Clamping a cutting board row by row. Two blocks align it along with a vertical clamp. A deadblow mallet levels it. Stephanie came up with this method. I put packing tape on the alignment blocks and on the board they are sitting on to keep them from sticking.
Clamping the rows together.
After the disaster, back home, having discovered what can be saved. You can see some of the planer gouges.
I have been working on an end grain cutting board. I hope to join the ranks soon of the cutting board club, but my membership bid is not quite almost ready anymore.
I was using PurpLev’s Magen David Design. I figured out how to get a mitered rip on the table saw by attaching the sized up piece to some MDF and using the MDF as a sled. This worked great.
I did the glue ups in rows and trimmed each row. Then I did the final glue up and began sanding the hard maple and walnut. It seemed that sanding would take forever so I decided to take the board down to the local high school. We ran it through the planer & BAM! It was in pieces. I could tell be the sound that the cut was too heavy. Also the board had a slight twist, so maybe it snagged an edge.
Either way, it was in pieces. I felt bad for the fellow who ran it through. I could tell he felt terrible. I was mostly still in shock.
Well, I got home, regrouped, and saw that I still had 1/2 the board (though a bit gouged) & that I had all the wood I needed, most of it ready to be cross cut, or mitered…
It will be thinner than I would have liked, and some of the miters will be imperfect because I will have to trim the one half to fit the other and each row will not fit as nicely as the first time, when I had the table saw all set up for each cut…I rarely can repeat such close cuts.
Well, I have all the pieces ready for glue up again, but I will wait until tomorrow…otherwise I am sure to rush it through stress and whatnot.
I am thankful though, because I did not freak out and waste my energy on anger or what ifs.. And I now can do the best heavy sanding by ripping it on the table saw in two halves. I could not have done this when the board was whole because my blade has a maximum rip of 3.5, not 5.5”.
I am amazed at how deep the glue penetrates & if I do this again, I will oversize the board by 1/4-1/2”.
-- I came, I was conquered, I was born again. ἵνα ὦσιν ἓν