Redwood Cutting Boards

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Project by JackMoony posted 03-17-2015 03:10 PM 4547 views 1 time favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A friend of mine asked me to make a few cutting boards for him. He had just finished remodeling his kitchen and, in the process, removed a large redwood ceiling beam as part of the construction. He brought me two 8’ beams, each 18” thick and made of stacked redwood 2×4s. When he arrived, and handed them to me, I thought—this is a good friend to have…

Here are pictures of the first batch of boards, each is approx 18’ x 12’. I made a total of 10 last year (my family was thrilled to each get one at Christmas), and I have enough material to make another dozen or so.

-- Chris Wilder, Santa Cruz CA

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#1 posted 03-18-2015 10:56 PM

Do they hold up? I have virtually unlimited access to smaller chunks of old growth redwood. I’ve never thought of making cutting boards out of it though. It always seemed much too soft. Especially if it’s a piece taken from construction material. I had a 10 by 12 beam that I used to make a coffee table out of and with my plane razor sharp, I was still getting some tear out. But that’s to be expected I suppose when it’s had a chance to season for the last 100+ years.

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#2 posted 03-19-2015 03:21 PM

Hi Wagon! Yeah… I don’t know how long they will hold up. This is my first time using redwood for a cutting board. But, so far, after 3 months, my cutting board still looks great. I did have new challenges building the boards because the wood was so soft. I had difficulties sanding the end grain smooth with an oscillating sander, and I gave up on trying to route the edges, because of all the chip out. What did work, was that I used a drum sander and then hand sanded the edges.

-- Chris Wilder, Santa Cruz CA

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