Cutting or not....any ideas

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Project by A.Scott posted 12-27-2015 03:00 PM 1744 views 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well this Black Locust wood came from my sisters place in Ohio. I used it to make this cutting board but after putting it together I thought I once heard someone say not to use wood with knots for cutting boards.
So does anyone have any guidance on using wood with knots for cutting boards?

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#1 posted 12-27-2015 03:09 PM

If the surface isn’t smooth food can get into the voids making a great place for bacteria to feed and
reproduce. I think it could still be used if any voids are filled or plugged.

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#2 posted 12-27-2015 09:42 PM

yeah knots will work but as said it needs to be smooth id fill with epoxy and as long as there are no voids you should be fine.

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#3 posted 12-29-2015 12:16 PM

Take that board to the table saw and make crosscuts as wide as you want a cutting board’s thickness. Make an end grain cutting board which will be much more attractive and more useful. Put the pieces back together on a table, then roll each piece 90 degrees. Consider flipping every other piece end for end. Design possibilities are virtually endless, so much more than face grain.

As for the knot, if it’s tight, it shouldn’t be a problem. By using the above method, you can just take out the piece with the knot if you are afraid the knot will come loose.

This board is cherry, walnut, and maple. With three colors and multiple sequences, you can make designs you could never get with face grain boards. When you consider the texture of the grain, you get still another facet to the overall design, like this butcher block table:

You can get end grain as smooth as glass, especially with a Festool sander. Use a commercial blend of oils, but try to find one without wax in it. If there’s any wax, it looks good until it dries. Then the wax flakes off like dandruff on the board and you have to brush it off. Better to use oil with no wax. No vegetable oils!

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#4 posted 12-29-2015 07:52 PM

Bacteria…that is what it was…Thanks
I was going to make this just a decorative piece but I think I will do as some of you have suggested and change it to an end grain cuttinb board.
Thanks again!!

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