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07-21-2014 08:54 PM

I am making my first cutting board and need some glue up help. I am using 6/4 maple about 6” wide. Is it better to cut the 6” wide board down to some 2”wide strips and glue them together or is it ok to just glue the 6 boards together?
Thanks for your help!!

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#1 posted 07-21-2014 09:16 PM

Assuming your board isn’t quartersawn, you’ll get a more stable board from cutting the strips, flipping them on edge, and gluing them back together. A 6” wide board will me more likely to cup on you across the growth rings. Making an edge grain board such that the growth rings run more top-to-bottom than side-to-side helps with this. Edge grain also helps resist knife marks more than face grain, but less than end grain.

You could get a contrasting wood like cherry or walnut and put strips of those in between the maple for a decorative touch.

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#2 posted 07-21-2014 09:17 PM

If you rip the 6” boards down you could “mix – n -match” the grain patterns to make it more interesting. MAybe use some dark strips of other woods between the maple for contrast?

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#3 posted 07-22-2014 01:08 PM

Thank you for your help.!! That helps me understand several things I was thinking about.

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