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Tips and Tricks. #1: Sanding for an end grain board.

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Blog entry by degoose posted 07-18-2011 11:24 PM 2582 reads 5 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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When making end grain cutting boards, it is imperative to have flat, square and evenly thick pieces.. the initial milling for the first glue up is easy…here is a video of milling timber

Once glued up…

There may be a small movement and you need to sand the glued up board flat…

Here is the secret... I found that if I crosscut the pieces first, the sanding is simple

Sand on the drum sander on one side and then flip and adjust the height by 1/4 turn and sand again… this is easier on the work and on the drum sander… just make sure that you number each piece…so they go back in order and orientation…

The sanding of a small piece like this is far simpler than trying to sand the whole blank..

Having all the pieces smooth and even makes the secondary glue up so much easier too.

Just a matter or squaring the ends and sanding…

Even in a two color piece like this the grain orientation is very important…to incorporate the flow…

Once the purple heart has oxidised back to purple I will apply several coats of Oil…

-- Drink twice... and don't bother to cut... @ lazylarrywoodworks.com.au For lovers of all things timber...



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Joe Lyddon

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#1 posted 07-18-2011 11:30 PM

Cool Tips…

What do you do if you do NOT have a drum sander?

... but have a thickness planer?

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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#2 posted 07-18-2011 11:35 PM

I tried this on thicknesser when I started.

can be done but you have to make sure to glue an extra strip at the end as the last one will chip something horrible.

-- The woods are lovely, dark and deep, but I have promises to keep...

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#3 posted 07-18-2011 11:37 PM

and even with a drum sander – you have to have a really good one, like Larry has. with mine you will get a slight capping at the ends as it has only one roller. its very small but when glueing up the crosscut it shows bigtime

-- The woods are lovely, dark and deep, but I have promises to keep...

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#4 posted 07-18-2011 11:38 PM

For those with a thicknesser, you can just go and flatten the whole blank…
I use this method because.
A. I have a drum sander…
B. I do not want to loose too much thickness of the blank using a thicknesser…
Hope this is of help to some…

-- Drink twice... and don't bother to cut... @ lazylarrywoodworks.com.au For lovers of all things timber...

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#5 posted 07-18-2011 11:45 PM

Cool!

Thanks, Larry!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#6 posted 07-19-2011 12:12 AM

Larry, where are the clamps from? I have some parallel ones but they are not as beefy as these.

-- The woods are lovely, dark and deep, but I have promises to keep...

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#7 posted 07-19-2011 12:55 AM

Thanks for the tip Larry,

On the few boards I made I sanded the whole glued board. I did loose some thickness.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#8 posted 07-19-2011 01:41 AM

Fantastic board and good tip for people who have fully equipt workshop.
By the way, Larry, I’d like to ask this question. Why do people prefer endgrain cutting board to flat one? Dose it have something to do with sharpening the knife, cleaning the board after using it or any other reason than the beauty of the endgrain reflection?

-- Sam Shakouri / CREATING WONDERS WITH WOOD.....Sydney,Australia....

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#9 posted 07-19-2011 02:40 AM

Thank you kind sir. Pretty neat.

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#10 posted 07-19-2011 02:43 AM

Beautiful board, Larry.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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#11 posted 07-19-2011 03:18 AM

Larry Great tips.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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#12 posted 07-19-2011 06:43 AM

Sam, there are a few reasons..

they look good
they are kinder on your knives,
they don’t mark as easily…

If I may use the analogy used by Marc Spagnuolo… imagine a paint brush held horizontally [Like Long Grain] and using a knife to cut across.. you will damage the bristles [or grains]... and now have the paint brush vertical [Like End Grain] and when you cut the bristles [grains] part and allow the knife to enter the brush… [or board ] and when you remove the knife the bristles [grains] come back together… no damage…
I hope this is of help

-- Drink twice... and don't bother to cut... @ lazylarrywoodworks.com.au For lovers of all things timber...

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#13 posted 07-19-2011 07:14 AM

A very good explanation!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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#14 posted 07-19-2011 08:57 AM

I told you, you were a good teacher, didn’t I?
Thanks, Larry.

-- Sam Shakouri / CREATING WONDERS WITH WOOD.....Sydney,Australia....

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#15 posted 07-19-2011 11:11 AM

Yes Sam… You did…

-- Drink twice... and don't bother to cut... @ lazylarrywoodworks.com.au For lovers of all things timber...

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