First cutting boards

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Project by elroyy posted 02-21-2017 02:51 PM 1633 views 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I finally got around to finishing and posting some projects. It only took me one pass through the planer to stop, research, and read why I shouldn’t send end grain through the planer. :).

I’ve got to figure out a redneck solution to dust collection on my belt sander but I’m pleased with the results.

Any advice and guidance is always welcome.

-- "Without lethality, it's just a parade."

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#1 posted 02-21-2017 06:37 PM

I’m curious, how flat is flat using a belt sander?
Whenever I try to make an end grain cutting board using a belt sander, I always end up with a bit of waviness that I am always displeased with. Just a constant battle trying to get rid of it. I finally said no to end grain unless I could get a drum sander, and to be honest, no room left in the shop.

Hence, I only build with the grain boards for my gallery, although they do sell well.
I’m sure if I could get end grain board in there I was happy with, it would be like a new product line…

BTW, they look great!

-- Tsunami Guitars and Custom Woodworking, Cleveland, TN

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#2 posted 02-21-2017 06:51 PM

Well, they’re pretty flat. What I do to make them flat enough to use, and not rock on their rubber feet, is to place stainless steel washers, smaller than the diameter of the foot, between the foot and the board.

I’ll use this as a future rationalization to buy a drum sander.

-- "Without lethality, it's just a parade."

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#3 posted 02-22-2017 07:06 AM

@elroyy: First, I love your boards. The variations in design inspire me. I’ve made many boards, but I stick with the same design, more or less.

The key to sending end grain through the planer is to first glue on a sacrificial board to the trailing end. This board will prevent tear out of your project. The second important factor is to take very small passes. I usually start with the feed rollers grabbing the board and the board just passes without any contact with the cutters. Then I slowly lower the cutter head until contact.

After I’m happy with the results, I simply cut off the remainder of the sacrificial board. It doesn’t take much sanding to eliminate the blade marks on the edge.

Occasionally, my glue up is less than ideal and the board has a wobble when lying flat. When that happens, I glue a board to both sides to keep the piece from wobbling during planing. I cut them off and sand as necessary.

Of course, I do this because I do not have a drum sander. I cannot get one right now because I’m overseas and don’t have the space for it nor would I want to risk being over my weight allowance once we rotate back to the States.

-- TT

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#4 posted 02-22-2017 05:24 PM

just what TexasToddT said except I have had sacrificial boards glued to the front, back and both sides. The side boards will eliminate any possible snipe that can occur on a board that may have a slight ‘twist’ with glue up.
I’ve found that having a couple pine 1×6’s laying around comes in REAL handy.

btw – your boards are really nice

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#5 posted 02-24-2017 06:59 PM

Try a router sled. Easiest way I know of to flatten end grain.

-- Thank God for sawdust... Ron. TX resident...

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#6 posted 02-26-2017 02:35 PM

Thanks folks for the tips. My goal is to eventually use a drum sander. Without achieving a perfectly flat glue up running them through the planer sounds pretty violent. I use some thin stock for small mantle clocks as well and the drum sander would help with this endeavor as well.

Appreciate the positive comments.

-- "Without lethality, it's just a parade."

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