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Forum topic by Steve Kreins posted 09-24-2014 06:26 PM 913 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Steve Kreins

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09-24-2014 06:26 PM

Topic tags/keywords: question tip mahogany maple walnut oak

Now that I’m back to making saw dust I need some advice. Yea, I know, no surprise. ;)

I’m making a couple of end grain cutting boards now and I’m using some really expensive wood. That’s OK for one or two boards, but not if I’m going to make some to sell. The local supplier, Dakota Hardwoods, has fair prices and I can pick up any quantity without paying shipping. Since I only need two types for these cutting boards, one light and one dark, which of the following might get me into trouble or what two woods would you recommend?

RED OAK
MAPLE (Northern White Hard)
MAHOGANY
BLACK WALNUT
HICKORY (PECAN) lots of this in Texas.

So, any ideas, tips, types of wood I didn’t mention or anything you’d like to throw at me?
I really appreciate you guys!

-- I thank God for everything, especially all of you!


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#1 posted 09-24-2014 06:43 PM

Maple and Black Walnut are my two recommendations. I’ve never used mahogany. Consider Cherry too.

I’d shy away from Red Oak and Hickory/Pecan since it is more porous.

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#2 posted 09-24-2014 06:54 PM

Here’s a older thread worth referencing too
http://lumberjocks.com/topics/38775

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#3 posted 09-24-2014 07:29 PM

Out of the woods listed, definitely Walnut and Maple. Best hard woods, best color contrast and both glue up really well.

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#4 posted 09-24-2014 09:52 PM

I agree with paxorian and OldWrangler about the walnut & maple. I’ve also used Purpleheart on cutting boards—but I only try to use a bit (for accents) to keep the cost down. I also like cherry. I don’t know if you can get it down your way, but quarter-sawn sycamore is great for cutting boards IMHO and not too expensive.

-- Howard - "Time spent making sawdust is not deducted from one's lifetime." - old Scottish proverb

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#5 posted 09-24-2014 10:01 PM

I have made one from all mahogany. It is fine, but that’s it for mahogany. I’ve made numerous ones from maple and walnut and I really prefer that combination. I will be making a large pig cutting board from that combination tomorrow.

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

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#6 posted 09-25-2014 12:42 AM

Do not make any end grain cutting board out of oak of any type. Oak has very large pores on the end grain and thus soaks up liquids quite easily.

For cuttingboards you will want tight grained woods that folks tend to not be allergic to. The most common species used are walnut, cherry, maple, and mahogany. Purpleheart is less common but still used.

I do not have any experience with hickory. If it is a tight grained wood then it could be used.

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#7 posted 09-25-2014 12:44 AM

Red oak has open pores, white oak does not. I use white oak in my boards.

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

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#8 posted 09-25-2014 01:17 AM

I can’t comment on most of the woods mentioned, as we don’t have them, but mahogany is the wood to use here, I could never afford it back in Europe, but here (Colombia) it is used for just about everything, I find it great to work with, and it is tight grained, perfect for cutting boards.

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#9 posted 09-25-2014 02:00 AM

Steve,I don’t have any advice or recommendation on the subject ,it just good to see you back here posting,keep it up.

-- Ken from Ontario, Canada

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#10 posted 09-25-2014 03:18 AM

ADD ON QUESTION:

USING THE MAPLE / WALNUT COMBINATION, WOULD YOU GET 8/4 (as the Wood Whisperer recommends) OR 6/4?

THE WOOD COST FOR 7 CUTTING BOARDS USING 8/4 = $144.00

Wood Whisperer’s Board using 8/4 – final board is 19 1/2” x 12

WITH 6/4 = $115.00 BUT YOU’LL END UP WITH SHORTER BOARDS? (I THINK?)

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