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Posted on Gaps in the final glue up for endgrain cutting boards

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#1 posted 08-11-2012 10:36 PM

I realize this is a really old post but….in case anyone looks at it here is my answer. I do lots of these board and in the early days did the same thing, had the same problems. Still do once in awhile. Solution…joint each piece before gluing them. Glue up your master strips, surface plane the resulting piece, cut it into strips, joint them both sides, and glue them into two halves. Finally glue the final end grain board.
Yeah I know ….. but it works fine. When doing your final glue up glue only half of the board and use metal channel on each end to keep the pressure more evenly distributed. Then glue the two half pieces together and you are done.
I also glue a scrap piece on the outside ends of the final board and run it through the surface planer to get it flat…well smooth. This save time in my sander. cut them off after you are done.
You can buy 36” metal channel at Home Depot…cut it in half and put a 3/4” piece of white oak in between. It doesn’t flex much and great for gluing end grain boards. That means one 36” channel for one 18” clamping caul.


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