09-27-2011 05:26 AM
I plan to make some cutting board using my left over cut-off from previous project.
I believe than any soft wood (pine, cedar) will not be suitable.
Any porous wood such as oak ?
I have cut-off made of maple, cherry, hickory, walnut, birch, ...
09-27-2011 07:55 AM
do not use softwoods (pine, poplar, cedar, redwood...), and do not use open grain hardwoods (red oak).
closed grain hardwoods work fine. i've used walnut, maple, cherry, teak, ebony, purple heart. white oak is ok too (closed grain, used for barrel making).
post pics when done?
09-27-2011 12:31 PM
What Dab has said.
What wood do you have?
09-27-2011 04:44 PM
I plan to use mostly:
-maple (soft, hard, birds eye, curly)
-cherry (regular, flamed)
-birch (regular, flamed)
-quarter sawn white oak
I will stay away from:
Would you consider ash to be too porous ?
09-27-2011 05:39 PM
If you can see the pores, don't use it. That's my standard. If you are doing an end grain cutting board, the pores will get packed with stuff. This makes them harder to clean.
I wouldn't use ash or red oak. An interesting "test" for you - the "flour" test. Sprinkle a little flour on a piece of planed wood and give it a little rub. Brush off or dump the flour. Give the wood a wipe with a damp paper towel or rag. If you can see a LOT of residual flour then don't use the wood for a cutting board.
That test is for rolling pins actually - but I figure it works reasonably well for cutting boards.