Glue Joint Bit projects: butcher block, bowl, chess board

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Project by SASmith posted 01-17-2014 05:30 PM 5112 views 4 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I finally found a use for my glue joint router bit.
This is what I came up with.

Maple and walnut butcher block, 17”x11”x1.5”
Walnut and red elm bowl from a board 13” diameter
Walnut and maple chess board 1.25” squares. Endgrain joints reinforced with glue joints .

Thanks for looking.

-- Scott Smith, Southern Illinois

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#1 posted 01-17-2014 05:57 PM

That is pretty clever there Scott and quite original. Beautiful work as always…..

-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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#2 posted 01-17-2014 06:01 PM

Thanks Jeff.
Lots of possibilities.

-- Scott Smith, Southern Illinois

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#3 posted 01-17-2014 06:43 PM

I like the patterns your router bit produces. Nice work!

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#4 posted 01-17-2014 06:50 PM

Thanks Lee.
There are several other router bits that can be used this way.
Like rail and stile door bits or lock miter bits. Even half round and cove bits.

-- Scott Smith, Southern Illinois

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#5 posted 01-17-2014 07:49 PM

Scott, I really like the way these turned out, quite unique.

-- Max "Desperado", Salt Lake City, UT

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#6 posted 01-17-2014 07:53 PM

...and it’s not just the pattern of the bit, its also the lighter wood’s color variation that plays nice too! Good job!

-- Al,Midwest -To thine own self be true

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#7 posted 01-17-2014 07:56 PM

Thank you, Max and Al.

-- Scott Smith, Southern Illinois

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#8 posted 01-17-2014 08:01 PM

That’s definitely something different, looks great

-- steve, simple and effective

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#9 posted 01-17-2014 09:15 PM

excellent steve

adds a lot to the works
and of course more glue surface

well done

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#10 posted 01-17-2014 09:37 PM

Looks really good.

You can also use that glue joint bit for tounge and groove also if you use thinner stock. I used a very similar bit when I made my flooring. I used a SKILL reversible glue joint bit.

-- 731 - Just because it doesn't kill you, doesn't mean it didn't try to...

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#11 posted 01-17-2014 10:24 PM

Clever work Smitty, hope all is well down southern way TC…BC

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#12 posted 01-17-2014 10:31 PM

Thats very unusual work Scott, and I think I understand most of the method and it must have been really precise work.

The only part I can’t work out is the bowl. I would love to see a blog on that!


-- I am an insomniac, but I don't lose sleep over it!

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#13 posted 01-17-2014 10:50 PM

Thanks for the comments, guys.
bigalscorpio, I don’t have any pics of the bowl construction. I was in a rush to get it done in time as a last minute gift.
To make it I made 12 triangles with 15 degree angles on each edge. Next I ran each triangle through the shaper with the glue joint bit. I then glued them together and clamped them with a merle clamp.
That left me with a 1” thick roundish “cutting board”. From the top of the “cutting board” you could not see the finger joints. You could see them from the side.
Finally I took the “cutting board” and proceeded like a typical bowl from a board.

Hope this helps

Here is another glue joint bowl made with simple lamination, not the triangles.


-- Scott Smith, Southern Illinois

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#14 posted 01-17-2014 11:53 PM

That is cool Scott.
New toys. Aren’t they great?

That bowl is awesome.

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#15 posted 01-17-2014 11:54 PM

Thanks Steve.
I have had the bit for a while now.
Just now found some uses for it.

-- Scott Smith, Southern Illinois

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