I have been making both cutting boards and cheese cutting boards by face gluing different hardwoods together. I have a piece of Port Orford cedar. I do not know anything about this wood. Is it a hardwood, and could I blend this together with other hardwoods for food prep? – Dennis Thorson
Chris Marshall: Port Orford cedar is a cone-bearing softwood, and the wood is actually quite soft. It also contains volatile oils that emit a strong, pungent odor when you cut it. The wood has a bitter, spicy taste. For these reasons, I wouldn’t use it for a cutting board. Go with a true hardwood instead.