removing squeeze out from end grain cutting board

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Forum topic by toolie posted 08-13-2017 02:04 AM 273 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-13-2017 02:04 AM

I’m going to try making end grain cutting boards. The first attempt is with construction pine just to see what kinds of issues are part of making these boards. Here are two pics of both sides of the first attempt.

I’ve already scraped off the almost dried squeeze out with a hand scraper and its time to plane them down, then crosscut and reassemble with the end grain up. But whats the word on titebond glue and planer blades? If the glue will adversely affect the planer blades, I could, instead, use my drum sander with 60 or 80 grit to clean off the glue prior to planing.

How have others dealt with this issue? Thanks.

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#1 posted 08-13-2017 02:34 AM

Since you have a drum sander, I’d use that. PVA glue won’t damage your planer blades, but once you get to the flattening of the end grain glue-up, you’ll want to use the sander, not the planer.

I’d recommend something like DAP Weldwood plastic resin glue though. It’ll stand up to moisture better than even Titebond III.

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#2 posted 08-19-2017 10:11 PM

here’s the finished product.

first cutting board of pine. just wanted to see what mistakes can be made so i screw up less when working with walnut, cherry and maple.

hopefully, these are going to be fun. Rich was right. flattening end grain first time out really didn’t go terribly well with the planer. really glad i have a drum sander.

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#3 posted 08-20-2017 12:56 AM

That looks really good! I like the mix of the different grain patterns.

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#4 posted 08-20-2017 04:17 AM

Looks nice. I’ve had decent luck just chamfering the leading and trailing edges and putting it in the planer. However, I’ve only made end grain boards out of hard wood and they machine much better than soft woods. I use Titebond III and have a Dewalt DW735 with no ill effects on the blades.

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