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#1 posted 08-17-2016 01:52 AM

I might get skewered for my response – but I don’t buy into the flip every other board to prevent warping. I especially don’t buy into it for something as small as a cutting board. I believe a cutting board, of any construction type, is much more likely to warp by being mistreated than by poor construction.

Now I do say “poor construction” with tongue in cheek in that if you start with lumber that is not flat or otherwise properly prepared, then yes – a cutting board might warp. You can’t clamp a twisted/cupped/warped/etc. board into a nice, well constructed cutting board – it’s junk in, junk out in that instance.

It might just be luck (I don’t think so) – but I make and sell a lot of cutting boards and the only ones I have ever been called about being warped is because they have been left sitting in a puddle of water, once when it was actually submerged in a sink of dishwater or it was stored in a sun-drenched window sill.. That’s not to say I don’t pay attention to grain direction – but I pay more attention to the look of the board.

I can only speak to my experience and someone else may have a different experience and I can’t give you a scientific reason/rebuttal for why it’s not been a problem for me.

If you are consistently having a warping issue something might be askew in the lumber you are using or in technique.

I am also in the camp that your can over-clamp a project. You don’t have to make the clamps “gorilla” tight.

Just my two cents.

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