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#1 posted 07-29-2017 09:52 PM

Personal opinion. Your view may differ.

I guess it depends on what you envision as the final use for the boards. You could easily make a board out of pine. It would immediately get scarred by the knives and would soon look like hell. Would it harbor bacteria? I don’t know. Would I want it on my kitchen counter as a daily user? No!

Do you plan to sell the boards? Do you plan to give them as gifts? If you answer YES to either of these questions, then I would suggest that you stick to the traditional hardwoods for your boards. Actually, I would suggest that you stick to the traditional hardwoods for your boards even if you will be the sole end user.

When I make an end grain cutting board, I spend a lot of time trying to get the optimal choice of stock, then carefully mill it to size so there will be a great fit on the joints. Then I slice the initial stack of pieces and carefully arrange the stock to give the best appearance to the end grain pattern. Then another careful glue-up, many passes through the drum sander. a lot of careful router work to create a curve on the end, a nice handle grip, and an edge profile. Then a lot of final sanding to get it perfect and many, many, many coats of a mineral oil / beeswax finish. The time and care I put into every board I make (I give them all away as gifts) far outweighs the cost of materials, even though I know that hardwoods cost a lot of money.

I would never make a cutting board out of pine.

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