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I made a simple cutting board with Basswood. However it is not that attractive to look at. Can I laminate it with purpleheart (1/8 or 1/4) thickness with a water resistant/waterproof glue?
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I think it would be hard on knives. That is, its hardness would dull the knife rapidly.


I also do not think the look of purple heart would be good on a cutting board.


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I made a simple cutting board with Basswood. However it is not that attractive to look at. Can I laminate it with purpleheart (1/8 or 1/4) thickness with a water resistant/waterproof glue?
I do it all of the time, looks great.
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Welcome to the forum! Add your location to your profile so it shows in the side panel. Add your first name to your signature line so we'll know what to call you.

I'll have to disagree with George, which is rare. I like Purpleheart and I think it works well for cutting boards. It's not any tougher on knives than other hard(er) woods. I would use 1/4", though. 1/8" seems a bit thin. Use TB III and you'll be just fine. Just be aware that putting 1/4" of anything on one surface without putting on the opposite surface may (likely will) cause the board to warp or cup.

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By "Simple" I assume it's a solid board? You could do that, if so I'd use Titebond III. if you have already oiled it though that'll make things tougher as the glue might have a hard time sticking. I'd rather just make a new one from scratch personally.



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Yes you can. Titebond II works just as well. My edge laminated maple cutting board was made with Titebond II almost 20 years ago and has never de-laminated, even though it gets washed regularly.
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Thanks. That looks good. Will give it a try.
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Thank you all for your responses. That helps a lot.
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I realize this doesn't speak to redDevil's original question but, I have read in several places that purple heart is not a good choice for cutting boards. The articles say that purpleheart is not food safe.

I know that a lot of cutting boards are made with purple heart but the searching I have done (which makes sense to me) is that cutting boards should only be made with woods that produce things we can eat. I also exclude any woods that produce nuts because of peoples allergies.
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