butcher block

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Project by lewis62 posted 12-11-2011 04:29 PM 3163 views 2 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I love all those cutting boards everyone has posted so I had to try.
It is all maple, end grain up, did run through planer with only light cuts with only a little tearout at end.
I have questions. In all my research, the only wood approved for cutting boards- butcher blocks approved by FDA,
is tight grained wood, no open pores, maple, beech.
Does any one worry about food residue getting into those pores of wood ,and contaminating the boards for next time use? Mainly open grained, walnut ,cherry,I would never use oak, hickory, ash etc.
What about exotics ,and the oils they contain, food contact?

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#1 posted 12-11-2011 05:02 PM

Great looking board! I can’t speak from experience as I have yet to make a cutting board, but there has been a lot of discussions about that topic on here. From what I have learned some people mix beeswax and mineral oil and brush it on until it soaks from top to bottom of board. That seals the open grain. If I were you I would send DEGOOSE an instant message and ask him. With all the boards he has made I’m sure he knows the answers.

-- The more I learn, the more I realize I don't know. Ron, Crossville Tn

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#2 posted 12-11-2011 05:05 PM

I love it. How thick is that? It’s wonderfully stout and chunky looking.

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#3 posted 12-11-2011 05:15 PM

go to the woodwhisperer website here: “ He shows how to make and tips on how to finish as well as woods to and not to use. Hope this helps. Love the board!!

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#4 posted 12-11-2011 05:16 PM

Nice looking pattern/design.

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#5 posted 12-11-2011 07:27 PM

Now. that is a butcher block! Are you going to make a set of legs or stand and make it a free standing island? I’ve always dreamed of cutting a section of a large tree trunk and make a free standing butcher block table out of it. I just haven’t found a suitable trunk yet.

-- LittlePAW - The sweetest sound in my shop, next to Mozart, is what a hand plane makes slicing a ribbon.

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#6 posted 01-14-2014 10:45 PM

The general rule of thumb for woods to use is any tree with an edible running sap or edible nuts. The only exception I know would be oak since it is porous and would be hard to sanitize properly. A lot of my customers use the high end Japanese style knives and they prefer a wood that isn’t to hard. Ash, pecan, hickory might be to hard. As far as the exotics go, some contain oils that may be toxic to humans. Spalted wood is another material to avoid. The bacteria that causes the spalting is harmful to humans.

-- David

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#7 posted 01-14-2014 11:48 PM

This post is almost 2 years old…. I’m a bit curious how the frames on the sides have held up?

Here’s my reason for asking.

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