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Project by indplswoodworking posted 07-26-2014 11:02 PM 2324 views 7 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I really enjoy making things that makes woodworking easier or more efficient. This is a quick clamping jig I made from a piece of MDF 3-1/2 trim that my neighbor gave me. It allows me to clamp the cutting board from multiple planes. Keeps it flat. Very easy to make and very much an essential for gluing up end grain cutting boards. It took me about 20 minutes to make. I glue up several smaller sections at a time and them join the segments together. I do this in order to keep the patter lined up and the board flat.

Tomorrow when its dry im going to run it through the planer and apply finish.


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#1 posted 07-26-2014 11:32 PM

It’s not a good idea to run end-grain cutting boards through a planer. Bad things can happen. You are better off flattening/smoothing with an drum sander (which most people don’t own), a router planing jig (plenty of them can be found here), a belt sander or a trusty Stanley #62 (if you want to get an arm workout).

-- A bad craftsmen blames his cheap #$%ing tools

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#2 posted 07-27-2014 12:35 AM

+1 On joe’s comment. If you run end grain through the planer be prepared to duck and cover. A belt sander will work better.

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#3 posted 07-27-2014 04:46 AM

I love jigs. They make the difference between frustrating shop experiences and awesome shop experiences.

-- The Wood Is Your Oyster

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#4 posted 07-27-2014 06:52 AM

Check out this forum as it deals with the exact same question!

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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#5 posted 07-27-2014 02:04 PM

a listing of router planing jigs here if you want to go that route

-- A bad craftsmen blames his cheap #$%ing tools

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#6 posted 07-27-2014 03:01 PM

It looks like it will work very well and will be a nice addition to your shop.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#7 posted 07-28-2014 12:47 PM

Pretty clever jig.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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