Maple v Cherry for a cutting board
- dcole Nov 16, 2011 11:51 AM
What are the advantages/disadvantages?
I know maple is harder. Will this make the cherry noticibly easier on knife blades (i use victorinox/wushtof so not a super hard steel)? Will the maple be more durable than cherry and less likely to warp?
Maple would be my first choice...durable, not too expensive, the industry standard. Harder on knives than cherry? Nah, nothing you're gonna notice anyway.
Cherry...beautiful appearance, nice even grain, a bit of an upcharge on the maple, never had one personally, not too sure how it's gonna perform over the long run, given the moisture, and washing it's gonna see. I have a couple of cherry spoons I made, for dry things...never wanted to let them see the wet/dry cycle
No, problem. Boardsmith Dave uses both maple and cherry. If the cherry and maple boards are end grain construction, then they should be durable. About warping, I think that has less to do with the hardness of the wood, and more to do with the fact if the wood has been dried properly. Usually a board which is more than 1.5 inch thick should be pretty safe from warping.