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Forum topic by Micah Muzny posted 11-18-2013 10:58 PM 1033 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Micah Muzny

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11-18-2013 10:58 PM

Where do you get your wood for making cutting boards? I was looking to find Maple, walnut and others that would be good to use. My brother ask me to make a cutting board for his family. At first I had some oak, but I don’t want to take the chance of bacteria or something getting in the pores and getting my brother, sister-in-law or wonderful 2 year old niece sick. I like the cutting boards with the patterns and designs on them and wish to try and make one. What are some good contrasting woods to make a patterned cutting board out of and where to find them? Also if you have any pictures of cutting boards please feel free to share them! I like seeing other designs and get bits of ideas and advice from others. Thanks in advance!

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#1 posted 11-18-2013 11:27 PM

I have used maple in the past for cutting boards. As you said oak is a poor choice because of it’s open pores. I no longer make wood cutting boards because of the health risks. I know some will say it is safe if you’re careful, but salmonella can be deadly for the elderly and those with a weakened immune system. I enjoyed making cutting boards from recycled wood from maple tables, but now I buy the plastic ones. At the school cafeteria that my wife and I cook at only plastic boards are allowed. Maybe you would enjoy making other items such as bowls or serving trays. If you do decide to make cutting boards, restrict their use to cutting things like breads, and not meats, especially chicken. I know I’ll probably get slammed for my views, but it is what it is. :-)
regards Ed

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#2 posted 11-19-2013 12:02 AM

Google “hardwood lumber” and your zip code and you should find some retailers (not the borg). Maple, walnut, cherry should be readily available and are good choices for contrast. Some people are concerned about walnut allergies. I tell people the woods included and let them make informed choices. HTH

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#3 posted 11-19-2013 12:04 AM

Re bacteria on wood cutting boards. Research out of the University of Tennessee suggests that wooden cutting boards may be safer than plastic ones as wood shows antiseptic traits and actually kills bacteria on contact.
Also out of Wisconsin see:

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#4 posted 11-19-2013 01:43 AM

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