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Help with picking lumber for End-Grain cutting boards

Hey guys, With Christmas around the corner I wanted to do some meaningful presents for my family and a few friends, I have a moderate amount of experience working with wood. So the build process I'm not worried about.

I need help choosing the kind of woods I am going to use for making the cutting boards, I had the idea of buying three seperate types of wood. Then just going from there. I plan to buy it from:

I'm thinking: Hard Maple, African Paduak, And then I'm still deciding on a dark wood. If you guys have any suggestions I'd love to hear them. The wood will be 8/4 in thickness, Unless you think I should go 12/4 but that seems a bit much.

I plan to make 5, possibly 6 boards.

Thanks I hope to get a response soon with some suggestions. Have a good one!
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Without question the best response I get on my cutting boards is Goncalo Alves, and WWS has it in 2X2X30 inch lengths. They have 2 grades, the more expensive is the best looking.
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Padauk will darken over time, so that may actually be your 'dark' wood at some point. Plus, you'll need to be careful about the Padauk dust from fine sanding bleeding over into and permanently affixing itself to the lighter Maple.

We made about 27-28 small Walnut and Maple cutting boards last year for Christmas and the two woods look good against each other.


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Bubinga, walnut, purpleheart, cherry.

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I would use walnut for your darker wood. I saw mill would be way cheaper for the walnut and maple. If you could get some sawmill scraps that would be even cheaper. I got both pallets of this walnut for $100. Help with picking lumber for End-Grain cutting boards-image-3651251647.jpg Help with picking lumber for End-Grain cutting boards-image-4077772821.jpg The sawmill scraps have a high waste %, but at that price I will happily use 1/3 of it for firewood.

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