Planing end grain cutting board

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Blog entry by DuaneEDMD posted 05-21-2009 12:50 AM 1329 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The current project I am working on is an end grain style cutting board that will sit on top of my cook-top and cover the griddle when it is not in use. The board is 12” wide and 22” long and was 1.5” thick. I glued up my blanks, cut them, rotated them to expose the end grain and glued again. When I was done, the entire length was fairly square side-to-side and front-to-back but had a slight bow over the length. My guess is that I applied too much clamping pressure and bowed it slightly. So I was faced with the task of flatting this board and was not sure how to tackle it. I read all I could find on the web about power planing end grain and then posted a forum topic here as well. After taking in all the info and considering it fully I decided to tackle planing it flat with my Dewalt 12” planer. I had no other real option as I don’t have a belt sander, drum sander or adequete bench planes. I needed a sled to reference a flat surface so I build one out of MDF and placed the board on it and went slowly. I planed 1/64th of an inch with each pass and flattened one face. I flipped it over and went to town on the other side and I am happy to report that it turned out good. I did use a block plane to round the trailing edge on each side to prevent chip out and that worked like a charm. The planer handled it well and I never felt unsafe about the process once I got started. I was very uneasy prior to starting but it worked well. I will post a picture of the completed project when I finish.

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#1 posted 05-21-2009 12:58 AM

way to go good save. I think I might have used a beam and router, If you have one.

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#2 posted 05-21-2009 01:19 AM

As you said, the use of the planer has been debated here and as far as I can tell, no real consensus was reached. I agree that your patience with the amount of material removal and prepping the trailing edge were the keys to your success.

Looking forward to seeing the final product.

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#3 posted 05-21-2009 02:34 AM

Glad it worked out using the planer to flatten your end grain cutting board.

I have also read the many comments on this forum and other sources on whether it is safe or not safe to plane end grain. I am still leaning away from doing it, although if I were to do it, I would go extremely slow on the amount I would plane off with each pass as you did.


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#4 posted 05-21-2009 02:38 AM

I did the same on my cutting board, thank for the block plane tip that make allot of sense. I just glued (CA) a cut off to the end and then cut it off with the RAS.

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