Are Radiata Pine and Tassie Oak safe to use for a chopping board?

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Forum topic by TheWoodfather posted 11-08-2013 07:50 AM 2415 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-08-2013 07:50 AM

Topic tags/keywords: chopping board chopping block chopping block board pine foodsafe

I’d like to make a couple of End Grain chopping boards, they seem to be a rite of passage for any woodworker.

The only wood really available near me is that from Bunnings / Masters or a couple of smaller yards, the problem is their wood ranges from Radiata Pine to Tassie Oak and back again.

I assume the Oak is fine to use but it is pricey and quite boring to look at.

1. Is the structural Pine sold at these stores safe to use from a poison perspective?
2. Is Pine a bad choice because it is too soft or water absorbent?

Anyone made boards from these woods before that can help guide me?

-- - A daddy that loves playing with his kiddies and his tools!

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#1 posted 11-08-2013 10:40 AM

I wouldn’t for a few reasons,

1. It’s porous and absorbent.
2. There’s no telling what they sprayed on it.
3. It’s just not very pretty.

That’s just me though. But you know, you work with what you got.

-- “If Jesus had been killed twenty years ago, Catholic school children would be wearing little electric chairs around their necks instead of crosses.” ― Lenny Bruce

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#2 posted 11-08-2013 11:20 PM

Thanks mate, yep, I may just have to wait to get my hands on proper timber. You’re right, probably the safest way to go.

-- - A daddy that loves playing with his kiddies and his tools!

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#3 posted 11-09-2013 12:30 AM

Shipping to Australia might be prohibitive:

-- "Man is the only animal which devours his own, for I can apply no milder term to the general prey of the rich on the poor." ~Thomas Jefferson

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#4 posted 11-09-2013 12:32 AM

Just did a search on tassie oak and found that it is eucalyptus. I then did a search on eucalyptus cutting boards and they are available for sale, so it would seem that it would be ok to make cutting boards from it.

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.

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