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First Cutting Board #1: Initial Design

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Blog entry by Szczuldo posted 11-08-2010 11:33 PM 1589 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Well, I have other projects that I “need” to do first but since I just bought a new saw (Grizzly G0715P, review to come after this weekend), i figure this should give me enough practice. I will be using some oak flooring I have left over from a room renovation and some walnut I purchased. Below is the proposed design. I want to keep it simple. As I have it here it is 330 mm x 465 mm x 38.1mm. Final planing will drop the height down of course.

Therein lies the problem area. I do not own a planer (or a jointer for that matter) and I will need one multiple times for this project. I do have a woodworking store/shop within 20 minute drive from here and my original plan was to give them a call to see how much they’d charge. I’m open to other idea’s but have nothing against going there.

The board will also have a rounded edge but the way I built this in solid works is going to make that a pain in the rear so i omitted it for now. There are half inch finger groves on the sides and the plan is to finish it with mineral oil.

I need to build some cabinets and general storage for closets for the folks I’m renting from and I enjoy cooking. Preparing stuff on a 6” x 10” cutting board with a depression in the middle is just brutal. I figure an end grain cutting board will provide use to everyone here. Plus if this one turns out, I have my Christmas presents for this year all sorted :D

Any recommendations that I may have missed are welcome. I’ve roamed around at what other people have done and the checker board pattern seems to be overdone so I thought I’d try something different.

-- -Alexei



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SPalm

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#1 posted 11-09-2010 01:37 AM

Hey Alexei, nice to meet you.

Your design looks great. But getting the end result you want is probably going to take a lot of work. Oak end grain is tough stuff. I have done a few boards and always level them with a drum sander. A planer or jointer on end grain is very risky. A few people have done it, but they go real slow and they own the planer. I wouldn’t doubt that the shop would say no, you can really cause some havoc with both the blades and the board. Ask before you drive all the way there.

As far as the wood itself, is it flat? If it rocks when placed on the table saw will tell you if it needs jointing first, or the glue-up can be a bugger. Check out each piece and maybe you will be lucky.

Do you have a small belt sander? You can level one of these with it.

Good luck, and keep us posted.
Steve

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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Szczuldo

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#2 posted 11-09-2010 02:43 AM

Steve,

Sadly all I have is a Random orbital sander. which it is possible to flatten something with but takes a bit more work from my experience. I’ll call that shop and see what they say, maybe they have a larger belt sander that I can use.

The wood is flat enough for the long grain glue up. But I’m fairly sure that’ll need some planing. I’ll take it in steps. I have tomorrow free so I might get the wood prepared and glued up and go from there.

-- -Alexei

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#3 posted 11-09-2010 03:44 AM

If you have a router, you can make yourself a “sled” to flatten the pieces. It’s basically two rails fixed on each side of the work and an enlarged baseplate to ride on the rails. There are a number of them shown here. Just used a large bit and go slowly.

-- The nicer the nice, the higher the price!

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#4 posted 11-09-2010 04:10 AM

I like the router sled concept. I had forgotten about it. I have used it in the past and even to level my bench.

Here is a picture of some random guy using my favorite design:
http://i217.photobucket.com/albums/cc158/spalm_pics/Router-Planer.jpg

Thanks Tiny,
Steve

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#5 posted 11-09-2010 04:38 AM

ah yes, i forgot about that method. I’ll take that into consideration, we’ll see what I can scrounge up to build it with. I do feel like it’ll take forever if I plan on doing it with a half inch straight bit, but oh well.

-- -Alexei

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