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    Wood to not use for a cutting board.

    Are there any wood species that anyone would not use when making a cutting board? I know that some wood is unhealthy if the sawdust is breathed in and I was wondering if that holds true if it's made into a cutting board.

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    Re: Wood to not use for a cutting board.

    Good question
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    Re: Wood to not use for a cutting board.

    You would want to stay away from open grained woods like red oak. The wood itself may not be unhealthy, but there are too many places for juices and such to collect and/or soak in.
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    Re: Wood to not use for a cutting board.

    Woods to stay away from: spalted anything, black locust (the bark will kill a mule), most cedars, pine, any wood the bugs won't eat and a lot of the exotics.

    The general rule of thumb for a wood that is acceptable to use is any wood from a tree with a running sap, hard maple = maple syrup, or any tree with an edible nut or fruit. Although Oak has an edible nut, I believe the wood is far to porous to be useful.

    Also, the hardness has to be considered. If you are using a European brand knife, the wood hardness isn't that meaningful. If you are using a Japanese knife which is a harder steel and has a steeper bevel angle, then the wood hardness can cause chipping problems in the edges.

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    Re: Wood to not use for a cutting board.

    hard maple and black walnut are widely used for cutting boards probably are some others but those 2 are definitely good for the purpose

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    Re: Wood to not use for a cutting board.

    Other than open pored woods like Red Oak which can provide places to harbor bacteria, I don't think that there is any wood which is actually dangerous to use. Seriously how much of the wood are you going to ingest by cutting on a cutting board. Even with vigorous cleaver chopping if there are chunks of wood coming off, you're doing it wrong. Even spalted wood that has been dried doesn't have any live fungi any more.

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    Re: Wood to not use for a cutting board.

    Quote Originally Posted by DaveO View Post
    Other than open pored woods like Red Oak which can provide places to harbor bacteria, I don't think that there is any wood which is actually dangerous to use. Seriously how much of the wood are you going to ingest by cutting on a cutting board. Even with vigorous cleaver chopping if there are chunks of wood coming off, you're doing it wrong. Even spalted wood that has been dried doesn't have any live fungi any more.

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    Re: Wood to not use for a cutting board.

    Quote Originally Posted by MarkE View Post
    Is it ok to eat the dead fungi?
    with proper seasoning yes......
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    Re: Wood to not use for a cutting board.

    Maybe a little Heinz 57? Yum
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    Re: Wood to not use for a cutting board.

    The key point is that you shouldn't be ingesting any of the cutting board, if you are you are using it wrong.
    My favorite dead fungi are portabello and ****aki mushrooms sauteed with butter and garlic.

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    Re: Wood to not use for a cutting board.

    "My favorite dead fungi are portabello and ****aki mushrooms sauteed with butter and garlic."

    Really!!?? Now we are starring the parts of (non english) words that sound like swear words??

    That is completely ridonkulous!!!

    ***Sarcasm***

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    Re: Wood to not use for a cutting board.

    Quote Originally Posted by dlrion View Post
    "My favorite dead fungi are portabello and ****aki mushrooms sauteed with butter and garlic."

    Really!!?? Now we are starring the parts of (non english) words that sound like swear words??

    That is completely ridonkulous!!!

    ***Sarcasm***
    We could make an exception in the editing program that would allow that particular fungi's name to be seen, but really how often do we discuss mushrooms in conjunction with woodworking.

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