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Blog entry by sIKE posted 01-05-2009 03:26 AM 2591 reads 0 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well I have decided to make one. I haven’t seen a “in progress” posting with one of these yet and grabbed a couple pics. This project was inspired by GaryK and many other LJs. Also, I looked up this project in an issue of Wood magazine. I am using Cherry, Maple, Walnut, and Titebond 3 for the glue. Being winter I am having to let things sit for an extended period of time so I get a good solid cure. I changed from using my TS to using these cauls to get the boards to stay flat and they have worked very well so far. I do need about 10 more clamps though.
Cutting Board Glue Up 1

When I am done it will be a large cutting board 17 3/4×15 5/8. I am building it in ~6” wide sections so I can do the initial flattening on the jointer and planner. This has worked out much better than expected.
The pic below shows two ~6” sections being glued together.
Cutting Board Glue Up 2

I have all three sections built now I am just waiting on glue and time. Will post again as a completed project.

-- //FC - Round Rock, TX - "Experience is what you get just after you need it"



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#1 posted 01-05-2009 04:08 AM

Looking good so far. These are great projects to make. End grain boards take a lot of time, but they are worth the effort.

-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine

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#2 posted 01-05-2009 04:20 AM

sIKE, I have say this is looking good to me as well. I have been meaning to put one of these on my to do list. I am going to be interested in seeing the finished project.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#3 posted 01-05-2009 05:07 AM

Nice work, sIKE. Yeah, I don’t know why people keep saying this is a good first project. It’s not. It’s not an easy project and not one which can be done ( easily perhaps) without power tools, a lot of clamps and good preparation. There’s a lot of gluing involved and little errors can easily add up.

I’m surprised you didn’t get any tear out running end grain across the jointer or through the planer. I didn’t dare try. Instead I opted for the belt sander at the end.

Nice contrast of woods and cool pattern!

-- If you can't joint it, bead it!

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sIKE

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#4 posted 01-05-2009 05:17 AM

Steve,

I was amazed that I didn’t get any tear out, I took super light passes 1/64th at a time on the joiner and took the same on the DW735 on the slow speed. I am going to end up hitting it with a ROS and work it through the grits. The glued up 2×4s (mistakes from a previous project) really helped to keep everything flat. Though I had to do a lot of sanding on the glued up blank.

-- //FC - Round Rock, TX - "Experience is what you get just after you need it"

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#5 posted 01-05-2009 05:50 AM

Other than gravity , what are you using for down pressure ? Do you put wax paper between the boards and studs ? It looks like its going to be a nice board in the end : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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sIKE

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#6 posted 01-05-2009 06:09 AM

Dusty,

Very good question, I grabbed the first pic after I took the clamps off but before I had the clamping cauls off. I had pipe clamps on the ends and the center with wood pads to protect the clamped wood. No wax paper, just used a persuader to separate the 2 by’s from the cutting board.

-- //FC - Round Rock, TX - "Experience is what you get just after you need it"

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#7 posted 01-05-2009 03:00 PM

Looks great. I like the wood selection and placement. Lots of work.

I have found that plastic (Scotch) packing tape on the cauls is a great way to keep the glue from sticking. Much easier than wax paper.

I will be great to see it finished,
Steve

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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sIKE

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#8 posted 01-05-2009 04:15 PM

Aren’t you worried about adhesive from the tape being left behind?

-- //FC - Round Rock, TX - "Experience is what you get just after you need it"

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#9 posted 01-05-2009 04:20 PM

I put the tape on the cauls (the 2×4s). It just makes them plastic coated. It is two inches wide, so there is no middle gap. It peels off easily after the job is done. None was transfered to the cutting board.

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#10 posted 01-05-2009 06:46 PM

Thanks for the packing tape tip . I’m trying to use up an old roll of wax paper myself. I secure the paper with a small piece of masking tape at either end when needed .(once again , an old roll ) LOL

sIKE , I was wondering if you had clamps in place prior to the pic taking , but I had to ask because I’ve known people that think the glue joints will be good without clamping them . I will keep your caul jig in mind when I make my next large panel glue up …thanks : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#11 posted 01-09-2009 02:27 AM

sIKE, how think will your finished cutting board be? Really nice…thik I’ll start one tommorrow…

-- Bob, Arkansas

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sIKE

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#12 posted 01-09-2009 02:36 AM

I am shooting for about 1” thick. They are a bit more challenging than I expected.

-- //FC - Round Rock, TX - "Experience is what you get just after you need it"

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#13 posted 01-09-2009 03:04 AM

Great job. Looks like a fine cutting board and an interesting way to make sections and then glue up.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia karsonwm@gmail.com †

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