Best United States Domestic Woods for Wood Cutting Boards

Wood Cutting Boards

Wood Cutting Boards

There are many species of United States domestic woods.  Not all are ideal for cutting boards.  All woods are porous.  Some more so than others.  When selecting a good, quality wood cutting board, you should consider hard woods vs soft woods.  Softwoods although lighter in weight will chip easier, show deeper marks and may fall apart faster especially if you use it frequently.  Hardwoods are well … harder.  Kinda says it all.  With proper care, a hardwood cutting board will definitely last you for years.  You will still see knife marks on it, but with any wood cutting board, you can easily fix that with sand paper and mineral oil.

Here’s a list of the domestic woods located here in the United States categorized under hardwoods vs softwoods.  Janga test determines how well a wood will withstand dents, dings, and wear—as well as indirectly predicting the difficulty in nailing, screwing, sanding, or sawing a given wood species.  The higher the number, the harder the wood.  The lower the number, the softer the wood.

Softwoods Janga Test (LB) Hardwoods Janga Test (LB)
Alder 590 Beech 1300
Ash 850 Birch 1260
Basswood 410 American Cherry 1150
Cedar 350 Eucalyptus 1420
Cypress 510 Hickory 1820
Elm 800 Ironwood 2299
Fir 430 Lyptus 1420
Pine 480 Maple 1450
Poplar 540 Madrone 1460
Redwood 450 Mesquite 2340
Sycamore 770 Myrtle 1270
Osage Orange 2760
Oak 1333
Walnut 1130

The best boards made are the ones that are made from unused scrap hardwoods sourced from wood professionals such as cabinet and furniture makers.  They are still great woods and can be repurposed to make a functional item such as a cutting board.  Check out Mac Cutting Boards.

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