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Forum topic by chefjeff171 posted 07-24-2012 07:23 AM 1229 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-24-2012 07:23 AM

I recently moved back “home” and inherited all of my fathers bench tools. I’ve been around them since I was very young, so I have a clue as to what I’m doing. I was looking to replace a cutting board my mother currently has. it covers the 2nd bowl of a double bowl sink. She has had this cover/cutting board for easily 30 years. I was hoping to replace it for an upcoming birthday. Seeing as I am actually an Executive Chef, I wouldn’t worry about the board itself if it was just a standard butchers block. However, it will only be approximately 1” to 1.25” thick and obviously made of hardwoods. Thinking maple/walnut. The sink is approximately 18”x22” I was curious if I would be better off using biscuits between the boards or just gluing..


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#1 posted 07-24-2012 11:09 AM

Gluing seems to be the standard method. Most people use Tite-Bond II or Tite-Bond III.

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#2 posted 07-24-2012 11:34 AM

The glue joint should be very strong. The only real advantage the biscuits would give you is to help you align the pieces when gluing. Titebond III is a great glue for cutting boards.

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#3 posted 07-24-2012 11:46 PM

Modern glues like Titebond are stronger than the wood. Glue 2 thin pieces of wood together and let them sit for 24 hours, then break them. The break will never be on the glue line.

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#4 posted 07-24-2012 11:57 PM

Titebond III is great. For more complicated glueups use Titebond III EXTEND. It has a longer open time and is FDA approved although you won’t find that stated on their website for some reason, I called the company and as they said yes it is FDA approved. Walnut and maple are good woods for cutting boards, purple and maple also look good together. Do a cutting board search here and you’ll see 100s of examples. I would go with 1.5” for the thickness, the thicker the better so it remains stable and will resist warping. With good clamping and quality glue you won’t need biscuits. End grain is the best on your knives but you probably already know that. Good luck and post it when your done! Also welcome to lumberjocks!

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#5 posted 07-25-2012 03:56 AM

Titebond III alone would be fine. I wouldn’t, however, leave the board soaking in water for extended periods of time just to play it safe. When they say this glue is waterproof, there are limits . . .

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#6 posted 07-25-2012 04:09 AM

Rather than biscuits, you might consider running splines the length of one side of your end grain cutting board. You could make the splines out of the same wood your board is made out of or out of a different wood for a really custom look. The splines, like the biscuits, will also help with alignment. Just a thought.

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