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post #1 of 7 Old 11-12-2019, 01:14 PM Thread Starter
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Basswood for cutting board?

I found a great deal on Basswood panels at a local lumberyard. Can I make cutting boards out of it? I know they are primarily used for sculpting and carving but technically it is a hardwood. So going back and forth to try it out. Any suggestions would be helpful. P.S : Do not want to take up carving. Yet...
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Let others weigh in, but I think Basswood is too soft for a cutting board that will be used for cutting. I know of some people who have cutting boards that are strictly for display and for that they would be fine.
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I found a great deal on Basswood panels at a local lumberyard. Can I make cutting boards out of it? I know they are primarily used for sculpting and carving but technically it is a hardwood. So going back and forth to try it out. Any suggestions would be helpful. P.S : Do not want to take up carving. Yet...
Are you making actual "cutting boards", or presentation boards?

Basswood is soft, that is why folks like to carve it.

I wouldn't use it for a cutting board.

Just as a reference, from the wood-database website:

Basswood Janka Hardness 410 lb/f
Hard Maple Janka Hardness 1450 lb/f
Purple Heart Janka Hardness 2520 lb/f
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Even though basswood is technically a hardwood, do NOT use it for cutting boards, because it is too soft. The cut gashes would become breeding grounds for bacteria. Another hardwood that would be too soft is balsa. Avoid them both. Find a hardwood that is hard.

Popular woods for cutting boards are maple, cherry, and walnut. I am seeing more purpleheart in cutting boards lately.

A great resource to look up the properties of various woods, including Janka hardness, is:

https://www.wood-database.com
https://www.wood-database.com/wood-finder
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The "local" distributors that carry cutting boards for kitchens (made to size) use alder. It has a Janka hardness of 590 lb f. So, basswood isn't that far off the mark. I also suspect that it would be too soft, though.

I'd be interested in basswood panels for carving. Whereabouts are you?

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Im in Wisconsin. And yeah. i nded up using a bunch of walnut and Padauk to make my boards. They were 4.99 and 6.99 per BF at rockler during thanksgiving week.
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Lots of basswood up there. All I ever find around here a blocks and maybe a round or oval about a foot or less in diameter. I did buy some 8/4 and 12/4 boards from a local store (20 miles away), but they quit carrying it. A panel about the size of a cutting board would be a welcome sight.

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