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Old 04-19-2008, 07:06 AM   #1
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Wood for cutting board

I am looking to make a end grain style cutting board I haven't found the right size for my needs. and it sounds like a fun project to keep me busy for a while. I was looking to use maple and cherry for the cutting surface, then wrap a black walnut trim around it. I have been looking online and can't find a good source for info on which woods would be a good fit. I'm pretty sure these are ok, just wondered what choices were out there so i can get the look I want.

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Old 04-19-2008, 08:35 AM   #2
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Try Googles archives (?) of the rec.woodworking newsgroup.

THIS LINK will take you to a quoted search for cutting board.
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Old 04-19-2008, 12:06 PM   #3
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I am looking to make a end grain style cutting board I haven't found the right size for my needs. and it sounds like a fun project to keep me busy for a while. I was looking to use maple and cherry for the cutting surface, then wrap a black walnut trim around it. I have been looking online and can't find a good source for info on which woods would be a good fit. I'm pretty sure these are ok, just wondered what choices were out there so i can get the look I want.
The combination of the three very different woods should be both striking and beautiful.

Contact David Smith here. He'll be able to answer any questions you have.

Good luck - sounds like a fun project.

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Old 04-21-2008, 02:34 PM   #4
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In years past I knew people that made cutting boards from a horizontal slice of a tree trunk. Edging was the original bark. I still have one inherited from my grandparents. A couple small rubber feet on the bottom protected the counter top and make it easier to grab.
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Old 04-21-2008, 02:50 PM   #5
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The three woods you mentioned work fine. Most tight grain hardwoods will work. Read up on grain direction for a stable work surface.
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Old 04-22-2008, 10:51 PM   #6
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I asked the same question a while ago, and in the end I figure out that it was not worthe my time. By the time I would buy material and special glue, whuich you have to make sure to get food proof glue, it was going to be too much money. How ever if you need special size it might be the right project for you. Just make sure to get the right glue. Wood, you can choose any hard woods, and spend as much money as you can afford. The stronger tha better.
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Old 04-23-2008, 01:38 PM   #7
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Far as the glue, Titebond II is "FDA approved for indirect food contact (cutting boards)" (ref: The back of the Titebond bottle). I think I paid $4.50 for a quart, may have been more, it's one of those things that if I forgot to take it with me and I'm 10 miles from home but 5 miles from Lowes I just go get another bottle.

OTOH, with a glue with as short of set time as Titebond your into some serious 'speed layup'.

The cost of the glue is inconsequential when compared to the cost of the wood.

And cutting boards are one of those things which require woodworking equipment. {details and opinions on which equipment omitted}

An idea I've been toying with is to acquire several edge grain cutting boards, cross cutting them into wide strips and gluing those strips together in an end grain configuration. Problem is getting edge grain cutting boards at a good price.
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Old 05-02-2008, 09:05 AM   #8
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Video: This guy is pretty funny.
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Old 05-02-2008, 09:28 AM   #9
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Whoa! Good stuff! Now I know why a good end grain board costs so much. Thanks for posting that link.
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Old 05-02-2008, 10:54 AM   #10
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From that video, it doesn't look like it's that hard to do.

Of course, when they go to put words on my tombstone, they will be, "It doesn't look like it's that hard to do."
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