|Forum topic by Jonathan||posted 11-10-2011 07:43 PM||3507 views||2 times favorited||22 replies|
11-10-2011 07:43 PM
This is an end grain cutting board I started on quite a long time ago now. I did the initial glue-up not quite a year ago. I am going to be finishing it up sometime in the next couple of weeks so it can be shipped to my in-laws for Christmas.
The board uses 8/4-hard maple, 5/4-walnut, and 4/4-quartersawn cherry. I used Titebond III for the glue-ups.
Last year, I purchased a Panel Max Glue Press System from Peachtree at last year’s Woodworking Show. I have mixed feeling on this piece of equipment at this point in time. I’ve only used it a handful of times, so maybe I’m still getting used to using it. It’s just awkward and difficult to actually get it to work correctly, as things are constantly shifting and sliding. To be honest, it hasn’t worked as well as I’d hoped. I thought it was going to make panel glue-ups easier, faster, and more even without gaps, but that’s just not the case. Below is a picture of the cutting board during the first glue-up. I added a few extra clamps to be safe:
After the first glue-up, this is what I had:
I also weighed it, as I wanted to see what I started with for materials, versus what I’ll end up with once everything is done. It weighed-in at 13.4-pounds after the first glue-up:
And this is what it looks like as of right now, after the 2nd glue-up and trimming the edges this morning:
I haven’t weighed it at this stage yet, but I will and post back. Just ran out of time this morning before coming in to work. I am still also trying to decide exactly what else I want to do to it, as far as edge treatments, handles, etc. I know I’ll definitely be adding rubber feet on the bottom, along with stainless steel screws, but the rest is up in the air at this point. I’ll post back soon with the weigh-in, as well as the other details, once they’re worked out.
At this point, the dimensions are:
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