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#1 posted 01-08-2013 03:33 AM

The end-grain breadboards I have made were less than 12” wide. And I’ve only made 5 of them.

My process, after glueing, was to tilt my 6” belt sander to horizontal and float the boards resting against the stop. Than I increased pressure while slowly moving the board left and right and adjusting my downward pressure (to, fro, left, right). Yes, some ended up being a thinner than I hoped, but this was resolved by making the later ones a sixteenth inch too thick before moving to the belt sander. After belt sanding the sides flat and visually parallel I used an RO sander and completed sanding with my quarter-sheet finishing sander.

If making power tools is something that intrigues you, GO FOR IT! There are lots of uses for a drum sander. But if your goal is to make a few smaller end-grain cutting boards, there are alternatives if you are patient and willing to hone your “hand” skills.

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