Cutting Board glue up jig

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Project by CalgaryGeoff posted 09-29-2011 03:05 AM 11078 views 52 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a cutting board glue up jig I designed and built to aid in glue ups of cutting boards. Its made from 3/4” Baltic Birch Ply for the base and hard maple for each of the two rails, its about 20”x30” in size. I would now make the 30” into a 38” length. I’m able to glue up my entire board in one operation with ease. I get a flat and square board after each glue up. I have ample working time with Tightbond 2 and 3 glues so far.

Check out my YouTube video here.

That should work.


-- If you believe you can or can not do a thing, you are correct.

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#1 posted 09-29-2011 03:13 AM

Would you mind if I “stole” your idea!!!!! :-)

-- Snookie, Jasper,GA

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Paul Pomerleau

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#2 posted 09-29-2011 03:30 AM

Very nice.
I have never made a cutting board yet, so maybe this is a dumb question, but what are the slats on the base for?

-- Close to Ottawa Ontario Canada

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#3 posted 09-29-2011 03:34 AM

Doesn’t the wax paper negate the need for the slots in the base?

-- Beth, Oklahoma, Rambling Road Designs

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#4 posted 09-29-2011 03:46 AM

I understand the square corner ‘fence’ but don’t see what keeps it flat. Also had the same thought as Beth.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#5 posted 09-29-2011 03:58 AM

I have a similar board, but the base is melamine and I will still use cauls to keep the glue up flat. The glue does not adhere to the melamine.

-- Mel,

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#6 posted 09-29-2011 04:01 AM

I like the idea of the 90 deg corner,but the slots may interfere if the CB pieces were the same thickness or smaller than the slots and fall into the slots. The wax paper should be enough for the bottom.

-- Flaws are only in the eye of the artisan!

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#7 posted 09-29-2011 04:11 AM

That looks very similar to the jig I use for glueing up cabinet doors. Mine has holes so it can sit on top of the clamps. Very good idea for cutting boards.

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#8 posted 09-29-2011 04:37 AM

Hi there, I use the slots for glue squeeze out channels. The wax paper keeps the board from sticking to the base. I do like the melamine top idea instead of wax paper. Next one I build will be a bit longer and made from melamine.

To keep the board flat I clamp a few cauls across the board with the other clamps in place and that it holds the board flat. View the YouTube video to see it in action.

On future boards I would make the glue squeeze out slots thinner say 1/4”

Thanks for all the comments and thoughts.

-- If you believe you can or can not do a thing, you are correct.

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Ian W

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#9 posted 09-29-2011 06:19 AM

I like that jig, I think that I shall make one similar as an homage to your wisdom.
cheers, ianw

-- any time in the wood shop is GOOD TIME

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#10 posted 09-29-2011 05:34 PM


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#11 posted 09-29-2011 09:22 PM

Well done jig – I like the idea..

Thanks for sharing

-- Scotty - aka... SgtSnafu - Randleman NC

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