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    Need Advice - The Ideal Cutting Board for Home use

    I was hoping you guys could give me some advice.
    My boss wants me to make some cutting boards to sell in one of our galleries. I was wondering what you feel are good dimensions and anything else you feel would be good features if you could have a cutting board made exactly how you like.

    I have a lot of old straight grain wood that I will be using. My plan was to cut it so there would be end grain surface to the cutting boards. I spent a bit of time looking at the cutting boards in the stores and didn't see anything I would be willing to use, let alone purchase.

    To cut to the chase, what would want in the ideal cutting board?
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    Ok maybe I am not the best person to answer this question and if I am wrong in any of this info please feel free to correct me.
    Wood choices;
    Use woods that have edible fruit or edible sap, the ones that come to mind are apple, cherry, pear, plum and olive, also maple and birch. Not sure about the citrus woods.
    My board is 12" x 18" and its too small for me, but this may be OK for some people using smaller knives, but its the smallest size I would recommend making.
    I know its more work, but maybe do something besides a checkerboard pattern with a boarder. The only thing that comes to mind is a starburst.
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    I like cherry and maple.Also the less glue joints the better.

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    I've used maple, mahogany and walnut. The best is maple, in my opinion.
    +1 to using big blocks and an 18x12 minimum size

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    If I had a 2" thick, 16x22 slab of solid(one piece) cross-cut American black cherry, I'd never think of another board again.

    To me every board is just a game of how close you can get to that one.

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    I use a 3x18X22 hard rock maple board, no glue. It is actually held together with 4 threaded rods and nuts that run the width of the board. The ends are counter sunk and the holes plugged with dowels and flush sanded smooth. One hell of a board.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sachem allison View Post
    I use a 3x18X22 hard rock maple board, no glue. It is actually held together with 4 threaded rods and nuts that run the width of the board. The ends are counter sunk and the holes plugged with dowels and flush sanded smooth. One hell of a board.
    That sucker ought to have some weight to it. Got any pictures?

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    Black Walnut is the king here

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    I say buy a Boardsmith board, there are no finer boards out there.

    Eamon, good idea, but a one piece board that large will warp/crack/check/split over time no matter what. It just has too much stress, not unlike a honyaki blad has internal stress and will warp out of true straight over time
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    Quote Originally Posted by Burl Source View Post
    To cut to the chase, what would want in the ideal cutting board?
    Maple.

    End grain, large blocks (1.75" - 5.5" or larger) to minimize glue joints.

    2" thick. 14" x 20" minimum. 18" x 22" preferred.

    Feet to lift board off the counter to allow drying.
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