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

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Jeremy Greiner

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#1 posted 08-12-2012 04:57 AM

The board in the picture above was an over exaggeration so you could clearly see the method used. This is also meant as more of a cup or bow introduced into glued up panels or cutting boards where cutting down the middle isn’t an option.

The reason your board re-bows is because the board was flattened by the pressure of the rollers on the planer. The planer rollers push the board flat against the bed while making the cut. This is all dependent on the wood used and the thickness of the wood and how deep of a cut you take.

I’ve flattened many end grain cutting boards this way with the drum sander. The drum sander is ideal for this method because there are no rollers and you are already generally taking a very light pass. And secondly a cutting board is generally so thick, with so much glue strength that it’s very easy to get a stable hold on the bed even if there is a small gap at the bottom.

I’ve heard a lot of people using their planer with success, especially with a helical head instead of the straight knife heads. I think it depends on the planer, and how sharp your blades are and how crazy you are willing to be :) I’m glad it’s working for you.

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