Juice Groove Success!

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Project by fogbow posted 02-14-2017 05:11 PM 1107 views 0 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve been scared to death to try juice grooves. Finally got my courage up this weekend and made it happen. I’ve been a rough carpenter most of my life but never a woodworker. It’s a whole different set of skills. Hard to believe how much there is to learn


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#1 posted 02-14-2017 06:02 PM

Stellar job! May I ask how you accomplished the groove? Router table/ freehand/ etc…. ???

Thanks for sharing!


-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: /

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#2 posted 02-14-2017 06:29 PM

I did it on my router table. I’m 61 years old and it’s the first time I’ve ever had a router or been around a router. I taped off the back of my board, marked it at one inch and taped a center line on the fence of the router table. Started with just a tiny groove lifting it at each edge when the lines aligned. I was sweating bullets! But it worked. Just a tiny bit of burning in two corners. Sanded it out with the Dremel.


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#3 posted 02-14-2017 06:37 PM

You did a great job – congrats!


-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: /

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#4 posted 02-14-2017 06:50 PM

Nice work

-- Ray Vanderpool

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#5 posted 02-14-2017 07:03 PM

It looks great -

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#6 posted 02-14-2017 07:41 PM

Good job.
I know it’s hard to do not being able to see the bit.
Here is another method that you can do with a hand router from above, for next time, or for anybody else reading.
Make a frame to go around your board with the proper set back for your router plate to ride against.

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#7 posted 02-14-2017 07:47 PM

That looks like a great idea. Not sure I’m steady enough with the router yet. But I surely could practice on some scrap. It would be nice to see what I’m doing.


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#8 posted 02-14-2017 08:47 PM

I try not to do them on highly figured or 3D boards. When I do I’ve always just used the router table with stop blocks. I also had slight burning in the corners but sanded them out. Very nice board and good job.

-- Schooled in the advanced art of sawdust and woodchip manufacturing.

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#9 posted 02-14-2017 09:31 PM

That’s the cool thing about woodworking. Each project brings a new challenge and the opportunity to learn a new skill. Congrats on getting out of your comfort zone. Turned out very nice!

-- Dave, York, PA, Wildside Woodworking

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#10 posted 02-14-2017 09:59 PM

Thanks y’all, I love challenges and learning new stuff. But it’s stressful when you have to do the really scary stuff and you’re almost at the end of the project. I would have cursed if I had messed that up and scared the kitties. Guess I should be thankful that it wasn’t an end grain board for first juice groove. :-)

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#11 posted 02-14-2017 11:21 PM

Looks Good! Roll Tide.

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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#12 posted 02-15-2017 04:59 AM

Great work Barbara! Don’t be afraid to make mistakes-its a way to learn! Great job!

-- Small minds talk about people. Average minds talk about events. Great minds talk about ideas.

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#13 posted 02-15-2017 01:31 PM

It’s a very nice looking cutting board. Congratulations and welcome to Lumberjocks.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#14 posted 02-15-2017 09:23 PM

Barbara, that is exactly the way I do all of mine.
I put in a round bit in my router table, bring the fence together at the exact center of the bit for a centerline, set it so the center of the bit is exactly one inch from the fence.

I mark the back of my boards with pencil, a line parallel to each edge, one inch in.
The lines intersect one inch in on each corner, those are my start/stop points.

Start up the router table, drop the piece against the fence right on the corner point, move along to the next corner point, rotate the board 90’, repeat. Great juice ring every time.

Here’s two I just finished up this morning:

The only worry is if I accidentally let the board off the fence while moving it along the line. Not a real problem.
The little bit of burnout if any, I hand sand it out.

I could never see the need for a fancy jig to do juice rings, although I looked at a few when I first started doing boards for my gallery. I find it easier to bring the board to the cutter than a heavy router to the board.

-- Tsunami Guitars and Custom Woodworking, Cleveland, TN

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#15 posted 02-15-2017 10:16 PM

^ Each there own, but it’s a lot easier in my opinion to slap a PB stop (fancy jig) around the board then take a trim router (heavy router) and do all 4 sides at once. (Takes less than 5 minutes to make a jig)

You can see the corners and don’t have to stop and burn the corner as you go to the next side.
Make several passes, using the last pass to clean up the groove. Much cleaner final result than doing it upside down and hoping for the best.

There is also no chance of over shooting the corner like there is doing it upside down on the table. Upside down, sometimes you try to go that last 1/8” and it grabs and then your groove is ruined.
You also risk dropping the board back down every time you move it to the next side.

I do believe that one should do it the way they are most comfortable though.

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