Juice Groove Jig for Cutting Boards

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Project by mel52 posted 01-21-2020 03:45 AM 16228 views 30 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Had it mentioned to me why I haven’t put juice grooves in any of my cutting boards. Because I didn’t know how ! Got on the internet and looked for some jigs for this and came up with a few ideas for this one. I made this one for sizes from around 10×10 inches up to around 24×24 inches with any square or rectangle shape in this size range. The base is 1/2 inch ply, the sides were made of 2×4s and 1×2s cut and planed to the sizes I wanted. Measurements were for my Bosch plunge router but can be adjusted for ANY router. The upright 1×2 is moved in or out on the 2×4 piece to adjust from your center of the router to outside edge plus 1/2 the dia. of your bit plus how much space you want from your groove to the cutting board edge, I chose 1/2 inch. It is a lot easier to do than it sounds. Once I got the measurement I locked the upright 1×2 to the planed 2×4 with pocket hole screws ( nothing fancy ), and I wasn’t worried about seeing the holes left. This also makes it easier to access them if needed. You just screw them to the base around your cutting board. Use the bit of your choice and make several light passes going deeper each time to the depth wanted. The board shown is the first I’ve done this to. This one is set for boards around 1 1/2 inches thick. I you used a thinner board, just put something under it to rise it level with the 2×4 or close. If your board is thicker, just shim the side rails higher to match the board.

-- MEL, Kansas

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#1 posted 01-21-2020 04:07 AM

Hey! Nice design. I made one for the router table from youtube that is complicated and unreliable. I like your design.

-- Andy - Seattle USA

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#2 posted 01-21-2020 04:11 AM

Andybb, thanks, just try and make the cuts smooth and without stopping if possible. Mel

-- MEL, Kansas

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#3 posted 01-21-2020 11:20 AM

Nice job Mel/

-- Petey

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#4 posted 01-21-2020 12:45 PM

Thanks, I am going to copy that!

-- By hammer in hand, all things do stand.

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#5 posted 01-21-2020 02:41 PM

great idea simple and easilly adjustable,ill have to make a set of those.thanks mel.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#6 posted 01-21-2020 02:42 PM

If you’re going to make cutting boards with juice grooves that’s what you need. Funny most of the people I gave boards to prefer it without the groove. Why??? At least you’re prepared for both with this nice set up.
Good thinking.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#7 posted 01-21-2020 03:45 PM

Thanks everyone for the comments so far. doubleDD, all the ones I have made so far were without grooves and everyone was happy. Sometimes, it only takes a comment or two and I will take it on as a personal challenge to see if I can do it. Always learning. Mel

-- MEL, Kansas

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#8 posted 01-21-2020 07:36 PM

Ha! My dad asked me recently why I don’t put juice grooves in my boards and I told him I didn’t know how.

Great work on this, Mel. As others have mentioned, I will likely borrow some inspiration from you on this…and by that I mean I’ll probably blatantly steal this design from you. :)

-- Matt - Colorado

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#9 posted 01-21-2020 07:48 PM

Fiver, and to all others. You are welcome to copy, as I said earlier, I got the plans from several others on the Internet. If anything I ever show helps others, go for it. Mel

-- MEL, Kansas

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#10 posted 01-21-2020 08:07 PM

This is just downright brilliant!!!! All hail mel52!

I’ve been trying to figure out something to do this because double sided tape on a template isn’t great either. I don’t trust myself at all to free hand it.

-- The only thing not measured in my shop is time

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#11 posted 01-22-2020 01:57 AM

Great idea. I love the versatility this provides. Thanks for sharing!

-- AJ

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#12 posted 01-22-2020 03:48 PM

Thanks everyone for the comments. They are greatly appreciated. Mel

-- MEL, Kansas

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#13 posted 01-22-2020 04:52 PM

Nice useful jig, Mel.Ii have thought about that many times. I like your design because you can see what you are cutting…it is not upside down.

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#14 posted 01-22-2020 05:28 PM

Simple design. Very cool. What bit do you use?

-- The expectations of life depend upon diligence; the mechanic that would perfect his work must first sharpen his tools. Confucius, 经过艰苦的努力的梦想可以成真

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#15 posted 01-22-2020 06:20 PM

This one looks perfect – quite easy to make and very efficient!!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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