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Project by OhioPumpGuy posted 01-30-2011 02:50 AM 1689 views 1 time favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my first cutting board of any type. My brother is getting marrier and registed for a small store brand bamboo cutting board. I decided that a piece of maple (8/4×6’) at the same price would yield a better gift for the $$.

I made some plans (picture 6) in AutoCad to make the best use of the wood. I ended up with a 12.” x 24” x 1 7/8” board after planing and cutting.

I used my new tablesaw/router table (http://lumberjocks.com/projects/42413) to rip the boards, a DeWalt DW716 12” (305mm) Double-Bevel Compound Miter Saw for the cross cutting and a DeWalt DW735 two speed thickness planer for the finishing and my new JET Parallel Clamps for the clamping.

Using the plainer for dimensional ripping of the end-grain did result in considerable tearout of the endgrain as can be expected, so the table saw was used at the end to trim all edges flush. I used a 50 grit belt sander to sand the top and bottom surfaces mainly flush. The planer worked perfect on low speed for flattening both sides – I did be sure to only take less than 1/32 off with each pass.

I finished it with 220 grit and then 320 by hand; some Maple plugs for feet and 6 coats of Mineral Oil later and its finished. All in all a fun project and a great and memorable gift. Feedback appreciated.





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Chriskmb5150

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#1 posted 01-30-2011 03:00 AM

I usually round over the leading and trailing edges of my cutting boards before running them thru my planer. I dont usually have a problem with tearout that way.
Nice board btw, pretty good sized and thick, Your brother will appreciate this alot more than a cheapo bamboo board.

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robert triplett

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#2 posted 01-30-2011 03:09 AM

That is a nice solid board. No one is going to be afraid to cut on it! I use a drum sander because I ONCE tried to plane an end grain board. Lots of tear out. Great job showing your brother what good wood working is like.

-- Robert, so much inspiration here, and so little time!

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OhioPumpGuy

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#3 posted 01-30-2011 03:33 AM

Anyone have any tips for making a cutting board that is 18”x24” ? my planer is only 13” wide; without buying a cantilever drum sander, do you simply belt sand until flush everywhere?

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Chefdavid

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#4 posted 01-30-2011 05:00 AM

I love working with maple for cutting boards. Just a tip on the tearout. I glue a piece of wood cut to the same size as the board to the end the board. This way it protects to board from the tearout. Than when I am done with the planing I just throw it on the table saw and cut it off! It has worked great for me! Great job on the board. Be careful you to will be hook like I am!!

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MrDan

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#5 posted 01-30-2011 09:12 AM

Great looking board, that should last about a century or so…

For the 18×24” cutting board, a low angle jointer plane would do the trick—on the off hand that you might just happen to have one. :)

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ElmoSr

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#6 posted 01-30-2011 12:52 PM

when I need use my planer on wider than 12” I do it in two pieces therefore I only have one small ridge that I have to deal with , and then use a belt sander on that part and as stated above run the ends through a radius bit on router and you eliminate the tear out

-- ElmoSr,Ga. Life is Hard by the Yard,,,But a Cinch by the Inch

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OhioPumpGuy

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#7 posted 01-30-2011 06:07 PM

I had a slight bow after clamping, but I guess I could have oversized two boards and jointed then square to make a big board. good suggestion.

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degoose

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#8 posted 01-30-2011 10:54 PM

I would be afwaid, wery, wery, afwaid… of using a planer on end grain… there are all sorts of stories around of exploding boards…
IMHO planers are a NO NO…

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bvdon

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#9 posted 02-15-2011 04:28 AM

@degoose – I have three stories of exploding boards. Strike three…I’m out. No more.

Router sled using a 1.25 dish cutter bit works fine—and no worries.

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