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  • Top | #1

    Cutting boards

    I'm getting rid of a stack of old wooden cutting boards. Im also going to add one large cutting board to my collection. Any advice on where to get a good one? Bonus points if it's affordable.

    Also feel free to post your favorite cutting board. Here's mine that came from my bar but has temporarily moved into the outdoor kitchen.

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    Come on down sometime and I'll make you one!

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    • Attjack
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      Makes sense, CaptainMike.

    • aladdin4d
      aladdin4d commented
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      Attjack What CaptainMike just said. My planer is a 13" and I've never said "Man I wish I had a wider planer!" other than it would cool to have a hunk of iron like that in the shop. If and when I do upgrade it'll probably be to a Hammer A3 31, still 12" but I gain a jointer, or I chuck a bunch of stuff and go for a Hammer/Felder full combo machine.

    • CaptainMike
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      Wow aladdin4d, that A3 31 is a cool machine! Great space saver too.

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    Most restaurant supply houses will carry a myriad of cutting boards, in many styles and sizes. The few times I use wooden cutting boards are when I'm serving fresh bread, etc., as wooden cutting boards are not very sanitary because of their porosity. Adding a groove to any cutting board as a 20 minute project with a power router. Making your own from maple(for example) is easy. You don't need a thickness planer to flatten it. A simple #4 hand plane(sharp!) will smooth it in just a few minutes. Use the body of the plane to check for flatness. A fun project.

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    • Strat50
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      Don't get me wrong, I dearly love wood cutting boards, but my chef training and experience over the last 40 years; seeing places close because of contamination issues brought on by wood cutting boards, tells me to be prudent. Yes, if you soak enough sanitizing solution into the board, it will be OK. However, this greatly reduces the lifespan of the board due to warping, splitting, etc. It is for this and other reasons that health departments seriously frown on wooden cutting boards.

    • RonB
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      Studies have shown that wooden cutting boards have some anti-microbial properties. This makes them more sanitary than some other materials such as plastic where bacteria gets down in the cuts and is hard to remove.

    • Dan Deter
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      Particularly oak.

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    According to Consumer Reports Wood is NOT more of a risk than plastic.

    "Years ago, the government advised against using wooden cutting boards, saying they were more difficult to keep hygienically clean than plastic cutting boards. Recent research, however, shows that a wood cutting board is no more likely than a plastic one to harbor harmful bacteria. So it's fine to use either as long as you follow a few basic rules."

    https://www.consumerreports.org/food...ter-than-wood/

    That said I use plastic for raw meat (so I can run through the dishwasher) and wood for slicing carving cooked foods.

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    • Top | #5
      I have a Boos board that is large and has a deep groove that I use when slicing brisket or large roasts or when I want to use a board sauce. But as we know Boos comes with a price but they are worth it.. My every day boards are Epecurian boards. They are manufactured near where I live and had a friend who worked there a number of years. I was getting free boards from him all the time. Factory seconds or prototypes that never went into production.

      They are well designed, made of a paper composite and are very durable. Some of mine have been in use for over 10 years and are still going strong and looking good. And won't break the bank and made in the USA!

      https://www.epicureancs.com/home/

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      • Skip
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        My main cutting boards are made by Epicureancs. I like them and they get good reviews for the price point.

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      I just got a Boos board myself and so far love it. Click image for larger version

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      • Top | #7
        I'm also in the market for a new wooden cutting board.

        Here's the one ATK recommends with grooves: http://www.amazon.com/Teak-Cutting-B...words=teakhaus

        Here's a Boos board I'm very interested in. It's not cheap and Boos get's a few more bad reviews than I'm comfortable with: http://www.amazon.com/John-Boos-Newt...%2Bnewton&th=1

        . . . and of course the cadillacs: http://www.theboardsmith.com/

        Easy to get into information overload again. Which wood is best? Which wood is too hard? Soft? Edge grain? End grain? Do wood boards pose a sanitation risk. How much maintenance is required? On and on and on . . .

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        • RonB
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          I second the BoardSMITH.

        • FireMan
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          I picked up the Teak board from ATK for 70$ about 6 mos ago, fantastico!

        • Attjack
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          FireMan that's the one I have my eye on.

      • Top | #8
        You might look at North Idaho Concepts. He is my cousins son. He has a Facebook page and sells on Etsy. He would probably make you whatever you want.

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        • Donw
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          What is his shop name on Etsy? Could not find North Idaho Concepts so he must be using another shop name. Really liked the photo you posted previously in another thread.

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        Back around Christmas someone talked about this guy. I contacted him about making a board for me, but I ended up postponing the purchase. He seemed like a good guy and returned my emails pretty promptly.

        https://www.facebook.com/pages/categ...0710373294609/

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        • Top | #10
          I use bamboo boards. They are cheap and they seem to last. I do have a small Boos Board, but that is about it. For now, the bamboo boards are good enough for this Amateur.

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          • Attjack
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            My girlfriend gave me a set of bamboo boards to go with my green smokey joe. Two little ones and one bigger one. The big one is pretty nice but the idea was that board was for veggies only like the green grill (she also gave me a set a BBQ tools for veggies only). Plus I'm kind of wanting a beast of a board. I really like the thickness of that round board in my first post although that might be overkill for a 24" x 18" cutting board.

          • FireMan
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            I also have a couple of small bbs for the quick little stuff/meals. Well satisfied.

          • Potkettleblack
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            I use a large bamboo board with a groove that I prefer to any Boos Block I've ever owned. It's lighter, and IDGAF about marking it up, as it was like $20. And yet, it's going strong after about 7 years, showing no need to replace.

            I don't trust myself with a nice hardwood cutting board for the maintenance.

        • Top | #11
          https://www.facebook.com/fourtailswoodworking/

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          • Top | #12
            I really enjoy my catskill. End block style, large surface area to do a lot of stuff with.

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            • Top | #13
              CaptainMike aladdin4d Here's the dimensional sander I've rented before. This was when I was helping my buddy there refinish his deck. I later took my countertops there to get them sanded down.

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              • CaptainMike
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                Those things are nice, especially for cabinet faceframes.

              • aladdin4d
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                Hmmm for some reason I just don't think I would fit that in my shop.........

                Thinking about equipment choices though you might want to check out a Woodmaster. They're made in Kansas City and I think an 18" planer/drum sander/molder/ripsaw setup is under 4 grand if that's in budget. If I'm remembering right they have a 25" machine too.

            • Top | #14
              Funny, I was just looking the other day for a new larger cutting board. Interesting stuff here, apparently I have some reading to do.

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              • Top | #15
                This one would be very nice.

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