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Cotton wood for cutting board

Hey hows it going everyone, so I cut some cotton wood up awhile ago I mostly cut rounds out of some bout foot and a half tall and wide logs of it, for table tops, but I was wondering would cotton wood be safe for a cutting board? I know some wood is toxic and isn't the best for cutting boards, also do I have to finish it. if its going to be a cutting board obviously nothing toxic can go on the cutting board since food and knives will be on it, but would linseed oil or tung or something of that sort even be worth it, with all the knife cuts that will be inflicted on it?
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Cottonwood would be safe enough to use for a cutting board however you would need to expect it to wear out fast. The wood is so soft it would cut up badly.

You would not want to use linseed oil or tung oil on it. There is cutting board oil available at most of the box stores or you could use mineral oil.
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Wouldn't raw linseed oil be okay? I know boiled linseed oil isn't food safe.

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Where I grew up we used cottonwood for firewood. It's really too soft for a cutting board in my opinion. If you are going to spend the time to make the cutting board, spend a few bucks and get some hardwood, it will last a lot longer.
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I was talking bout cotton wood because when I had a chainsaw I had cut some circle table tops and some squares out of it, I try not to spend money on wood im a broke woodworker,i use reclaimed and hopefully soon ill l get another chainsaw and be back into live cuts. and when I said linseed I meant 100%
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Wouldn't raw linseed oil be okay? I know boiled linseed oil isn't food safe.
Linseed oil might be safe to use but stinks to high heaven. Would you want that in your food?
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I dunno, my MIL said she used to use it, I use mineral oil and beeswax on my kitchen projects.

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The only time I ever used cottonwood for a project, the wood warped and bowed every time the humidity changed----very unstable----
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