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Forum topic by Joel Shappell posted 01-29-2014 07:53 PM 959 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Joel Shappell

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01-29-2014 07:53 PM

Topic tags/keywords: question padauk maple walnut finishing

I’m making a large cutting board 40”x60” using end grain, maple, paduk and walnut. The wood is plenty dry. I plan on making roughly 6 individual cutting boards and then…

1) Glue each cutting board edge wise to make the entire top
or
2) Use a small separator board between each of the cutting boards.

I’m using Tite Bond III Glue. And will finish with a beeswax finish to keep daily usage water from getting absorbed.

My question and fear is having it crack over time due to it’s very large size. Will glueing it on edge be enough? Should it also be glued or screwed down to a piece of ply or thin melamine?


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#1 posted 01-29-2014 07:59 PM

Sounds like a bad idea unless the separator board is also end grain or not glued to the individual cutting boards. It will be critical to allow for wood movement when you attach the top to the lower carcase.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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#2 posted 01-29-2014 08:05 PM

Thanks for the reply.

Any suggestions on how to allow for wood movement? Slotted screws when attaching to the kitchen island frame?

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#3 posted 01-29-2014 08:12 PM

Buttons are good way to go or table top fasteners like these. It’s hard to give you specific recommendations w/o knowing more about your design.

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#4 posted 01-29-2014 09:53 PM

We have made a similar top before we glued up individual blanks approximately 4 to 6 inches wide. Then we drilled for threaded rods countersinking the two outer pieces. Then used washers and nuts to tighten the blanks together after applying glue. Then we put another blank over the two outside edges to cover the nuts counter bore these also to allow for the nuts that may be proud of the edges.

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