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Forum topic by Pity098 posted 06-26-2015 11:03 AM 784 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-26-2015 11:03 AM

Topic tags/keywords: cuttingboard rescue leveling question


So my friend just started wood working and decided to make a cutting board, and so far it is a huge mess. He has asked me to see if I can salvage it at all, and considering it is his first ever project I would like to try. The problem is, his glue up job was so bad I can’t seem to get it level/remove the glue at all.

Anyone have any brilliant ideas? I believe a drum sander would do it (with enough passes) but I am not sure since neither side is level. That and I don’t have one anyway sadly.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated, back to a belt sander until then I guess!

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#1 posted 06-26-2015 11:16 AM

re rip it, re glue it.

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#2 posted 06-26-2015 12:32 PM

Agreed with SirIb, rip and reglue. When you clamp it up next time, use cauls (do a quick search if you’re not familiar with them). I have a couple sets of 2×4 cauls in different lengths, they don’t need to be fancy. Do you have a drum sander or planer (assuming this is not an end-grain board)? Making sure that the edges you’re gluing are flat and square makes a huge difference.

On an unrelated note, welcome to the community. You and your friend chose a great first project. Cutting boards are fun, simple, and useful. And, as you’ve found, if you screw one up, you’re not out a boatload of time/materials.

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#3 posted 06-26-2015 12:40 PM

Could you possibly flaten it using a router in a sled setup. Just rig up a jig to keep the router moving in the x and y direction very flat and use a straight bit – say 3/4 inch and move back and forth across the carefully stabilized and secured cutting board undernieth. Once you finish one side you could then just flip it to do the other side as well. Just thinking out loud—-

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#4 posted 06-26-2015 12:51 PM

Here is something I do to my cutting boards. As the house cook, and one who really likes cooking, I always hated the part where you try to drag the onions ect off the board into the pan. So I added bun feet to the bottom to create a gap for the saute pan edge. Pro cooks my not like this because they usually flip their board with one side for meat and the other side for veggies. But i dont cut meat on my board. I was going to upload an image but my company blocked PhotoSuckIt.

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#5 posted 06-26-2015 05:34 PM

Picture of the bun feet on my board as previously mentioned. As one who loves cooking this is quite helpful.

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