Shaped Cutting Board -- Layer wood panels to prevent warping?

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Forum topic by Karen posted 06-26-2019 05:34 PM 305 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-26-2019 05:34 PM

Topic tags/keywords: cutting board warp

You guys have always given me great info, so please help me think this one through!

I’d like to make a cutting board out of scraps, but I’ve got 7/8” thick maple, making it prime for warping. I also have a 1/4” thick piece of walnut I can use, and I’m wondering if making panels and then layering them would make the board warp-resistant. Here’s my idea:

- Rip the maple into 2” strips, then resaw the strips in half
- Glue the maple strips together, alternating grain, making two 3/8” thick panels (maybe a little less after plaining)
- Make a 1/4” thick walnut panel the same way
- Glue the three panels together: 3/8” maple on the bottom, 1/4” walnut in the middle, 3/8” maple on the top

So, basically, I’d end up with a 1” +/- thick cutting board, made from three layered panels.

Would all that help prevent warping??

I’d appreciate any thoughts, tips, or ideas you have!! THANKS!

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#1 posted 06-26-2019 06:02 PM


How’s that for helpful? ;-)

It has a lot to do with the wood, the environment and how the panel is structured. In theory, the answer is yes. The thinner the material and the better it’s constrained, the less movement it will experience. Plywood is stable for this very reason. Although plywood has more strata and alternates grain direction. I don’t really see the need to cut in strips and glue back into panels though. If it were me, I’d just resaw it as it is.

The biggest things to look for though are: Is the wood dry before you start (12% MC or less) and where is the board from in the tree? Quartersawn or flatsawn?

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#2 posted 06-26-2019 06:47 PM

Your over thinking it. Rip the maple into 2” strip, turn them on edge, and face glue them. Throw the 1/4” walnut in there where it looks good.

Don’t over cook the steak or vegetables.

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#3 posted 06-27-2019 03:17 PM

You mean layering them cross grain like plywood? I couldn’t say whether that would work or not. You’d have to experiment. CW gives good advise, ripping strips from a flat sawn board and then gluing them on edge will give you an edge grain board that will resist warping.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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