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07-31-2015 11:01 AM

I scored a 48” x 12” to 18” x 1/2” HDPE cutting board from a restaurant. The surface is looking pretty rough so I want to clean it up but I don’t have a planer or jointer.

Would sanding it work? If not are there any other ways to resurface it?

Other than cutting boards and miter slot bars what can hdpe be used for?


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#1 posted 07-31-2015 11:03 AM

Hand plane or router comes to mind. Sandpaper will get clogged up.

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#2 posted 07-31-2015 11:06 AM

Sanding plastic is not usually a good idea. This type of plastic will gum up and melt more than smooth. I would suggest using a router. Also, if you do find a planer to run it through, please dont. I honestly get a bad feel from doing that. Its more a gut thing than a “yeah, i tried it and broke the planer” thing.

Are both sides of the cutting board in rough shape? The very best finish you can put on there would be using a mill with a fly cutter. Rather than the normal tool steel being sharpened to a point, use what is called a radius cutter. This will finish the plastic much better. Test run it so your RPMs are just right…if you can get to a Bridgeport, that is.

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#3 posted 07-31-2015 11:06 AM

Oh yeah! The router planing jig method thing. I’ve always wanted to do that. Thanks. If there’s not an easier way I probably going to do that.

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#4 posted 07-31-2015 11:16 AM

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Also, if you do find a planer to run it through, please dont. I honestly get a bad feel from doing that. Its more a gut thing than a “yeah, i tried it and broke the planer” thing.

From what I’ve read people have run hdpe through planers with no issues. The only thing they’ve mentioned is cleanup is a pain. Other types of plastics could be an issue but hdpe is okay.

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#5 posted 07-31-2015 02:21 PM

A planer is fine. When I worked for a tool dealer a couple of guys were setting up a business to resurface commercial cutting boards. We ran a bunch of test samples and it worked great. I’ve also planed trex successfully.

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#6 posted 07-31-2015 07:22 PM

Two ideas that came to mind to me are trying a card scraper and, if it’s only dirty and not a rough surface, put it in the dishwasher.

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#7 posted 07-31-2015 07:25 PM

I’ve used saws planes jointers and planers on uhmw without a problem.

I card scrapers would prob work well.

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#8 posted 08-01-2015 02:25 AM

Makes for an awesome sacrificial fence if you have Saw Stop saw with an aluminum (like Incra) fence system.

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#9 posted 08-01-2015 02:43 AM

“Other than cutting boards and miter slot bars what can hdpe be used for?”

As shielding for thermal neutrons from a nuclear reactor?

Marc

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