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Forum topic by Al posted 02-23-2014 02:22 PM 935 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-23-2014 02:22 PM


I was hoping to get a definitive answer regarding woods that should be avoided for cuuting boards regarding toxicity. I want to use purple heart, bubinga and maple for an end grain board. I’m OK with the maple…any input on the other 2 choices? Thanks, Al

-- Al Meriden, Connecticut

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#1 posted 02-24-2014 02:42 AM

I have used all three. I think the pore size in the bubinga a little larger than might be desirable, but I haven’t had any issues that I could track back to that. Here is a chart of wood toxicity. FWIW

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#2 posted 02-24-2014 02:49 AM

Ever seen a dead woodchuck? Yes, the toxicity issue may exist in some wood but the fact is that unless you are trying to make a cutting board soup with your next meal, there isn’t enough volume of toxicity to be concerned about when all you are doing is carving a turkey full of hormones and other toxins that make them grow from 1 day old to 15 pounds in less than 45 days. Naturally that would take 3-4 years.


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#3 posted 02-24-2014 03:52 AM

I agree with the previous two replies. Most woods that have a level of toxicity are only a problem in the form of dust created by sanding or cutting. You’d have to really go at it with a carving knife to raise any kind of loose material that would be a problem.

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