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I am going to be making a 3 inch think endgrain cutting board out of maple for a friend of mine. My budget is not large, and home depot is just down the road. Is the maple bought at home depot the correct type?

I have heard there is soft and hard maples.. but i certainly cannot tell the difference? Does anyone know?

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-Eric
 

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Do some shopping around and look for a local sawyer. Many of them not only saw but do some drying as well. I'm a little torn on the benefits of kiln drying, especially for something that is most likely going to be treated in oil anyway. I think you'll like the price and selection the local mills can give you. Best sources of info might me a local cabinet shop or yellow pages. Some of the guys who work millwork area in HD might know of some locals too. Hope this helps. BTKS
 

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If HD or Menards is the only place you can buy maple, it's fine for a cutting board or anything. I've used it to make a chair. It's plenty hard. I've even used it on the lathe to make the front legs.
 

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Greetings Eric: As stated above by the others, soft maple is fine to use. It is tight-grained, and if mixed with walnut or purpleheart, it makes a beautiful cutting board. The wood really pops when you put the oil to it. I made about 4, mixed and matched the wood, and they're great. Hard maple is sometimes hard to come by.
 
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