|Forum topic by Mark56||posted 01-29-2013 08:00 PM||1564 views||0 times favorited||9 replies|
01-29-2013 08:00 PM
I’m writing a little post here to share my experience with simple butt joints. I’m making cutting boards in various types of woods. I constantly have to butt joint pieces of maple 0.70 thick and about 15 inches long. I tried all three Titebond glues. I always look for new things to improve it and here are two techniques I use:
First I use a calibrated jointer set to remove one millimeter of material each passes. I run the pieces at least 5 times each.
- One, Before applying the glue I take a nail and I score the joint. This allow more glue to stay in the joint. (It was a technique I saw from a guitar maker who used to do that before gluing the fingerboards to the neck).
- Two, I talked to a guy at Titebond who recommended me to take the glue I use and create a mixture of one part glue and one part water. This make the glue finer and allow to penetrate the wood. You wait a minute or two and you apply a coat of regular glue.
When you clamp you pieces it’s important not to clamp it very hard. You want squeeze out but you don’t want everything out.
Now, I made cutting boards for my house with Titebond I and I’m very happy with. I clean my cutting board with water and leave it on the kitchen rack. I never had any split or weak joint. The board is like new except for the knife marks. I put some oil on it regularly. For more security I used titebond II for my clients (it says for Cutting Boards on the back of the label). Well I got some returns after few weeks!!!! So now I’m using titebond III with the two techniques mention about.
I don’t want to use any fancy joints on my boards or biscuits. I’m wondering if other woodworkers have better ideas out there.