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Forum topic by Kurt T. Kneller posted 12-17-2015 03:37 AM 793 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Kurt T. Kneller

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12-17-2015 03:37 AM

Hi all,
I am in the process of making 7 cutting boards for Christmas gift (cutting it close…no pun intended).
Four of the end grain boards are out of glue up and I have already did the first round of sanding. I started with 60 grit. The boards are smooth, level and free of any glue.

How far through the grits should I go 120, 150, 180?

I am planning to use Arm R Seal Salad Bowl finish versus mineral/wax. (I know that can start a whole other thread.)
My choice is based upon Charles Neal and to truly seal the wood but most of all, I am sure that those I am giving them away to would not really do the monthly maintenance required to properly season the boards.

My other questions are about the edge treatment. I am planning to hit the edges with a 1/4” radius round over bit.
Should I take really light cuts, 1/8” or less and creep up to full depth of cut? I am concerned about chipping. The woods are maple, walnut, jatoba and purple heart. The bit is a brand new Freud.

In addition, I am going to place finger grooves in the middle of the board ends as opposed on the bottom edge. I am doing this to get more use out the board by not having a top or bottom. How deep do you think I should make the groove 1/4”, 3/8” or 1/2”? I have a new Freud 1/2” diameter core box bit.

Thanks in advance!

Merry Christmas!!

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#1 posted 12-17-2015 03:59 AM

I think 3/8 is a good dept. 150 should give you enough smoothness and roughness to absorb the sealer. Your new bit should go through the whole thing with no problem.


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#2 posted 12-17-2015 04:03 AM

I concur with mahdee, I would only go on the edges with 1/8 round over.

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#3 posted 12-17-2015 04:40 AM

I sand my end grain boards to 220.

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#4 posted 12-19-2015 01:36 AM

what gives with wlpwlp,s posts ?

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#5 posted 12-19-2015 03:33 AM

what gives with wlpwlp,s posts ?

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No clue….pretty messed up

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#6 posted 12-19-2015 03:41 AM

That last post is SPAM…..I just flagged it…

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#7 posted 12-19-2015 03:51 AM

Yep, SPAM. Hopefully the admins will clean up pretty soon.


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#8 posted 12-19-2015 05:04 AM

I sent a message to Cricket a couple of hours ago. Think I used the wrong handle. Hope she catches it soon.

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#9 posted 12-19-2015 10:10 AM

I sent a message to Cricket a couple of hours ago. Think I used the wrong handle. Hope she catches it soon.

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