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Project by indplswoodworking posted 07-27-2014 05:56 PM 4206 views 6 times favorited 25 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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Woodworking is very dangerous and the following activity tops the list. Do not do this under any circumstance! Over the last several days I have received enough horror stories that I would never try this again. Do not risk your project , machinery , or possibly life and limb! Although my personally experience was flawless and showed no signs of hazard I have had enough woodworking brothers share stories to indicate this is just too unpredictable of an activity.
Just don’t do it!
(This was my original post with my experience)

I sent the end grain cutting board through the porter cable hobby grade planer and survived! I was advised by many people not to do this. Even woodworkers that had professional grade thickness planers with helical head cutters were experiencing problems with this application and wrecking boards and machinery.

The subject of tool versus craftsman comes up in discussion often in my life. Whether I am discussing it with a client , friend , coworker , or customer. Does the tools make the craftsman or does the craftsman make the tool?

This was something I have been planning to build for about three months and have been saving it to fit in between larger projects.

The planer worked amazing! As you can see from the photos I built a sacrificial framework for the board that eliminated SNIPE , BLOW OUT , AND KICKBACK. I would say this is mandatory for safe planing and protecting the planer from damage. The second most important process in this step is to take small bits. I only advanced the engagement 1/16 or less. Finally , stand clear of the possibility of flying debris!

Next I will put some board butter on it and will be slicing and dicing very soon!

If you read this do me a favor and either leave a comment or hit favorites above!


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#1 posted 07-27-2014 06:48 PM

You hit the nail on the head with the sacrificial framework and small passes. I have put numerous end grain cutting boards thru mine using the same type of system with no problems at all.
What type of woods did you use…looks great.

G Vavra

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#2 posted 07-27-2014 07:07 PM

Looks very nice. Lets see it after you oil it!

-- Perform A Random Act Of Kindness Today ... Pay It Forward

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#3 posted 07-27-2014 07:59 PM

You got some guts sending it through the planer! I just couldn’t bring myself to do that after all he work I put into it. Good job with the board!

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#4 posted 07-27-2014 09:10 PM

I have put off making an end grain cutting board….
No drum sander & wasn’t going to become a horror story by using my DW735.

I recently acquired a Grizzly G0458 18” Open End Drum Sander….
Pieces-Parts for my first EG Board are being cut….

Glad all went well for you….
Yeah, I agree with Joe…
Need it see it all oiled up!!!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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Steve Kreins

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#5 posted 07-27-2014 09:13 PM

Nice board and please don’t take offense, but it isn’t worth the risk! I still have the scares on my belly to prove it and I did it the same way you did.

-- I thank God for everything, especially all of you!

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#6 posted 07-27-2014 09:45 PM

Really nice.

-- Leonard H.

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#7 posted 07-27-2014 10:07 PM

I like my drum sander. No risk easy and does the job. What is that saying ” right tool for the job is best”

-- Phil Zoeller louisville, KY

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Mr M's Woodshop

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#8 posted 07-27-2014 11:28 PM

I have made many cutting boards and used my DW 735 planer to smooth them. I use the same steps you did (though I have never felt the need for side frames). I have never had a problem.

  • Titebond III glue
  • Minimum 1-1/4” thick board
  • Very small cuts

Congratulations on joining the cutting board club.

-- Henry Mowry, Santa Clarita, CA,

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#9 posted 07-28-2014 12:10 AM

Just put some board butter on it:


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#10 posted 07-28-2014 12:32 AM

I too have a Dewalt 735 and I put my EG boards through all the time. I round over the edges prior to running it through and that keeps the blowout down. I take minuscule cuts each pass and haven’t had an issue yet. I really like your design.

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#11 posted 07-28-2014 01:11 AM

Dude – do NOT do this!

The end boards may reduce/prevent snipe, but that’s the LEAST of your worries when running planer blades against end-grain – as well, it doesn’t matter how small of passes you take. Once a blade digs into end-grain bad things happen:

1) Your board is ruined
2) Your planer is ruined
3) YOU may be ruined.

It’s NOT worth it – and anyone reading this post considering trying this out. DON”T!!!!!!!

I have a hole directly through pegboard in my shop at about stomach height – I leave it there as a reminder of how stupid I was to pass a board end-grain up through my planer. Sure, it worked three times, but the fourth…...........BLAM!

Too many people take bad risks and pay for it with horrible injuries. Not worth it.


-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: [email protected] /

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#12 posted 07-28-2014 02:18 AM

Looks good, glad you took my advise and did you check out mtm on YouTube?

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#13 posted 07-28-2014 02:40 AM

i love the board design. you lucked out with the planer. have heard horror stories. i use a router planer jig. it works good.

-- wiser1934, new york

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#14 posted 07-28-2014 09:36 AM

Just because you can doesn’t mean you should. The end grain will dull the knives of the inexpensive planer and could damage the rest of the planer. Simply stated, this isn’t what the planer was designed for. Kind of like what I witnessed at a Lowe’s, a customer had bought 25 18” square pavers and loaded them into the back of a RX 7.

-- David

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#15 posted 07-28-2014 10:22 AM

I look at what you did sort of like Running thru a mined field.. You just lucked out, but next time you might not have the ending you wish for. Usually when I start hearing that little voice in my head telling me to rethink what I’m doing, I stop and rethink!! l like all my body parts intact.. The project did turn out nice though.. I’ll stick with my belt sander though! A planer and 30,000 RPM with a multi horse motor will send shapnel in many directions before you can blink.

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