Help with juice drip groove on cutting board

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Forum topic by Paul posted 12-04-2009 11:15 PM 7114 views 1 time favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-04-2009 11:15 PM

I have cut a few cutting boards that I will give out for X-mass. I just am not sure how to cut the drip groove in for the boards. Also how should I go about making the handle grooves on the sides? I don’t have a router table.
I have a router which has two bases. Should I make a template and then use it to guide the router? The problem with this is each board is different is size.
How do you guys handle this part? Photos always make the replies more exiting.
Thanks in advance.

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#1 posted 12-04-2009 11:47 PM

Use templates for each size. you will need guide bushings for the router base to follow the template’s outside edge. A cove bit will be adequate for the blood well, and a straight cut followed by a round over bit will cut the hand holds.


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#2 posted 12-05-2009 05:34 AM

You could make one template big enough to clamp to each (clamps out of the way of the router) and using a centering line position the slot where you want to cut the well (if the wells are the same size). And do the same for the dip grooves leading to the well. If the dip grooves are different lengths for the different sized boards make a slot for each length or make it the longest and stop short. You can do the same for the handle.

If I’m picturing this right. If your putting a dip groove around the edge all the way around you could use a fence on your router and no template and just mark where you have to stop to intersect.

You could also clamp a boad to the cutting boards and use it as a fence running the edge of the router against it with the bit positioned where you want the groove.

There’s probably more ways too but those come to mind at the moment.

-- -Curt, Milwaukee, WI

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