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    Cutting board dilemma, need some advice :)

    Little background:
    My kitchen is same size as a kitchen in a studio apartment in NYC. I have about 2x2ft working area. If I move microwave somewhere else, I may gain about 1x1 but it's in corner area, so not really going to be used for prep but more like storage.

    I have a nice sani-tuff board that's 16x20 but 2 issues with it: it's heavy!!! and I can't clean it in kitchen sink because it's small and moving to the bathtub after use is ridiculous. I will have to cut it in 1/2 to fit.

    My other cutting board is a 12 x 12 decent one. I don't know what it's made off but it's nice and soft (not bamboo). The reason I like it and it's my daily board is because it fits nicely in my space and being 1/2" thick I can wash it easily and then put it just above sink to store.

    My other 2 boards (usually used for small mincing/etc) are bamboo and like 4x6 and maybe 6x8. They are small and very handy but are terrible for knives.

    I am trying to get 1-2 nicer knives this year as funds allow, but then why have nice knives and crappy boards....

    So here is my dilemma:

    1. I need 2 smaller boards (beside sani-tuff that I will cut), what is the best choice that will be gentle/good on knives? Ideally, I would like them to be light as I have to move them often.
    2. I have another nice bamboo board but it's end grain bamboo (made glued together 1"x1/2inch pieces perpendicularly). Can it be saved or bamboo = total lost cause for cutting boards?
    3. What's the best way to cut sati-tuff (manual saw)

    Any other ideas/advice?

    Thanks!

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    Call David and have him make you a custom maple board, I believe his minimum thickness is 2 inches, which is still heavy, but probably lighter than the Sanituff.

    Sanituff can be cut with a circular saw, jig saw, really any saw and the edges can be rounded. Sanituff boards are not bad, and can be trimmed to fit. I would toss the microwave, get rid of the "other" cutting boards, re-organize and try to get some more prep space.

    I have never seen a kitchen that small, any chance you can take a pic, I am really curious.

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    Get a bigger kitchen.
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    I have a 12"x12"x1.5" endgrain maple BoardSMITH. I like it for small kitchens/counters where I might have to move it out of the way. Otherwise, just get a cheap edgegrain board. They aren't bad. I also still have an old bamboo board. I can tell my edge doesn't last anywhere near as long on it but I do use it occasionally.

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    Ok here are pics... The issue with microwave...lots of things sit on it/etc, so moving it won't really give me more work space since sink is interfering.
    Here is the kitchen... I have about a 1ft x 3 ft (deep) spot right of the stove but that's for my air pot + spices/grinders/etc....

    2nd pic is of that (end-grain I suppose) bamboo board... it's nice with rubber feet/etc... But, i don't know if I can keep it and use with nicer knives...

    Left kettle in for size



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    Get a folding table and use it as an island. Back in grad school, I was handed down a "game table." It's aobut 3'x3'. I still use it sometimes when I do a lot of prep and I have a lot of counterspace these days. Also, your bamboo board is edge grain.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tk59 View Post
    Get a folding table and use it as an island. Also, your bamboo board is edge grain.
    +1

    Or you could maybe put a board over the sink or stove, but you couldn't use that while the board is covering it. Is there any open space to put in a table for an island?

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    Quote Originally Posted by tk59 View Post
    Get a folding table and use it as an island. Back in grad school, I was handed down a "game table." It's aobut 3'x3'. I still use it sometimes when I do a lot of prep and I have a lot of counterspace these days. Also, your bamboo board is edge grain.
    I have a table I can use for prep, but I want to see if removing microwave will do anything. From what I see, likely not...

    That bamboo being edge grain, does it help with it being softer perhaps and therefore gentler on the knives? Or is it still useless?


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    Quote Originally Posted by GlassEye View Post
    +1

    Or you could maybe put a board over the sink or stove, but you couldn't use that while the board is covering it. Is there any open space to put in a table for an island?
    Not at all... to the left there is a fridge JUST fits and then windows and to the right oven, then 1ft for tools and another wall...

    if I was to put table behind me(oven) i'd have to move it anytime I have to walk, so it's not an option.

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    The BoardSMITH board shown in pic is 12x12x1.5 Cherry with-out feet.
    Used daily, edge friendly, easy to wash and dry. always out, leans on the wall.

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