Dedicated Cutting Board Glue Up Table

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Project by hotncold posted 08-06-2014 01:12 AM 4091 views 64 times favorited 27 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I love making cutting boards but I have struggled with clamping the glue up (hasn’t everyone?). I had a glue up jig but it usually occupied the space on my table saw outfeed table which invariably created problems when I needed to use the saw.

I decided that I needed a “dedicated space” for doing the glue ups so this is what I came up with. It has potential for much more than simply gluing boards.

I began by laminating Formica to the substrate for the top and routed 2 oak (1×2) boards for the long sides. I inset T-tracks to make spacing between the cauls completely adjustable. On the short side, I added cam clamps to the cross piece so that I could set a 90 degree angle anywhere on the table plus this allows me to clamp from either direction.

The cauls are fashioned from 1×2-1/2 oak with spacers added for the 5/16” T-bolts.

I added shelves to store the extra cauls underneath and on the end of the table, storage for glue, rollers, tape, paper towels, scrapers, etc.

Finally I believe I have all of my glue up supplies at hand and got everything off my assembly/outfeed table.
Note: The aluminum angles (1/2”) in pic 3 are can be moved to raise the work piece off the table so the squeeze out is limited to the glue line and not the entire cutting board. I also place wax paper under the entire assembly.

The top is 29” x 45”. Large enough to handle any of the boards that I have done so far.
Sorry for the lengthy explanation…

Thanks for looking and your comments are always welcome. Now let’s go glue some boards!!!

-- Dennie - Tennessee - Every Pro was once an Amateur. Every Expert was once a Beginner. So dream Big and start Now!

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#1 posted 08-06-2014 01:22 AM

Great cart. I can see a lot of uses for it. Well done.

-- Chris ** If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace. — Tom Paine **

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#2 posted 08-06-2014 01:27 AM

I like this! I only wish I had enough space to dedicate for something like this

-- Honey thats not a mistake, it's a design feature!

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Matt in Franklin

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#3 posted 08-06-2014 01:57 AM

that is one cool cart. I have a jig that sits on my bench made of melamine. I wish my half-garage workshop had room for something like this. But I dont make enough boards to justify it.

But it is really cool.

-- I'm just a simple caveman

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#4 posted 08-06-2014 02:42 AM

Really nice glue up table/cart. As others have said, I could see this being useful in several ways. May have to use this for inspiration for a similar jig. Thanks for sharing!

-- bradadsit

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#5 posted 08-06-2014 03:00 AM

Really slick setup. Great idea!

-- I measured once, cut twice, and its still too short...

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Eric in central Florida

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#6 posted 08-06-2014 03:53 AM

You sure must like making cutting boards to make such an elaborate piece of shop furniture to make them.
It looks like it came out very nicely.
Good job Dennie !

-- All glory comes from daring to begin.

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#7 posted 08-06-2014 08:31 AM

great idea. You obviously put a lot of thought into the design. Thanks for taking the time to do the detailed write up, I found it very informative and useful.

-- Making dust and taking names!

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#8 posted 08-06-2014 11:32 AM

very cool table, I might have to borrow some of your ideas on this. Great work

-- steve, simple and effective woodworking---

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#9 posted 08-06-2014 11:39 AM

This is just plain AWESOME! I def see one of these in my future. Great job

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#10 posted 08-06-2014 12:09 PM

Really nice looking project, well thought out and looks to be very functional. In the future when I start to do cutting boards, I’ll be utilizing your design :)

-- Rob - Indianapolis IN - Learning... one mistake at a time...

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The Box Whisperer

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#11 posted 08-06-2014 01:28 PM

The more description the better for me. This is indeed a super cart and you clearly put a lot of thought and research into it. Im sure many of us can get some good ideas from this one. Nicely done!

-- "despite you best efforts and your confidence that your smarter and faster than a saw blade at 10k rpm…. your not …." - Charles Neil

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Mr M's Woodshop

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#12 posted 08-06-2014 01:51 PM

Love it! Great explanation of a well thought out design. I’d love to see a step-by-step photo essay of your process with the jig. Always good to see a craftsman at work, and I always learn simple little tricks along the way.

Great job. Enjoy it!

-- Henry Mowry, Santa Clarita, CA,

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#13 posted 08-06-2014 02:09 PM

I like this! I only wish I had enough space to dedicate for something like this

- GaryNc

Yep. I wish I had the space for a dedicated assembly station too.

I really like the concept and design though. I am taking notes!

Thanks for sharing your design with us.

-- Brad, Texas,

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#14 posted 08-06-2014 02:37 PM

Thank you everyone for the nice comments! The design for this table is really a combination of a couple of things already in use in my shop. I was using my workbench for a “glue up” station and I had the shelves for the glue, paper towels, etc. attached to the end of my bench.

I was also using a “jig” that usually occupied my outfeed/assembly table. It used the same concept as this new one but wasn’t as large.

One of the main features that I failed to mention for those who don’t have enough space for a “dedicated” glue up area is that the top of the bench is fastened on with (4) “L” type brackets so it can be removed and converted to a portable bench top jig if desired. ...and I finally got my assembly table back!!

Thanks again everyone!

-- Dennie - Tennessee - Every Pro was once an Amateur. Every Expert was once a Beginner. So dream Big and start Now!

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#15 posted 08-06-2014 02:48 PM

Well, I’m glad to read that I’m not in the minority with limited shop space!

Dennie, the workstation is fabulous! It is evident you put a lot of thought into the design. I really appreciate your attention to detail. Very nice work!

-- Jerry, Johnson Creek, WI "If it was meant to be different it would be."

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