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Forum topic by RussellAP posted 01-28-2014 06:36 PM 1078 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-28-2014 06:36 PM

I’ve been avoiding making checker patterns in my boards. I think it’s mainly because I do it wrong.
I’ve been trying to cut out my pieces and glue them up and for some you have to, but for most I have been wondering if you make several striped cutting boards and cut them and glue them up in a pattern rather than cut each piece, which can be very dangerous on a TS and very frustrating on a BS.

How do you guys make these checker boards?

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#1 posted 01-28-2014 07:00 PM

You mean like the end grain boards? Here and Here.

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#2 posted 01-28-2014 07:14 PM

Laminate alternating colors of 2×2x16” squares of wood into a single board. Once the glue has dried, cross cut into slices.
Glue the slices up so the end grain is showing.
Sand, brand, finish, sell.

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#3 posted 01-28-2014 07:19 PM

Bondo, that’s much easier.

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#4 posted 01-28-2014 08:03 PM

This is a real handy little program for doing cutting board designs.

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#5 posted 01-29-2014 02:57 AM

Be very meticulous in cutting your boards for the first glue-up. It’s extremely important to have them perfect.
That probably entails the time-honored tradition of jointing a face, then an edge, then ripping them to width, then planing them to thickness

I make them oversized in thickness so that after the first glue-up, I can plane them down and “sneak up” on the thickness to make the squares perfect.

Use cauls if you have to, but make that glue-up perfect

Crosscut the glued-up plank. After you roll the billets 90 degrees to get the end grain up, flip every other billet end for end to get the checkerboard pattern. When you do the second glue-up be meticulous in matching the corners. Any mistake will jump out to the viewer. Use a glue with a long setting time so you can move the billets around to get them perfect. I use Titebond III with the green label. You might even wet the boards so that the glue isn’t soaked up so quickly.

Patterns in cutting boards are dependent on perfectly square boards and careful glue-up to align the corners of the billets.

Do not accept less than perfect or you’ll never get it.

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