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Forum topic by MashMaster posted 863 days ago 637 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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I’ve built two cutting boards now and have had the luxury of having access to a large drum sander. I won’t have access to that anymore. How do you sand the boards flat on the end grain? It seems that a belt or orbital sander would leave a non-flat board.

-- - Dave ; Austin, TX

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#1 posted 862 days ago

I’ve used a belt sander to get everything flat, then cleaned up with orbital and in-line sanders through smaller grits.

My process with a belt sander involves initial strokes at an angle (say, 15°) and overlapping the strokes until I’ve covered the entire surface and back again. Then I will shift the angle in the opposite direction and repeat. I continue this process until everything is flat, then I remove those scratches with a traditional straight-on stroke.

At that point, everything should be dead flat and it’s just a matter of removing finer and finer scratches.

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#2 posted 862 days ago

Some guys like to set up a router jig where it rides on 2 parrallel rails.

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty

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#3 posted 862 days ago

To see what chrisstef is talking about, you can check out Gary Fixlers cutting board and jig HERE.

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