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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