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Bamboo or Maple?

Thu May 17, 2012 4:40 pm

I am in the market for a nice butcher block style cutting board. I have read loadsssss of forums and reviews on different boards, some of bamboo and some of maple. As always reviews are both ways due to everyone having their own likes and dislikes. I have gathered though that both materials are hard as hell and make great quality boards. I have also read that bamboo in more tender on the edge of the knife than maple? Is this true? Also I have read a lot of the different styles of boards,end grain, face grain, act. What doe these different styles mean when cutting on them? There isn't really a budget here just something worth the money I will be spending. Thanks for future discussion!

Re: Bamboo or Maple?

Thu May 17, 2012 5:09 pm

I have a few end grain boards. In one, I don't know the wood used, and the other is a Boardsmith Maple. I have a few bamboo boards as well and imho, the maple wins hands down. There is so much glue in a bamboo board. The glue is, from what I have read and understand, harder than the bamboo itself. Since that is what the edge of your knife will be coming in contact with the most, it will do "more damage." I use my bamboo boards as serving trays for fruits and cheeses. Check out what Dave has to offer at The Boardsmith. He does beautiful work and can even do custom sizes if you need. He does more than just maple, so check out everything!

Re: Bamboo or Maple?

Thu May 17, 2012 5:10 pm

I'm a "traditionalist" type of guy.....maple for me please! :)


Chris D. :mrgreen:

Re: Bamboo or Maple?

Thu May 17, 2012 5:33 pm

Watson I didn't know that about the glue! Thanks for the info Any other input out there?

Re: Bamboo or Maple?

Thu May 17, 2012 6:07 pm

Maple, no doubt about it, the thicker the better.

Re: Bamboo or Maple?

Fri May 18, 2012 12:09 am

Show yours Shaun. I like it. Where did you get it?

Re: Bamboo or Maple?

Fri May 18, 2012 4:01 am

Come on!!!! give me some pics!!!! I think I am going to go with one off the maples from the boadsmith, everyone was instantly saying maple so there you go!!

Re: Bamboo or Maple?

Fri May 18, 2012 6:03 am

Sorry, went out fishing, and then couldn't find my camera equipment! It's 20 x 15 x 3.5 I'm rounding up on all of those dimensions also, so it's a hair under everything listed. I forgot the brand, my girlfriend bought it as a birthday present, but think that it's made out of Michigan Maple? Forgot the brand, something generic like 'mastercraft' or the likes. I know she didn't really pay much over 100 bucks for it, and I've seen ones like it on Amazon.
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Re: Bamboo or Maple?

Fri May 18, 2012 5:22 pm

I have a Cherry board made by Dave Smith, a.k.a. The Board Smith (http://www.theboardsmith.com). Best boards I've found, available in several different woods (not bamboo) and sizes. Here's mine:

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Re: Bamboo or Maple?

Fri May 18, 2012 6:39 pm

Nice looking board RD.
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