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Sleepydogs Blog #2: How to Surface End-Grain Cutting Boards with a Router Table

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Blog entry by joey posted 07-09-2010 04:49 AM 1444 reads 1 time favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Just wanted to share with all my LumberJock friends a new post I just put up on my blog about how I surface my end-grain cutting boards on my router table. I know there are a lot of ways but I have been doing this way for a while and it work pretty good or if its a big board I use a router and some rails and a sled on my base. Stop my my site and check it out and let know what you thing and if you got any ideas on how to tweak I’m alway interested in learning a new trick just leave me a comment.
http://sleepydogwoodworking.blogspot.com/2010/07/surfacing-end-grain-cutting-broards-on.html

Have a Great Day
Joey

-- Joey~~Sabina, Ohio http://sleepydogwoodworking.blogspot.com/



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#1 posted 07-09-2010 05:24 AM

I have been planning on doing the same thing for a board in the future. I was thinking about glueing the rails boards on rather than nailing. Nice to know the idea works! Good tip for a smaller router table as well. Thanks for sharing.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#2 posted 07-09-2010 04:44 PM

You could use double stick tape also, but I would still back it up with a few screws, glueing would would work I just never seem to plan that for ahead,

-- Joey~~Sabina, Ohio http://sleepydogwoodworking.blogspot.com/

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#3 posted 07-11-2010 12:16 AM

Joey, I read what you wrote on your blog, but there’s no way I could do that… your first step is nearly impossible… maybe it’s the age of the ones I have around here, but I can’t get any cooperation like you apparently did. You wrote:
” One note if you have a small router table you may need to clamp some broads to your table for the rails to ride on.”
Now I’m all for a good ride, but none of the broads I know are willing to go along with this. :) LOL!

-- Spence in Skokie, IL

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#4 posted 07-11-2010 12:29 AM

lol see what I get for trusting spell check… lol Thanks for pointing that out to me I’ll fix it right away, so no one goes clamping any broads to there router table. Sorry to any Lady’s out there, it was an sloppy mistake on my part and there was no lady’s clamped, or harmed in the making of my blog post.
Thanks again
Joey

-- Joey~~Sabina, Ohio http://sleepydogwoodworking.blogspot.com/

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#5 posted 07-12-2010 01:52 PM

Cool! I had the same idea a little while ago as I’ve started making cutting boards, too. I was trying to think up a sort of universal jig I could put any size board in that would hold it over the table. Pins/screws/glue does seem safest, though, if a bit more of a pain and slightly more damaging to the wood. I was actually considering clamping with powerful clamps, like Bessey K-Body clamps, but that just seemed destined for pain.

-- Gary, Los Angeles, video game animator

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#6 posted 07-12-2010 01:56 PM

Oh, and just as a note, you may want to edit this post and change your link (or add a second link) directly to here:

http://sleepydogwoodworking.blogspot.com/2010/07/surfacing-end-grain-cutting-broards-on.html

I am 3 days late to this post and already found myself at a newer story on your blog when I clicked the link to go see how you rout the boards. I found it by scrolling down. People keep finding links on Ljs for a long time following the initial posts, though (like me tonight – I’m looking through cutting board posts for information, which is how I found this one, and many are several years old), so someone coming here in the future may never find the right page when they click over to your blog!

-- Gary, Los Angeles, video game animator

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#7 posted 07-12-2010 05:53 PM

Thanks Gary, I think I put the link to the home page rather than to the blog posting. I’ll fix that right away.

Joey

-- Joey~~Sabina, Ohio http://sleepydogwoodworking.blogspot.com/

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#8 posted 07-12-2010 06:04 PM

Gary, I did a large end gain counter top a long time ago, and I used a router to surface the face. I screwed two straight plywood rails to the sides and made a sled for the base of my router I used a 3 hp Plunge router and a 1” bit and went down the rails surfacing the top, it took me a while but it work out really well and all the top needed was sanded and oiled when I was done.

Joey

-- Joey~~Sabina, Ohio http://sleepydogwoodworking.blogspot.com/

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#9 posted 07-12-2010 06:06 PM

It would be nice to post it here on LJs

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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#10 posted 07-12-2010 07:09 PM

I would to Jim, just don’t have any pictures of that top, That was back in the 80s and I was working for another shop at the time and we didn’t take many picture of our work back then. I wish I would of, I often wish I had pictures of all the project I worked on while working for other shops.

Joey

-- Joey~~Sabina, Ohio http://sleepydogwoodworking.blogspot.com/

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#11 posted 07-13-2010 08:56 AM

Thanks for the update, Joey! The large end grain counter sounds really cool. I know some woodworkers have flattened up their workbenches that way. I have a small sled I made for things like cutting board and cake plates. I clamp supports to the workbench and level them whenever I use it. I’d love to have something like a ShopBot. That thing could do some serious flattening automagically.

-- Gary, Los Angeles, video game animator

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#12 posted 07-13-2010 03:57 PM

Yes I drool over ShotBots. I been reading a lot on home made CNCs. I would love to try to build one even if its a small one to start. I really think for a small shop that does some custom and production work a CNC is a tool worth investing in I just wist there was more being developed for the smaller shops, and I’m not talking about these little table top models, although I am sure some shops that would be all they need. I wouldn’t want nothing less than a 5’x5’ but a 5’x8’ would be my 1st choice. Just think of what you could do with a tool like that.

-- Joey~~Sabina, Ohio http://sleepydogwoodworking.blogspot.com/

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#13 posted 07-13-2010 08:39 PM

Look at these search results on Instructables when I looked up CNC routers there… many folks have made them and posted instructions on how they did it.

Spence
Skokie, IL

-- Spence in Skokie, IL

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#14 posted 07-14-2010 06:09 AM

I could totally build that, but I think my wife would beat me because the only place I have to put it right now is the dinning room table. hummm it might be worth the beating….lol

-- Joey~~Sabina, Ohio http://sleepydogwoodworking.blogspot.com/

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#15 posted 07-14-2010 06:35 AM

Joey, I accidentally gave a link to only one of the “cnc router” search results… and that one wasn’t cnc routing… here is the search results page and it shows a LOT of HowTo instructions for a DIY project: Instructables-CNC Router

-- Spence in Skokie, IL

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