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I am planning on making four cutting boards for Christmas gifts. My plan is to make them 12"x15"x1 1/2" and use either a Maple/Walnut or a Apple/Cherry combination with a checkerboard pattern. I was thinking my sqares would be 1 1/2"x1 1/2". I have a supplier locally where I am thinking I can get a couple of boards milled 2"x7" true. I am hoping to get each species in 6' lengths.

Provided the lumber is good throughout, are these numbers good or am I missing something here? I am trying to plan this to allow for waste due to cutting and allowing for any additional milling that I may need.
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I could be mistaken but I thought that the oil in fruit wood was poisonous as a food contact surface
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I am planning on making four cutting boards for Christmas gifts. My plan is to make them 12"x15"x1 1/2" and use either a Maple/Walnut or a Apple/Cherry combination with a checkerboard pattern. I was thinking my sqares would be 1 1/2"x1 1/2". I have a supplier locally where I am thinking I can get a couple of boards milled 2"x7" true. I am hoping to get each species in 6' lengths.

Provided the lumber is good throughout, are these numbers good or am I missing something here? I am trying to plan this to allow for waste due to cutting and allowing for any additional milling that I may need.
If you want to go the checkered board route there's a video and a PDF document ( 3rd link ) on the woodwhisperer site that may answer your questions.

For a more random look there's this article on the woodwiki.




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I could be mistaken but I thought that the oil in fruit wood was poisonous as a food contact surface
Walnut/cherry/maple combination have been used to make cutting boards for ever. Walnut shavings are indeed poisonous to horses and should not be used as bedding material. Also they should not be used in flower beds or be composted because it contains a chemical that stunts the growth of plants. But I have never heard of people having adverse reactions to it.
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Thank you for the tips. I went out yesterday and picked out a an 8' slab of maple and a thinner 8' slab of jatoba for less than $100. I think I scored a pretty good deal on that. Today I plan to glue up the Jatoba so I can get the thickness I need out of that.
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Thank you for the tips. I went out yesterday and picked out a an 8' slab of maple and a thinner 8' slab of jatoba for less than $100. I think I scored a pretty good deal on that. Today I plan to glue up the Jatoba so I can get the thickness I need out of that.
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