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04-27-2011 11:11 PM

Topic tags/keywords: cutting boards endgrain end grain advice question

Hello all. I have been reading and learning so much on these forums. They are awesome. I have some fairly nice tools that I bought a few years ago and have not had time or enjoyed the health to use them. I have three young sons and had a back surgery in October. I built a nice work bench a couple years abo and a riser for the television in our bedroom last week. That really gave me the WW’ing bug. I am considering several smaller projects and would like to take on a Poker table project later this year.

I am considering end grain cutting boards right now. I understand the joining and planing, cutting, glue-ups. What I struggle with is after the glue up, how should i smooth? I don’t have a drum sander or belt sander. I could spring for a belt sander if that is the recommendation. I have read that the planer is a no-no with the glue ups. Other consideration is a flip top cart for planer. I have a small shop. Thoughts?

I have General 350 Cabinet Saw, Grizzly 17” BS (Had three years, never used), Delta Miter Saw, Delta planer, Delta Joiner, Dewalt 20” scroll saw, Benchdog router table with Incra fence (I’ve never used).

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#1 posted 04-27-2011 11:26 PM

You can smooth the top with a router sled. See here:

I’ve done a couple of cutting boards this way and it really worked well. But you still need to sand it after milling it with the router. For this, I’d recommend using a decent random orbit sander (ROS), either a Dewalt, Ridgid, or Milwaukee. Start with a low grit and work your way up.

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#2 posted 04-28-2011 12:44 AM

+1 for the router sled followed by ROS. Sanding takes forever on these types of boards.

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#3 posted 04-28-2011 12:49 AM

Thanks guys. Seems like that router jig would be really inefficient because you would be freehanding it. I will certainly take the advice and try it though. What bit do you recommend? Would it reduce the sanding time considerably if I had a belt sander? If so, model suggestions?

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#4 posted 04-28-2011 01:04 AM

Best tip – glue the cutting board up very carefully so you don’t have to remove lots of material. I don’t mean that in a mean way either. I have learned that taking time to make sure the glue up is good and that you use cauls and good clamping system really goes a long way. I have used card scrapers and a random orbit sander on mine since I don’t have a belt sander and won’t try the planer. ROS with 60 grit and work your way up…it’ll take some time and make sure you get the deep scratches from the 60 grit before you notice them while using 220! (been there, done that several times).

-- some day I hope to have enough clamps to need a clamp cart!

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#5 posted 04-28-2011 01:06 AM

Sorry to ask here, but I can’t PM yet. BrandonW, is that 4/4 board you used for your cutting board that you made for your mom? I thought these should be at least 6/4 or 8/4 stock? The board is great. I bet she loved it.

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#6 posted 04-28-2011 01:21 AM

A good smoothing plane and a good bevel up plane will take care of the flatening of the boards. I haven’t had any problems running my glue ups through my planer…or through my jointer by the way. I have a good friend that makes alot of cutting boards for crafts fairs and such…he uses a Dewalt 735 on his smaller boards…and comes over and uses my Griizly 20” when he has some oversized.

-- Woodworking.....My small slice of heaven!

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#7 posted 04-28-2011 01:41 AM

cotterm, sorry I wasn’t a little more clear on my post. The link I sent you was to someone else’s cutting board. I’m not sure the dimensions he used. I was just pointing out the router sled mostly.

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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