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    Cutting board with or without feet?

    I'm going to buy a Boardsmith board as a wedding present for a young couple. Leaning toward getting the board without the feet, so it can be used on two sides.

    What do all of you think? Do you have feet on your board or not?

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    I don't use a board smith, but I love my homemade end grain without feet. I made it 2" thick so it has height to it, but finished it on both sides so I can flip it of it gets really dirty during prep, then wash it all at once when I'm done. Slipping problem solved with a peice of non stick shelf liner or a damp towel. I like the shelf liner better, as its thinner, and if I only use one side of the board, it can stay there.

    IMO crumbs and crap gettin under the board in the small space left by the feet is annoying as hell
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    With. Last thing you need is moisture getting trapped underneath.....
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    I like having the feet on my boards. When I ordered my boards, I debated whether or not to go with the feet. Now, though, I'll choose feet if they're available. It's convenient and makes it easy to quickly dry out the board after washing.

    Not a must, I think, but certainly something that I have gotten to like quite a bit.
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    I don't understand the desire to use both sides of a board.

    You can only use one side at a time, and would never flip it over dirty, so what's the point?

    The feet allow you to pick it up and move it easily too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ThEoRy View Post
    With. Last thing you need is moisture getting trapped underneath.....
    I agree. And, if you keep it clean and moisturized with oil, one side is all you'll need. Feet also make it easier to pick up. If you have a large heavy board that definitely a plus. The extra height it gives could be a benefit too, especially if you're tall.

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    If it's a board that's going to more or less permanently occupy an area of bench space I'd definitely go for feet.

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    I personally like boards without feet. I just put a sink mat underneath, and moisture has never been a problem. I have one with and one without, and I almost always go for the one without feet.

    With that said, since this is a gift and you can't ensure how it will be treated over time, I would suggest one with feet. Just one thing to consider though is the height of the board and the people you are buying it for. If one or both of them are shorter, the feet do add some added height. My board with feet is almost three inches high. I would consider recessed feet to lower the board unless they are both tall and you know it isn't an issue.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Johnny.B.Good View Post
    I don't understand the desire to use both sides of a board.

    You can only use one side at a time, and would never flip it over dirty, so what's the point?

    The feet allow you to pick it up and move it easily too.
    I often use both sides. If a protein contaminates one side during food prep, then I can wipe it off and flip it over if need be without taking it to the sink to wash it off. I'll wash it later when I have time. I usually use Dexas Fleximats on top of my board to reduce protein contamination, but sometimes it happens regardless. I'll also flip it sometimes after cutting spicy ingredients like peppers. It's not like I am flipping a nasty dirty board, it is just a matter of utility, timing, and wanting to segregate certain food prep.

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    I switch after cutting onions or garlic.

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