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Forum topic by willhime posted 08-02-2018 07:31 PM 560 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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willhime

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08-02-2018 07:31 PM

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I’m making a large live edge cutting board for a friend so I started planing some oak slabs I had. That revealed some dark striations which I initially thought was a cool figure in the wood but then I started wondering if it’s actually just mild in which case that wouldn’t be ideal for a cutting board surface ? Are my suspicions correct ?

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RobHannon

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#1 posted 08-02-2018 07:57 PM

I believe that is Damascus Alder.

More seriously, if the wood is dried the fungus that causes spalting should be long dead. Sanding it could be a problem if you are sensitive to it, but a coat of oil would stop anything from being airborne once it is complete.

Spalted wood tends to be softer/punky. Does it feel stable enough for a cutting board?

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#2 posted 08-02-2018 08:06 PM

Looks like Cemetary Oak to me… smells like dead bodies when you cut it.
(Just what I want to prep my food on – heheh)

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#3 posted 08-02-2018 08:10 PM



Looks like Cemetary Oak to me… smells like dead bodies when you cut it.
(Just what I want to prep my food on – heheh)

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willhime

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#4 posted 08-02-2018 08:19 PM

It’s far from soft. Being for a cutting board though oil would be not good. Hopefully the bees knees wax will keep everything tidy

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