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Blog entry by Derek Lyons posted 09-26-2008 01:40 AM 746 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Out in the shop today dry fitting a small scale (6”x8”) prototype of an end grain cutting board using cheap Poplar to hold costs down and hone my technique. (Heck, given my lack of experience it’s more like creating a technique!)

The first dry fit went easily – too easily when I pondered it. So I tried again, this time imagining the pieces all slippery with glue… And sure enough all the parts ‘skidded around’ and a couple ended up on the ‘floor’. It took another two tries to come up with an assembly/clamping sequence that ends with all the parts clamped and none on the floor.

But they aren’t quite square on the ends…


Still, I’ve gotten a lot of insight into what it will take to assemble the prototype and by extension the final board.

-- Derek, Bremerton WA --

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#1 posted 09-26-2008 02:40 AM

try starting out oversized then after the glue is dried cut to size

--, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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#2 posted 09-26-2008 03:24 AM

I agree, to cut it from oversize. That’s what I do when making cutting boards. Is it possible you’re putting too much glue, that makes pieces end up on he floor? Not knowing, just asking if it’s possible.

-- Respect your shop tools and they will respect you - Ric

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#3 posted 09-26-2008 06:14 AM

Yeah, starting oversize to allow for saw kerfs and for planing/trimming is something I’ve definitely taken away from this even without gluing up. I don’t know how slippery it’s going to be, so I’m planning on worst case and hoping to be surprised.

-- Derek, Bremerton WA --

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#4 posted 10-04-2008 06:57 PM

The Wood Whisperer has a good, two part video on making an end grain cutting board. Their technique is to cut the ends after gluing too.

- SD

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#5 posted 10-05-2008 03:05 AM

SleepyD; That’s what I’ve been doing, following the instructions in those videos.

-- Derek, Bremerton WA --

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