Our son, now in his fifties, built a free form cutting board for a student project while in high school. We sat down and calculated its age to be 38 years. My wife cherishes it, not so much because of its masterful workmanship, but because he’s her firstborn.
After all that time, two of the glue lines are opening up a bit. Marge pointed it out to me, making sure I understood that she didn’t want this treasured keepsake (which she has used in the kitchen all this time) to fall apart.
Obvious to me, the board had to be ripped through the glue lines and re glued.
But how to rip this free form board with no straight edges?
Here’s a closeup of the board showing the defects.
I knew, of course, that the rip fence would be useless.
Placing it on my cross cutting sled I lined up the first de-lamination with the edge of the sled and tried to visualize how to secure the board on it.
So the idea formed that I could utilize a couple of my small hold down clamps. I just needed some screws and a couple of small blocks.
Placing the board carefully on the sled in the desired position for the first cut, I traced around the edge of the board where I wanted to clamp it. When the clamps were installed I fitted the board to the sled and scrutinized the alignment from the bottom. The line of the cut is the edge of the sled, so the desired line of cut on the board can be seen from that viewpoint.
Here’s the board clamped down for the first cut.
The board was cut and reglued. After the glue cured sufficiently to remove the clamps, I removed the holddowns from the cross cut sled and repeated the process for the second cut.
It just occured to me. I may be violating some universal law of woodworking by using a crosscut sled to make rip cuts!
The pear shaped board has been nicely repaired. Some of the knife cuts were sanded out and the board was re-oiled.
That makes Papa happy!
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