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Forum topic by trsnider posted 03-20-2018 07:58 PM 720 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-20-2018 07:58 PM

Topic tags/keywords: checking bread board cutting board oak bad wood

I have some oak I that has fairly extensive checking (or chequeing (for our “across the pond” friends) in it. Is it suitable for making into bread / cutting boards or should I let it sit for a furniture project (which won’t be soon since I’m doing walnut furniture now)? The checks are throughout the boards throughout the entire 8’ length and across the width. Not real big but noticeable.

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#1 posted 03-20-2018 08:01 PM

Oak in general is not recommended for cutting boards due to the open/course grain, Oak with checking is even worse.

-- Randy - "I dont make mistakes, I make design change opportunities"

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#2 posted 03-20-2018 08:44 PM

Yeah I knew that about oak. These will now be “decorative wall hangings” :)

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#3 posted 03-22-2018 12:01 PM

If oak is dried too fast, it will honeycomb (internal checking).

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#4 posted 03-22-2018 01:05 PM

I know some people use oak for cutting boards, but I think it is too porous for that use. I personally would not buy one and for that reason I do not use oak in the cutting boards that I make. I also would not use any board that has a check in it. I save my oak scraps and make clocks out of them.

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#5 posted 06-16-2018 01:22 AM

Probably needs another coat of mineral spirits or similar stain.

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