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Forum topic by JUC posted 07-17-2014 10:34 PM 954 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-17-2014 10:34 PM

Good day, I want to make my first cutting board. What is a good hard wood for the base wood? Do I need to use hard wood? What If I do some inlays, hard wood needed here also? Any woos suggestions would help.
Thanks for your help

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#1 posted 07-17-2014 10:37 PM

Maple is the standard.
Any closed grain domestic hardwood will do.
Do research on any exotic hardwood you might use.

-- Scott Smith, Southern Illinois

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#2 posted 07-17-2014 10:59 PM

I have seen cutting boards from a single piece of pine. So I guess soft woods are OK. Those boards did show a lot of wear from use. I wonder if pine would give any off flavors to some food.

-- Wisconsin Wildcat

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#3 posted 07-17-2014 11:56 PM

The FDA says to use close grained hardwood such as maple. Walnut (as long as the end user isn’t concerned about walnut allergy) and cherry are 2 other great options. Here is a list of various woods and their respective allergy potentials.

However, IMO one is extremely unlikely to develop or experience a wood allergy due to cutting board use. YMMV

-- Art

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#4 posted 07-18-2014 12:48 AM

Thanks for the help!! Now I can play in my shop.


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#5 posted 07-18-2014 01:10 AM

I’ve made about a dozen and gave to family members everybody says to pretty to use . So i don’t really know if it matters.

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#6 posted 07-18-2014 02:26 AM

I would never use pine. I only use maple, walnut, cherry, and hickory. With these colors, I can make my end grain boards like Navajo or Persian rugs, checkerboards, etc. With end grain boards, the design is limited only by your imagination.

I have used scraps as thin as 1/4 inch and as much as 2 inches thick and 4 inches wide. I save virtually everything and have figured out ways to use just about any size cut-off.

Once you have figured out how to make designs, refine your work by paying attention to the grain patterns which develop in the way you glue, roll, and flip end-for-end during the process.

Don’t waste your time on face grain boards.

-- --Dale Page

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