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#1 posted 11-24-2020 06:04 PM

Out of curiosity I had to google “German” serving boards to see what made them German. No particular differences found but all I saw on etsy were either edge or face grain in construction.

You probably already realize that a “hard” wood is important to a functioning “cutting” board but for a serving board it is not as important but as mentioned above stay away from wood with open pores unless you plan to apply a hard top coat which would be OK for a serving board.

I personally do not like putting mineral oil on serving or cutting boards. It never dries or cures the only top coat you can use on is is wax and I would hate to see it leave a stain a nice table cloth. I have had good luck with processed Walnut oil. It cures hard and dry and can be top coated if desired. For serving platters or boards I usually apply a hard top finish like Salad bowl finish from General or Behlens but water based poly would work too.

Regarding grain orientation. For your described purpose the main difference in construction will be in smoothing the surface after assembly. Getting a smooth level surface on end grain can be a difficult and tedious process…even if you have a drum sander. Do not run an end grain board through a planer to get it level and smooth…..You might get away with it but it could also be disastrous.

-- Les B, Oregon

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