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Cutting Board - Yes, another one... and a disaster...

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Project by dustyal posted 12-19-2009 04:18 AM 1725 views 0 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Maple, Purple heart, salad bowl finish… see Marc S. - The WoodWhisperer video.

Major disaster... lesson learned… don’t run an end grain board through my thickness planer. I don’t remember anyone mentioning that to us stupid beginners.

Got off mark in my rip cuts… racked the cut or something… didn’t really notice until I alternated the boards and opposite ends were of different thicknesses. Ouch. Firewood pile, or try to deal with it?

Had a beginner ah ha moment… run it through my recently acquired bench top thickness planer… It chewed it up and spit it back at me. Real firewood now- kindling? What an ugly moment.

White knights to the rescue: Pat and his playhouse came to the rescue with big drum sander. I ran it through about 500 times on both sides and got it done. Took off well over a quarter inch. Started 1 3/4 ended at 1 inch. (Okay, Pat says I only did it 283 times… )

Ends and sides where broken out from the original disaster, so we needed to re-square. Jim, another MDWW, helped in the straightening process by “re-designing” the end edges. What a recovery… still presentable as a Christmas gift. Difference between a pro and amateur is how well the pro can make mistakes a part of the project.

We were at Pat’s doing one of our Mason Dixon workshops making a leg taper jig designed by Karson. I suspect will get something posted about that.

Please go to Pat's Playhouse and vote for his shop in the wood magazine contest. I tend to think everyone was laughing with me, not at me…

-- Al H. - small shop, small projects...





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Karson

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#1 posted 12-19-2009 04:49 AM

Looks Better now. Al. The planer did a job on the edges

Too bad you only have half a cutting board now. The rest is in Pat’s duct collector bag and burn bin.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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bake

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#2 posted 12-19-2009 04:52 AM

I covered this topic on the post of my first cutting board. http://lumberjocks.com/projects/22309

Good save, glad you are ok. It is scary as hell when that board comes shooting out and smacks the wall.

Bake

-- I love the smell of Home Depot in the morning, it smells like.......carpentry. Bake, Bar Lazy U Woodworks, Lehi,UT.

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zlatanv

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#3 posted 12-19-2009 05:05 AM

I ran mine in the planer, didn’t have it shoot out but I new I should only take off minimal amounts at each pass, no one ever told me that but I had the that erie feeling it probably was one of those things I shouldn’t do. It did chew off the ends, the next time I did it I glued on a 3/4 inch strip on each end to safe the boards and cut them off when it was smooth.

Good save, looks nice.

-- Z, Rockwall, TX

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sras

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#4 posted 12-19-2009 05:22 AM

I used the planer on the three boards I made. I followed the process dewoodworker describes in his blog. The rounding over of the edges make for a nice transition into cutting. I made VERY light passes. The first couple times the knives didn’t make a cut. I would guess I took less than 1/32” per pass – maybe 1/64”.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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Broglea

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#5 posted 12-19-2009 05:33 AM

I would never run end grain through a planer. Just not a safe thing to do. That’s what they make thickness sanders for. I think the board came out nice.

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#6 posted 12-19-2009 05:45 AM

Looks good Dusty

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Karson

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#7 posted 12-19-2009 07:57 AM

Looks Better now. Al. The planer did a job on the edges

Too bad you only have half a cutting board now. The rest is in Pat’s duct collector bag and burn bin.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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bake

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#8 posted 12-19-2009 08:11 AM

I set my planer to take less than 1/32nd off, it started in ok, but at about 3” in it came out like a rocket.

The best answer is DON’T DO IT!

Bake

-- I love the smell of Home Depot in the morning, it smells like.......carpentry. Bake, Bar Lazy U Woodworks, Lehi,UT.

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MsDebbieP

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#9 posted 12-19-2009 01:04 PM

I think it’s wonderful … and the discoveries that have gone into it makes it even more special!!
Great teamwork, great friends, great board.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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dustbunny

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#10 posted 12-19-2009 02:09 PM

Nice save,
it looks great.
You will remember better a lesson learned by experience,
than a lesson you’ve only heard about.
Guess this one’s embedded in your memory !

Glad you weren’t hurt, Happy Holidays,

Lisa

-- Imagination rules the world. ~ Napoleon Bonaparte ~ http://quiltedwood.com

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Ken90712

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#11 posted 12-19-2009 03:10 PM

The very first board I did slammed in my planner. WOW, did it scare me. Learned you can only take the slightest amount off with each pass so you will be planing a while. I also learned that if I glued a scrap peice of maple or purple heart on the ends and planed the board down then routered the lengths and then cut the scraps off, I no longer had to worry about snipe or tear out. When I router the ends I alway climb cut with a scrap back-up to prevent tear out as well. Hope this help and have fun!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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thewoodwhisperer

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#12 posted 12-19-2009 06:00 PM

Definitely a good save Dusty. A while back we had a big discussion about running end-grain through the planer. Personally, I never do it. But some folks have had luck and are ok with it. Here’s the discussion: http://thewoodwhisperer.com/end-grain-through-the-planer-question-of-the-week/

You have inspired me to include a link to this discussion in the video post, to hopefully prevent this from happening in the future.

Glad to see you got a beautiful and functional board out of the deal.

-- For free video tutorials and other cool woodworking stuff, check out http://www.TheWoodWhisperer.com

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dustyal

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#13 posted 12-19-2009 06:13 PM

I really appreciate the comments. I presumed I was the only one to chew up a perfectly good piece of wood. At least the board is done. I was lead to believe that it was an obligation to make a cutting board to retain being a member in good standing of LJ’s or a Mason-Dixon woodworker. Maybe Karson won’t kick me out of the club now… :)

Just now noticed that I took a picture of the cutting board sitting on our cutting board…

-- Al H. - small shop, small projects...

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Garyb6

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#14 posted 12-19-2009 07:12 PM

Dusty I did the same thing last year. Except my board was caught by the blade, jammed the machine, broke the knves, and basically ruined the planer. Luckily I had only had the planer for a few weeks and since it was a Ridgid planer I took it back to Home Depot and they swapped it for a new one. Even after I told them it was damaged by own stupidity. Scared the crap out of me at the time, but I learned a valuable lesson. Wouldn’t dream of running end grain through a planer now.

-- Garyb6, “True simplicity does not reveal the tremendous effort it requires.” - Somerset Maugham

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sras

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#15 posted 12-19-2009 07:39 PM

I’m curious, have any of these bad planer experiences happened with the edges rounded over? I just checked my planer and I take off about .008” (1/128”) per pass and I have a 1/2 radius on all edges. My experience is that this was a very smooth way to thickness the board, but if others have had trouble with a similar setup I would like to know.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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