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Project by Gene47 posted 11-14-2013 05:21 PM 1227 views 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

It is that time of year and what better gift than a nice end grain
butcher block cutting board. Monogramed no less.

These boards are 15×24 x 3.

Made of walnut, red oak and maple.

One is for the man I sometimes work for and he is giving it
to his wife and the other is for my brother and his wife.

I also am posting a pic of the glue up jig I made to handle these

Thanks for looking.

-- Gene Miller - it only took me 3 days 9 hours and 28 minutes to get that top flat!

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#1 posted 11-14-2013 06:28 PM

Nice…I think you may have messed that one with B monogram up a tad bit. Should probably just send it to me and make another one….lol Those are some of the coolest boards I have seen…Great job Gene.

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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#2 posted 11-14-2013 09:28 PM

...and beautiful presents are here.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#3 posted 11-16-2013 05:51 AM

I don’t fully understand your jig. How do you keep it all flat and how do you get it all glued up at once? Looks awesome though!


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#4 posted 11-16-2013 02:09 PM

In response to how the glue up jig works I will try to explain. Those boards are 24×15 x 3 so each square is
1 inch square and 3 inches long so do make that board I first have to glue up each row separately.

I use the jig to lay one row down flat and then apply glue to the sides of each block then
clamp the row to the short side of the jig . To make sure it stays flat and square I use a strip of melamine
against the length of the row and clamp it to the long side of the jig.

I then put a caul on the top of the row and clamp against the bottom to make sure
the blocks are in the same plane.

After all 15 rows are glued up I run them through the drum sander to make sure they are
all the same thickness just in case any of them did not stay flat and to remove any glue
residue so that the final glue up will good.

I then trim all the rows on the table saw to make sure that the ends are all the same and
the each row on end on the jig to make sure they are in order then I apply glue to the
face of each row.

After all the glue is applied I use a strip of melamine as a spacer and clamp from both
from the end and the sides to insure it is perfectly square in the jig and that all the
blocks a aligned.

The glue up process is the most time consuming as it takes about 4 days to complete.

I give each row at least 2 hours in the jig before removing the clamps and that means
I only can glue up about 5 rows a day and then the final glue up I leave in the jig
for 8 hours to make sure there is no possibility of separation after removing the clamps
and then I let it set overnight before I start the final sanding routing of the corners.

Hope that helps.


-- Gene Miller - it only took me 3 days 9 hours and 28 minutes to get that top flat!

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#5 posted 11-18-2013 05:58 PM

They’re special boards because like the way you monogrammed them. Great job!

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#6 posted 12-19-2013 03:51 AM

Very cool.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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