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11-04-2010 03:23 AM

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I have been seeing a few cutting boards with zig-zags and commented (asked a question) It looked like end grain was glued to end grain. Did I see wrong or can this be done, if so How?


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#1 posted 11-04-2010 08:11 AM

Cant help you as I haven’t done it but I am sure if you asked degoose or http://lumberjocks.com/McLeanVA/blog/18432 to name just a couple they could help you out.

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#2 posted 11-04-2010 05:38 PM

Yeah sandhill, I question the integrity of those boards too. I would bet you that within a couple of years the end grain to end grain joints will fail, split or start to separate….

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#3 posted 11-04-2010 06:16 PM

I got some feedback from Firefighter and he uses a lot of biscuits I guess if they are for light use it would be OK. Not something I would do though.

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#4 posted 11-04-2010 07:12 PM

If you go to the link Theresa provided for McLeanVA’s blog, it shows you the process on how to build one and the end grain is facing up, not being glued to other end-grain. If others are gluing end-grain to end-grain, I haven’t seen them but I would go with the end-grain up version. Not only would this type be stronger, it’s a better cutting board. Easier on knives and heals itself better. I’m actually about to make some of these for Christmas presents.

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#5 posted 11-04-2010 08:03 PM

That’s a very good link I have saved it, I was actually referring to the “V” zig-zag that Firefighter has mad I do not see a way to do that using McLeanVA’s method though. Thanks for the link I will play with it and see if I can come up with the V design.

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#6 posted 11-04-2010 08:28 PM

Oh, ok. Well in that case you’d probably want to do a variation of the Tumbling Block Cutting Board which was blogged very nicely by Degoose here in which you’d tilt your saw blade to 60 degrees and make parallelograms and then alternate them to make the V zig-zag.

-- Matt - http://breakingboardom.wordpress.com/

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#7 posted 11-04-2010 09:06 PM

Sweet, I may give that a try I have some short cut offs about 12” – 15” long of 8/4 cherry, maple, walnut and white Oak that has been laying around this looks line a good project to get rid of them. Thanks BreakingBoardom

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#8 posted 11-04-2010 09:37 PM

No problem. Let us know how it turns out. I’d love to see pics when it’s done.

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#9 posted 11-04-2010 09:40 PM

Have a set of night stands to finish first. Putting the first coat of ARM-R-SEAL on the panels today. I still have to make the draws, tops and backs as well. Might get to them next year its just good to know I have a project for the stuff that’s always in the way. LOL

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#10 posted 11-04-2010 09:56 PM

Haha. I hear you. I’m still finishing the drawers on my daughters crib but also getting ready to start on some Christmas projects, one of which will be a cutting board. Then, after Christmas, I think I can finally start building stuff of my choice. Or maybe just some upgrades for my shop.

-- Matt - http://breakingboardom.wordpress.com/

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#11 posted 11-05-2010 04:24 AM

I have made several of the flat face boards where you cut the glued up board at 30 degrees and then re-glue, end grain to end grain. I have not had a problem of anything coming apart-yet. I am hoping that using Titebond III and using a good mineral oil/ wax finish, the joint will hold for a “long’ time. You raise an interesting question. I often use a side bordering strip that will give some more support to the end grain joint. Time will tell.
Most people would probably not use such a board for anything heavy-duty. They are too pretty. I wonder what the sheer strength of such a joint is. Perhaps the use of hardwoods is a factor or softwoods. Maybe i will have my large, adult son experiment on one!
Robert

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#12 posted 11-05-2010 05:11 AM

Christmas, I may be home from visiting everyone fro Thanksgiving by then so no Christmas projects this year.
I will miss giving everyone something I made.

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