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Forum topic by WannaBeWoodSmith posted 12-20-2014 06:41 PM 1072 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-20-2014 06:41 PM

Topic tags/keywords: cutting board long grain christmas presents help question

Hello all !!!

I am less than 15 minutes new to your cool site. I have known about LJ for some time and have found it helpful to decide on tools listed on Craigslist. Now I am here to get opinions on how I should go about making Long Grain Cutting Boards for Christmas presents for my sisters.

This is only my second woodworking project, my first being an elevated garden bed I used to grow tomatoes this summer.

My original thought was to make End Grain cutting boards, but my Christmas budget will not allow end grain for 8 adults and then the latest stupid and expensive toys for all my nieces and nephews.

So after that too long of an into here’s my question …....

I am batching out 8 boards. I am using 5/4 Hard (White) Maple, and on a couple of VERY special boards it will be Black Walnut with Maple contrast. The cutting boards will be 19 1/2 X 13 1/2 X 1 1/4 with a 1/2” (wide) X 3/8” (deep) ditch around the perimeter 9/16” in from the edge, to catch any juices coming from the food being cut

I am unsure whether to use 2 or 3 wide cut boards to glue up for the 13 1/2 inch width, or if I should use 4 or 5 boards to make that width. What is better in the long run for a board I am QUITE sure will be used daily ?

2 Boards or 5 boards ….. Discuss (Please)




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#1 posted 12-20-2014 06:45 PM

If you rip the boards smaller and flip the grain of every-other piece, the glue-up should be more warp resistant. Good for things constantly being washed, like cutting boards. Otherwise you’ll end up with a cutting banana after a few uses :) .

-- Allen, Colorado (Instagram @bobasaurus_woodworking)

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#2 posted 12-20-2014 06:51 PM

Thanks Allen

I will flip the grain. I am guessing I should go with 5 boards then ?


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#3 posted 12-20-2014 06:57 PM

If your stock is stable, then you should be fine either way. If it is not stable, your problems will be more extreme with wider boards. Generally what causes warping on cutting boards is uneven exposure to moisture when they are used/washed, so when they warp it is generally in a convex pattern toward the side the receives more moisture, rather than following the direction of growth rings, and this condition is equally likely on wide strips as narrow strips.

-- PaulMayer,

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#4 posted 12-20-2014 07:03 PM

AWESOME ….. Thanks Paul !!!

Off to the Garage… I mean workshop to start ripping some wood


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#5 posted 12-20-2014 07:21 PM

Interesting. For edge grain cutting boards I usually rip to about 2” width or less. Flipping the grain opposite directions helps keep any warpage from occurring. The wider the board the more chance each board will show warpage with each piece, whether it is the same direction or alternating.

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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#6 posted 12-20-2014 07:30 PM

Thanks Dallas

By The Way …... Has anyone seen my tape measure ??

Just kidding


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#7 posted 12-21-2014 05:26 PM

The more boards, the better, in reality. So, 5

-- The Wood Is Your Oyster

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#8 posted 12-22-2014 01:10 AM

Flatsawn boards will tend to cup more the wider they are. Quarter sawn boards are much less apt to cup. So if yours are flatsawn, go with 5 boards. If quarter sawn, 2 may work fine.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#9 posted 12-22-2014 09:18 AM

Thanks Dallas

By The Way …... Has anyone seen my tape measure ??

Just kidding

- WannaBeWoodSmith

My recommendation for the tape measure conundrum… buy 9, you will know where 2 are.

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