gluing face grain to edge graim

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Blog entry by Bob Casey posted 07-12-2015 07:29 PM 3958 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

does anyone see a problem with gluing up pieces of edge grain to pieces of face grain. I am thinking of gluing some maple, Cherry, and/or walnut pieces into 1” cutting boards, but want to put in some exotics, like yellow heart paduck etc. but can only find max 3/4 thick so I was thinking of cutting the strips 1” wide and gluing the face to the edge, does anyone see a problem?

-- woodnutbob

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#1 posted 07-12-2015 09:25 PM

Theoretically it shouldn’t work too well because of differential shrinkage and expansion, but I have glued some side grain to the end grain on the top of some legs on outdoor furniture (plant stands) that was outside for years and they stayed perfect. I used polyurethane glue which is waterproof. That is my only experience. I would advise you to try it, because if it works you will have learned something useful which you can apply on other projects.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#2 posted 07-12-2015 11:58 PM

Edge grain to face grain should not be a problem as long as the grains are parallel to each other. Perpendicular also works as long as the pieces aren’t too wide.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#3 posted 07-13-2015 10:01 PM

Blowing the dust off the old joinery book. ... Edge grain and Face Grain are both referred to as LONG GRAIN.
End Grain is referred to as End Grain (Go figger).
Long grain to Long Grain joints are strong and long grain to end grain are not.
The best idea of a correct long grain to end grain joint is on the apron of a table … traditionally these joints are mortise and tennon to give long grain to long grain gluing surface. (We use pocket screws for these today)

With the newer glues that we can use today, We get a stronger bond than back in the day.
For a cutting board I use Tightbond III as it is water resistant once it has set up.

Good luck on your board and lets see what you come up with.

-- Grumpy old guy, and lookin' good Doin' it. ... Surprise Az.

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