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Forum topic by AM420 posted 12-13-2019 09:26 PM 2741 views 0 times favorited 60 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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AM420

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12-13-2019 09:26 PM

I recently renovated my kitchen and in the process decided to go with solid wood countertops because they were a lot cheaper than most alternatives: about $300-$500 each Depending on length from Floor and Decor the wood is American Cherry.

I have a large section leftover and thought maybe I could just cut it up and turn into some end grain cutting boards for Christmas gifts! Any reason to think this wouldn’t be a good idea due to wood type, source/manufacturing, or anything else?

Thanks


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#1 posted 12-13-2019 09:36 PM

Sure you can. While cherry isn’t the hardest wood it is a closed grain wood.

Woods like hard rock maple, walnut, cherry (all materials used by John Boos), and teak are considered “close grain,” meaning they have small pores for a smoother surface less friendly to bacteria.

-- Alaskan's for Global warming!

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#2 posted 12-14-2019 12:50 AM

Thanks. Now I’m trying to decide to cut strips and make it end grain or leave it edge grain. A 2 month old gurl limits my shop time a lot, but end grain would probably be best with a softer wood.

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#3 posted 12-14-2019 01:42 AM

End grain is best for any wood for a cutting board.

Think about how a blade interacts with grain. Edge grain, and it either slips between, or slices the grain. End grain, it almost always slips between.

-- John F. SoCal transplant, chewer uppper of good wood

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#4 posted 12-14-2019 01:55 AM

The only thing I would take pause is over what glue is used.
It’s possible it’s a urea formaldehyde glue if the countertops are finished with a varnish.

If the countertops are wood only that need wax, then it should be fine.

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#5 posted 12-14-2019 02:37 AM

youll be fine people worry too much about the finish or whatever,if it’s cured and dry it’s fine.you might wont to test for lead paint and asbestos though just to be safe!. ;)
yeah im a smart ass.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#6 posted 12-14-2019 03:01 AM

If he’s going to end grain it he’ll have to remove the finish so he can glue the pieces together. I wish he’d post if it’s finished or not. A picture would be really helpful also.

-- Alaskan's for Global warming!

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#7 posted 12-14-2019 03:06 AM



If he s going to end grain it he ll have to remove the finish so he can glue the pieces together. I wish he d post if it s finished or not. A picture would be really helpful also.

- AlaskaGuy


true if he’s gonna slice off pieces and glue together.hopefully he will come back,so many dont?

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#8 posted 12-14-2019 03:19 AM

I’d be interested to see if you can make a cutting board out of a scraps. Ive messed with cuts off from pre fab counter tops and found them to have lots of stress.
I think when they make them they clamp the crap out of whatever wood come out of their s4s moulder. Straight or not it goes into the clamps.
Hopefully your product was better then what I had.

Good Luck

-- Aj

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#9 posted 12-14-2019 03:47 AM

My problem isn’t with the finish, it’s with the possible use of urea formaldehyde glue which is used in a lot of large scale manufactured goods like that as well as plywoods.

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#10 posted 12-14-2019 04:06 AM

It was unfinished so no worries there. I was concerned with adhesive or anything other treatments. I may have to try to get the manufacturer on the phone to check for sure. I’m sure they’ll be like pulling teeth.

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#11 posted 12-14-2019 12:52 PM

The heck with the cutting boards, I want to see a picture of the Cherry counter tops

-- Don't outsmart your common sense

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#12 posted 12-14-2019 01:21 PM



The heck with the cutting boards, I want to see a picture of the Cherry counter tops

- becikeja

+1

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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#13 posted 12-14-2019 04:02 PM

Nothing too special I think, and there’s still work to do to finish the kitchen, but here’s a couple of photos.

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#14 posted 12-14-2019 07:18 PM

love wood counters i wish i could convince the wife.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#15 posted 12-14-2019 09:20 PM

I guess you plan on never letting any food touch your kitchen counter tops.

-- Alaskan's for Global warming!

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