The Basement #8: Simple Jig for Cutting Board Finger Grips

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Blog entry by JL7 posted 12-06-2010 04:11 AM 6276 reads 13 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I’ve been building a bunch of cutting boards because I got the bug! Can’t help it hanging around this site…..

So the pile of boards was stacking up and needed to get the finishing touches done. I wanted to cut the finger grip things (not sure what the correct title is?). Previously I built a plywood jig that clamps to the board and uses a handheld router to clean up. This works fine, but I had issues with tearout.

I came up with a simple jig for the router table the uses a (somewhat) zero clearance fence and a simple adjustable stop system that let’s you adjust the length of cut, just move the dowels. Without the adjustment, the wider the board, the shorter the slot (grip?) will be, so this allows you to adjust for the different board widths.

I use a Whiteside 1-1/4” bowl and tray bit for the slots. The fence is a squared up 2×4 with the bit opening cut slighly undersize on the band saw and then plunged into the bit for final size.

Start with a 1/8” deep cut and move the fence an 1/8” at a time until you get what you want.

Works really good – cut about 12 or so cutting boards on it today….

-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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#1 posted 12-06-2010 04:55 AM

A very nice idea, thank you.

On a side note, that is also a beautiful looking cutting board! Do you have a picture of the whole board? What wood did you use? Thanks you

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#2 posted 12-06-2010 05:31 AM

Pawky – just posted some details on this board here

-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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#3 posted 12-06-2010 06:23 AM

Ahhhh…the bottom side of Board #2 : ) Love how you brought the end grains to life and now I can see the Yellowheart in this picture : )
Did you chamfer before or after you coved with the bowl bit ? I guess that would depend if you did the chamfer against a router table fence or with a router bit with bearing , ay ? LOL
Either way , nice work : )

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#4 posted 12-06-2010 06:45 AM

Hey Dusty – I chamfered first – not sure it thats right or wrong, but that’s the routine I follow…..

-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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#5 posted 12-06-2010 04:30 PM

I was always wondering if a bowl bit would do a nice job for this.
I love the adjustable stop pegs. Clever.


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#6 posted 02-17-2011 07:55 AM

Missed this first time around… very sweet… love the adjustable dowels…

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