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pmd73

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02-12-2013 08:27 PM

I thought a cutting board would be a good project to do.I know i can’t use any old finish on it but to use food grade.But what about the glue.What kind of glue should i use and tips on the finish.


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#1 posted 02-12-2013 08:33 PM

I think that most people use TiteBond II on it. That’s what I’ve used on the half-dozen or so boards I’ve made and it has worked out pretty well so far.

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#2 posted 02-12-2013 08:33 PM

Use Titebond III for the glue and mineral oil for the finish. Some add bees wax to the mineral oil but it’s not required.

Brandon is correct. TB II will work also.

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#3 posted 02-12-2013 08:55 PM

Actually, I was thinking of Titebond III (the Green bottle, not the blue one). Sorry.

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#4 posted 02-12-2013 08:59 PM

Titebond II will work just fine, but the short open time is going to give you grief. I generally use titebond 3, mineral oil, and then mineral oil with beeswax melted in.

Lately I have been favoring the Elmers Advanced. It has all the properties of TBIII, but it doesn’t dry as dark, it sands A LOT easier, and it is much less affected by finishes.

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#5 posted 02-12-2013 09:53 PM

If I recall correctly, Titebond III is food-grade and rated for prolonged water contact. Some of the others may not be.

Granted TBIII is a bit more expensive than the others. I would steer away from polyurethane glues (think Gorilla Glue) for cutting boards though. From what I’ve read and heard from other makers, it has a tendency to deteriorate after repeated water exposures and the joints fail.

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#6 posted 02-12-2013 10:03 PM

you can use TB-II, TB-III, and Gorilla Wood Glue (not the polyurethane expanding glue), all are rated to be food safe.

TB-III is also rated to be water-proof, where as TD-II and Gorilla wood glue are only water-resistance. This is more useful when doing outdoor projects and the likes.

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pmd73

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#7 posted 02-13-2013 01:13 PM

I know this is going to take a while to do.Another thing,as youre putting the boards together,what do you lay them on to keep flat that it won’t stick to .

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#8 posted 02-13-2013 01:48 PM

Parallel clamps:

These are just some random off cuts that were headed to the burn pile, but it shows you can make a cutting board out of anything. Parallel clamps are the single biggest improvement to making cutting boards I have found so far. They are not cheap – those tow cost me about 80$.

If you do not have parallel clamps, use wax paper.

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#9 posted 02-13-2013 03:12 PM

I use parallel clamps and plastic grocery sacks with the sides cut off.

I quit using waxed paper or freezer paper when I noticed that if I put two grocery bags in a box overnight and checked in the morning there would be at least 50 more bags in there.
Our rabbits we had as kids had nothing on the reproductive abilities of grocery sacks!

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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#10 posted 02-13-2013 05:23 PM

@Dallas, when you say you cut the sides of the grocery sacks off, what do you mean, exactly?

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#11 posted 02-13-2013 05:32 PM

Fold the sack out flat, so the handles are one either side.

Take the scissors and cut from inside the handles all the way down. When done, unfold. You now have a thin piece of plastic about 12” wide, 24” long and it’s wood glue proof.

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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#12 posted 02-13-2013 07:24 PM

Good tips,Thanks

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