Quick and dirty cutting board clamping jig

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Project by freddyaudiophile posted 07-27-2013 03:53 PM 2994 views 6 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Quick and dirty clamping jig I threw together (20 boards ago). Two layers of 3/4” MDF measuring 18” x 20” glued together, capped off with a layer of white marker board from Home Depot. I have a laminated oak block that measures 2” x 3” that was jointed and dead square to the surface. It is secured to the MDF and marker board using screws driven up from the bottom. The oak block has 5 holes in it… But they are not used for screws! :)

I lay in the strips for the cutting board and clamp off the oak block. Then I put some clamping cauls across to keep the boards flat.

Most of the dried glue comes right off of the marker board… Although this piece looks like it has been through a small war. I did not glue the marker board onto the MDF so I can replace it easily.

I am in the process of making a larger version as I’ve had some orders for 24 to 26” long cutting boards come alond recently… Will be the same as this one.

Comments, ideas welcome…

-- freddyaudiophile, Fredericton, NB, Canada

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#1 posted 07-27-2013 04:10 PM

Pretty cool Freddy!

Next time find a counter top installer and see if he’ll give you some of his sink cutouts. Formica doesn’t let the glue stick at all.

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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#2 posted 07-27-2013 04:19 PM


-- Gerry (the beginner), Gatineau, QC, Canada

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#3 posted 07-27-2013 04:37 PM

Good idea, glue up jigs save so much time. Dallas is right about formica, I have an old piece of countertop that I use as a glue up table, dried glue cleans right off of it.

-- Measure twice, cut once, then sand a whole bunch

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#4 posted 07-28-2013 04:42 AM

Surely this is not a vertical jig. From the background, I assume not.
If not, how much trouble is it to orientate the picture to the actual view? Not trying to be critical, but this is lame. Post the picture of the jig the way it is in reality.

-- " 'woodworker''s a good word, an honest word." - Sam Maloof

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#5 posted 07-28-2013 08:40 AM

The old saying goes that if you can’t say something nice, you shouldn’t say anything at all. I like your glue up jig, gonna have to make one.

-- Everyone calls me Ed or Eddie , mom still calls me Edward if she is mad at me.

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#6 posted 07-28-2013 10:10 PM

This is how I use the jig… I lay the jig across a couple of saw horses and lay in the glued strips and add the clamps and cauls.

Nothing like a good old sour puss to ruin an otherwise great site…

Will have to track down an end of Formica for the bigger version of the next jig. Thanks guys the tip.

-- freddyaudiophile, Fredericton, NB, Canada

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