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Posted on Woods to use/avoid for cutting boards

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#1 posted 06-12-2012 12:55 PM

Yeah I always get anxious when I see people make walnut cutting boards. Sadly, I know a few people have come into my shop and I show them the pretty wood and they don’t realise “walnut wood” is the same thing as “walnut nuts”... or more specifically, that an allergy to one equals an allergy to the other.

It’s the only wood that has a very well-known and large allergy pool. Others, like rosewood, woodworkers can easily develop an allergy to after working it but the average person keeping a cutting board in their house is unlikely to encounter such ailments from the board.

I would like to second avoiding mahogany, butternut and cedar. Purpleheart and paduak are great choices! And yellowheart. Maybe holly?

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