How To Fix Tearout On My Cutting Board?

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Forum topic by BreakingBoardom posted 11-11-2010 06:11 AM 1698 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-11-2010 06:11 AM

Topic tags/keywords: tearout tear out cutting board zig-zag planer fix

Ok, so I am following McLeanVA’s blog on how to make a zig-zag cutting board, and while running my boards through the planer I got a major chunk of tearout on one piece. Now because this is a cutting board I know I want all my pieces tight and no holes or gaps for bacteria to grow, so how do I fix this? Do I sand it out and cut a piece and glue it in and then sand back flush? Any and all suggestions are welcome. Here are some pics of the piece and the tearout. Hopefully the show the spot good enough. Thanks in advance for the help!

P.S. That’s my daughters hand in the last one. She’s always trying to help. CDan’t wait until she’s old enough to make it into the shop.

-- Matt -

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#1 posted 11-11-2010 06:43 AM

Just make another piece and throw that in the scap pile. (you will use it later.) If you have to use that piece just plane it down smooth.

-- HenryH - PA

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#2 posted 11-11-2010 07:56 PM

Thanks for the response Henry, but if possible I’d like to save it.

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#3 posted 11-11-2010 09:55 PM

Hopefully you have enough length to make extra cross pieces… I would just glue up all the lengths… cross cut and discard the one/ones with the divot..
Hope this helps..

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#4 posted 11-11-2010 10:00 PM

Thanks Larry. I was thinking that if I used this piece on the outside where I can see it, then maybe I could position it to where the handles are routed or something. I guess I could scrap the one section and just make my board a little shorter. Should affect it too much. Thanks for the tip.

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#5 posted 11-12-2010 12:07 AM

If you will be chopping it up to make a series of “Tiles” it seems you may have only messed up one block rather than the whold thing.

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