I’ve been working on a few cutting boards for christmas presents. Doing 3 at one time seems to make things go a little faster. I pulled my first final one from the clamps today and of course it’s not flat. I did some work with the belt sander but that didn’t do any better. I know better than to chuck this thing through my planer (fortunatly it’s too wide for my planer so I’m not overly tempted).
The belt sander didn’t work so well, so I tried some 60 grid self adhesive backed sand paper. I filled a sheet of MDF (wider than my cutting board) with the paper and clamped it down on my table saw (flattest surface in my shop). I was able to get 1 side “flatter” but not flat and the other side still wobbles. I think I’d spend several days and maybe a full roll of sandpaper before I got this thing totally flat.
This got me searching for some ideas.
The first and formost idea is a drumsander, (oh how I want one!), the other was a v-groove sander. Buildiing a drum sander is certianly on my todo list, but it’s not something I’m sure I’ll get done by christmas especially since I got news that I could be getting the sawstop saw I wanted as soon as next week. I will want to spend a lot of time building a saw station like http://lumberjocks.com/projects/47610
I was hoping to get the cutting boards done and out of the way so I’m not rushing last minute to get them completed. I googled a little bit and found a few solutions like a low angle hand plane that is very sharp, or a butcher block plane that is very sharp. I only have a single hand plane, and I like it for the things it’s good at (#3 smoothing plane) but not so much on the end grain cutting board.
Then I saw a link to http://lumberjocks.com/projects/11212 a router thickness planer. I have a router, and I’m pretty good with it. I think this would work out great I just need to do some more research to figure out what bit to use, and some good plans or pictures of different router thicknessers.
At least now I have a plan of attack, router planer or router thicknesser whatever it’s called, I will make you .. and you will make my cutting boards flat!
If you’ve made a router thicknesser please let me know, post your project and suggestions I’d love to hear them.
-- Easy to use end grain cutting board designer: http://www.1024studios.com/cuttingboard.html