Cutting board glue ups

  • Advertise with us

« back to Woodworking Skill Share forum

Forum topic by Betsy posted 05-27-2011 09:55 PM 2065 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
View Betsy's profile


3391 posts in 3919 days

05-27-2011 09:55 PM

Topic tags/keywords: cutting boards gluing clamping

I’m working on getting back into the swing of things. Starting with basic cutting boards.

I’d like some ideas of what you all do for glue ups once you are ready to do the final glue up on the end grain step. I remember always having way too much glue squeeze out and quite a mess to clean up after clamping.

I usually put a pool of glue in the middle of my boards and spread it with a small paint roller. Seems to work pretty well – so I guess I’m asking how much glue should I pool in the middle? Does anyone measure their glue (as a cook would measure flour) or do you just pour and guess at it? I’d rather have a mess to clean up than not enough glue, but cleaning up glue squeeze out is no fun.

Also, do you use blocks to hold your boards above your clamps or do you rest the boards on the clamps? I’ve always done the latter and used wax paper over the clamps to keep them clean.

Thanks for any suggestions.

-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine

2 replies so far

View lew's profile


12101 posts in 3779 days

#1 posted 05-28-2011 03:25 AM

Betsy! Good to hear from you!

I think I must be like you and use too much glue. I get quite a bit of squeeze out but my theory is that I want to be certain the joints are as strong and not glue starved. I apply the glue to both surfaces and then spread it with one of those plastic/heavy cardboard credit/ID cards received in the mail from places that want you to sign up for something. After clamping for about 45 minutes, I use a paint scraper and lift off as much of the semi-hardened glue as practical. There’s always a little left under the clamps that needs to be removed later.

Can’t wait to see your finished cutting board!


-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

View Betsy's profile


3391 posts in 3919 days

#2 posted 05-28-2011 03:27 AM

Thanks Lew!

-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine

Have your say...

You must be signed in to reply.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics