While a typical cutting board user isn’t exposed to wood dust, it does raise the question of whether wood is food safe. Oils and resin can leach into foods you are preparing, so it is important to consider in the case of rare or exotic woods not typically used in cutting board construction. Rosewood is a good example.
Similarly, how do you finish rosewood?
Shellac is the best sealer for oily woods like rosewood, but you can’t topcoat it with polyurethane, as it won’t adhere. If you want to finish the rosewood, either spray it with lacquer or apply a coat of resin-based varnish.
In this way, how thick should a wood cutting board be?
Is Indian rosewood good?
Durability: Indian Rosewood is considered a very dense wood and is rated durable and resistant to termite attack. Uses: Indian Rosewood can be used for musical instruments, specifically acoustic and electric guitars, furniture, cabinetry, veneer, structural paneling, turnings, and specialty wood projects.
Yes, Mahogany is strong for cutting boards.
It has good compressive and bending strength. But, even though Mahogany is considered as a hardwood, in terms of its hardness, Mahogany is softer than most other hardwoods that are popular for cutting boards such as Maple.
As I said White Oak is better than Red, but it’s still not the best for a cutting board because it is an open grain wood. The reasons White Oak is good for barrels are the exact reasons why White Oak is not so good for a cutting board.
Workability: East Indian Rosewood can be difficult to work with tools because of its interlocked grain and density. The wood can sometimes contain chalky deposits that will rapidly dull cutting edges.
The wood is extremely hard and cutting with high RcH steel knives might cause a problem chipping knife edges. The wood is extremely oily and gluing it up will require it to be perfectly flat and square since their is little give in clamping.
Rosewood, the color of fresh bays and heartwood, is very popular among people today. It has that nice red-brown color that prominently appears in many creative designs such as websites and stationeries. It’s a very rich color that matches with brown, black, or yellow; hence, it can go well with all kinds of colors.
Plastic (polypropylene etc) chopping boards are seldom as attractive as their wooden counterparts, but they win on hygiene (and often price) as they can be colour-coded for particular tasks, as seen in professional kitchens (red for raw meat, blue for raw fish and so on) and can withstand rigorous washing and …
Wooden cutting boards
Dean O. Cliver found in his studies that wooden cutting boards are the most hygienic of all cutting board materials. He mentioned in his studies that the “wooden cutting boards are more resistant to bacterial contamination than plastic, fiberglass or polyethylene.”
Those woods are usually the more exotic tropical hardwoods, such as rosewood, padauk, and teak, but sassafras (a relatively common found wood) can cause breathing problems, nausea, or even cancer.
I would avoid open-pored woods like ash and red oak, which will be harder to keep clean from food stains. Pine might impart a resinous taste, and it’s soft so will show cutting scars from knives more easily than a harder wood like maple.