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

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#1 posted 08-12-2012 04:37 AM

I’ve actually not had any problems doing exactly what Jeremy is talking about on the planer and have never had a board re-warp. I send it through twice on each height adjustment and move in smaller increments, once one side is finished I send the other side through. I assume it tends not to re-warp because an equal amount tends to come off each side. I prefer doing it this way due to a lack of clamps and time, if I had to do this with every board that was cupped I’d have to do every board I’m currently working with and that would either add to the aggravation of trying to glue up 4 boards over 12 inches with me hand jointing each glue line; or gluing the two boards back together, waiting a day for them to dry and then gluing up my panel and still having to hand joint extra. And no matter what I still never seem to get my panel glue ups perfectly flat which requires still more work. Extra time at the planer means less time elsewhere and a lot less work. All the wood I’m using was free seconds from the mill but nice and thick so my boards are still over 3/4” thick when done and flat.

As to cutting boards in the planer, I don’t have drum sander either and have sent boards through the planer. If you must do it make sure the board doesn’t rock in any way by shimming under the corners and take very shallow cuts, I take 16 adjustments to turn the knob one time which is only a 1/16 of an inch total. Don’t stand in the way of planer, stand completely to the side. I’ve done this with about 5 boards so far and though I’ve never had a hitch in doing it I still don’t fully trust the process.

Although this is way to late for the OP, if I have a glue line that looks really bad with a gap I run the band saw blade right through the middle of it, doesn’t remove a lot from either side and basically joints the edge if you have a good sharp and wide blade that doesn’t wander or flutter.

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