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04-26-2013 08:52 AM

Topic tags/keywords: cutting board made how to

First I would like to say hello and thanks to all the people that contribute to the forum. It’s a huge help. I’ve been making some end grain cutting boards and came acrossed the one in the picture and thought it was sweet. I would love to take a swing at it but i can’t figure out how it was cut. As far as I could tell it was two separate blocks cut at increasing angles. Any input would be awesome!

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#1 posted 04-26-2013 09:32 AM

Go to classes tab and look up Degoose. He is one of our masters at cutting boards and did a class write up for us there.

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#2 posted 04-26-2013 09:50 AM
This is a blog by Patron on doing ribbons. I think you could use the same basic method to get what you want. If you put one piece of wood on bottom, then use double sided tape to put the other on top, when you make a cut, like 5 degree, you would have the light outside for one side and the dark outside for the other side, both being exactly the same. Move your gage over to whatever degree you want and make your next cut. Keep repeating to get the cuts and alternate the colors each time.
Of course, If Larry tells you something different, go with that. I’m no expert on this type of stuff. I usually leave that up to David (Patron) and Larry (Degoose)

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#3 posted 04-28-2013 04:10 AM

Thanks for the response guys. I took a look at the classes that Degoose posted but nothing really on increasing angles and cross cutting. I’m goi to send him a message and see what he thinks.

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#4 posted 04-28-2013 04:25 AM

The tapers are the same. Some parts are just longer.

The challenge will be in the clamping, assuming your
machining is clean.

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#5 posted 04-28-2013 10:28 PM

Have sent a reply…
“My first thought is to use a tapering jig…each time you use it the wide end will be wider… if that makes sense… just be careful with the end that goes on the stop on the jig… it will be angled…”

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#6 posted 04-28-2013 10:45 PM

The tapers are the same. Some parts are just longer.

The challenge will be in the clamping, assuming your
machining is clean.

I agree with that 100%. Clamping the glue up will make cutting the pieces look easy. The only way I can see to do it is to start in the center w/ opposing pieces and glue up a few at a time, maybe only 2 at a time.

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#7 posted 04-28-2013 11:48 PM

here are two ways

1 – re-saw your wood at an angle both sides more or less equal
full lenght

make a tilt tapering jig for the planer with a stop under
so it doesn’t go thru with the wood
but holds it at the angle and run them thru
then cross cut your parts and do your lay up
just lower the cutters till all are planed the same

2 – make a jig to run thru the bandsaw or tablesaw
by cutting out the profile you like
cross cut your boards first to slightly over size (sanding after glue-up)
and on end hook into the cut-out in the jig
and run thru being careful to keep them square to the table

and run them thru the saw
do them again slightly under half
and you will get two the same size

lay them up on a board covered with wax paper
and drive a nail at the end of each wedge
then when you clamp them the parts wont slide everywhere
since they will wind up parallel on the ends
you can clamp across there good

then cut of the sawtooth sides

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#8 posted 04-29-2013 02:45 AM

I made one for my dad, but I didn’t pay attention to the grains and the CB ended up splitting after getting wet.-don

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#9 posted 04-29-2013 05:07 PM

It would appear that two identical glue-ups were made. One glue-up was then flipped over and the two pieces glued together. It was then trimmed square.

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#10 posted 05-01-2013 11:47 PM

Hey guys thanks for the help. With a PM from Degoose about using a tapering jig, I nailed it. I ended up just gluing up two simple end grain CB’s(one purple heart, one maple) at the same size and using a tapering jig and the angles increased the more you cut. I’ll post up pics of the second one i make to help out anybody else that stumbles upon this in the future. This forum truly is a great and helpful community!

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