How thin can an end grain cutting board be?

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Forum topic by Lloyd Davies posted 09-03-2009 07:32 AM 2585 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-03-2009 07:32 AM

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I’d love to hear some ideas on how thin you could make an end grain cutting board out of purpleheart and hard maple and still have it stand up to normal wear and tear? Mark Spagnuolo with his design located here suggests 1 1/4 inches thick which is about 32mm.

Thanks for your opinions, Lloyd

-- Northern California

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#1 posted 09-03-2009 05:32 PM

I made some from walnut and hard maple. They were about 7/8” thick when finished. They have stayed flat and seem to be holding up OK.

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#2 posted 09-03-2009 06:52 PM

I have made them down to 3/4” with no issues to speak of. Thick boards are great, but sometimes people just want a lightweight board to use. Moving around a large beast all the time is the biggest complaint I hear about the thick boards I make.

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#3 posted 09-04-2009 04:58 AM

I will not make my boards thinner than 1&3/8 when they are under 12 X 16.
if they are 12 X 16 or 12 X 18 I make them 1&1/2
anything wider than 12 or longer than 18 I step it up to 1&3/4
16 X 22 or 18 X 24 I make no less than 2”
this is what my experience tells me, but then again, I do sell them to people. If it is for yourself, I would definitely NOT go under 1&3/8”
Just my opinion

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#4 posted 09-04-2009 07:26 AM

Seems to be some variation in opinions. The first one I made is 1&1/2” thick (maple and purpleheart) and it’s a really heavy beast.

More opinions welcome if you read this post.

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