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04-10-2013 06:59 PM

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I made several cutting boards for Christmas presents for our kids. They were made from mostly maple but some had strips of walnut to give the board a different look.

You can see from the pic all I did was rip the maple and walnut pieces, then glue them together. I guess that is edge gluing.

I have a piece of 8/4 maple – basically 1 5/8×8 x 6 feet in length. I also have a few walnut boards that are 3/4” x 6” x 4 feet in length.

Now for the questions…

If I rip some of the maple into 1 1/2 or 2 inch widths, will it be wrong to insert some of the 3/4 inch pieces of walnut. Obviously, I will have to rotate the walnut 90 degrees onto its edge. So, the maple is original orientation and the walnut strips are on edge.

Is that doable or not? I have no idea how the outcome would be under use in the kitchen.

The bottom line is I would like to wind up with a cutting board that is about 1 1/2 inches thick and maybe just shy of 23 inches long by 12 inches wide (to fit through my planer). I don’t even want to attempt end grain just yet. :-)

Your thoughts appreciated.

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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#1 posted 04-10-2013 07:04 PM

I say “no problem”. You grain is will still be running in the same direction anyway.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#2 posted 04-10-2013 08:35 PM

Mt – 1+ on what Charles said. This is still long grain to long grain

Based on what you mention for stock on hand, you will have plenty of stock to complete the board.

If you have access to this months Fine Wood Working magazine, there is an neat article on putting curved strips in a long grain cutting board.

-- Nicky

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#3 posted 04-10-2013 09:13 PM

Thanks for the quick replies. Yeah, I should be able to get several boards out of the maple/walnut combo. At least two as long as 23 inches and maybe one or two more at shorter lengths. I will have to plan my rips to get the maximum out of the 8 inch wide maple. My rip blade is a standard kerf 1/8 inch width Freud 30T glue line rip blade.

I will post the finished projects.

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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#4 posted 04-10-2013 10:02 PM

Go for it, a complete non-problem.

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#5 posted 04-10-2013 10:27 PM

I have done as you’re asking many times. Works fine

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#6 posted 04-10-2013 11:01 PM

More good news. Thanks.

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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#7 posted 04-11-2013 05:11 PM

Not trying to change your game plan MT_S, but have you checked out the Wood Whisperer cutting board You tube video? It makes a very cool project. I know it’s end grain, but it’s pretty simple. Hey I did it!

-- Mark

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#8 posted 04-18-2013 01:47 AM

MT, I suggest you get on WoodWhisperer.Com and look for a tutorial on making end grain cutting boards. You end up with a much longer-lasting board and the design possibilities are literally infinite. You will have no trouble with gluing those two or cherry. I use those three and have done 20 or more in different designs with no problems. Face grain boards will not last nearly so long, and the designs are much more limited.

If you choose to do this, most folks will tell you that you CAN’T plane end grain. This is NOT true. I do it every time, and here’s how: Glue sacrificial strips on the two ends of the board. When you run the boards through, start off with only about a 1/64th cut. The sacrificial boards will keep your cutting board from tearing out. When you have both faces of end grain flat, use your miter gauge or sled to cut off the sacrificial strips. Piece of cake.

Google “end grain cutting boards” and be inspired.

-- --Dale Page

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#9 posted 04-18-2013 02:23 AM

Thanks for all the input. For now, the board will be long grain glued with maple and walnut with a finished size of 12×24 x 1 1/2”. I have the material on hand and the order confirmed. :-)

I may work on the end grain boards later but for now I am covered up with other orders…and I am supposed to be retired! :-)

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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