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littlegreenmartian

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hey guys. I'm just wondering if someone could tell me as many of the tight grained hardwood types as possible. I'm looking at making a chopping board as a present and i know maple is the obvious choice and would like to know what other wood would be suitable especially the darker hardwoods.
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Teckel

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Beech is a good one. I have a couple in oak.
I do a good bit of hunting and process all my own meat and have used a big oak one for many years and I'm not dead yet.
 

adidat

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i made one with walnut, steamed pair, maple, ash and oak. looked great!

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Cheshirechappie

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The 'traditional' wood for butcher's blocks and other food-contact surfaces such as dairy shelves is Sycamore. OK, it's not a dark wood, but it's close-grained, nice to work, and has anti-bacterial properties. My kitchen chopping board is sycamore, has been in service for about 25 years, and seems to eat stains somehow. All it needs is a wipe down with a damp cloth immediately after use. Like Teckel's oak board, it han't killed me yet!
 
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