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Blog entry by pinky2009 posted 06-02-2012 08:27 PM 974 reads 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hi there! Im fairly new to wood working, I made several small cutting boards as Christmas presents and since then have gotten bitten by the bug! My neighbor has requested a 20×25x2 cutting board and i was curious if I needed to use dowels to reinforce my glue up on a board that large. The board will be purpleheart, walnut, and maple if that helps you guys out. Thanks in advance!

-- Trying to carry on the family tradition...

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#1 posted 06-02-2012 08:32 PM

Wood glues is stronger than the original fibers in the wood. There’s not much need for dowels as they will only give some alignment, not strength.

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#2 posted 06-02-2012 08:55 PM

Joining long grain to long grain only requires glue… just make sure that the joints are tight before glueing up…and I suggest TiteBond II or III…

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#3 posted 06-02-2012 08:58 PM

Thanks guys! I’ve been using the Titebond III, and I am double triple checking my joints…

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#4 posted 06-02-2012 09:11 PM

that seems pretty hefty for a cutting board. it’s a nice material combo too, sounds like it’s going to be nice.

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#5 posted 06-02-2012 09:19 PM

He wants it large for butchering game. He picked the materials too. I’ll post pictures when its finished.

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#6 posted 06-03-2012 01:05 AM

Stick to Titebond III, I have quit using other kinds of glues. TB III is waterproof and won’t come apart if the wood gets wet when you clean a board. The bad part about TB III glue is that should it get on your clothes, its there to stay unless you immediately wash it while it is still fresh but once dried, forget about it!

I would also suggest to lessen the thickness of the board. I made a 2” board and it is really too massive, clunky and heavy. I have yet to sell that one! 1 1/4” to 1 1/2” is ideal! 1 3/4” is acceptable but quite heavy. However, you almost have to do what the customer requested! You can advise him but that’s it! Good luck.

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#7 posted 06-03-2012 03:23 AM

Bearpie- I’ve experienced the TB3 on my shirts unfortunately since im a very messy gluer. Lol I let him know it will be heavy but he wants that. I stick to 1 1/2 mainly.

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#8 posted 06-04-2012 06:37 PM

The customer may be thinking ahead and allowing some extra thickness to trim the board down to do away with some heavy nicks and cuts from aggressive butchery. That extra half inch gives him four or five resurfacings.


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#9 posted 06-04-2012 06:48 PM

I got a TB3 glue drop on one of my favorite shirts—-now it’s just one of my favorite gluing shirts. :-)

I don’t think the dowels will be necessary, unless you use them for alignment, which is what I did with my workbench top. Otherwise, with that much gluing surface area, you should be fine.

Hey, Pinky, when are you going to post some of your previous boards under projects? I know, I’m pushy. ;-)

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#10 posted 06-04-2012 07:55 PM

Brandon W -I will try to post them some time today. After seeing some on this forum mine seem “freshman shop class” lol

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