Butcher block tabletop oops

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Forum topic by Whitewalls posted 08-20-2013 02:13 AM 1131 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-20-2013 02:13 AM

Well, it finally happened to me. I have been working on a small tabletop that someone ordered from me. It is a butcher block style, had to make 3 “boards” that would fit into my planer and then glue the 3 “boards” together and then trim them up. Well this is when the catastrophe happened. I was using my router with a flush trim bit with the bearing nearest the shank. I’ve used this multiple times and never thought much of it. Well, I was trimming nicely along my guide bar and all of a sudden about a foot in from the end, the bit sucked in a good 1/4 inch. Not just on one of the blanks, but right at the joint of 2 of them. I just looked at it and wanted to throw the router through the garage wall. Upon inspection of what the hell I did wrong, I noticed the the bearing was free floating all of a sudden. The set screw came loose on the bearing keeper collar and slid up. So I learned a very valuable lesson today. Always make sure the damn collar set screw is tight.

Then I had to figure out how I was going to fix this, I have never had to fix any of my cutting boards before. So I used my circular saw and set up a guide and got as close to my glue joints as I dared to and cut out the 2 piece section. Then I used my newly purchased block plane to take it down to the glue joint on both sides. So now I have a new “board” in the clamps all glued up and waiting to be planed tomorrow and glued back up again so I can get this tabletop done and on to the next steps.

-- Jared, Northern IL

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#1 posted 08-20-2013 03:54 AM

Eh, umm, you could have finished out what you were doing, filled the hole, then flipped it over and smoothed that side instead, since it’s a table top. That is unless the bottom of the table will be visiible.

-- The mark of a good carpenter is not how few mistakes he makes, but rather how well he fixes them.

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#2 posted 08-20-2013 10:30 AM

That’s happened to me before with bearing guided bits; now I always give the set screws a snug every now and then.

-- He who dies with the most tools... dies with the emptiest wallet.

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#3 posted 08-20-2013 09:23 PM

TCC it wasn’t on the face of the tabletop. It was on the edge, so an inch high gouge that was a 1/4 inch deep.

-- Jared, Northern IL

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