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Posted on Looking for a little help with end grain cutting board

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#1 posted 10-06-2015 02:46 AM

In all likelihood you tried to take too large of a cut. If you run an end grain broad through the planer you absolutely must take tiny little bites. I run all of my boards through the planer with no issues – it’s a hot button topic – but I do it all the time and have had no problems. Perhaps I’m running on borrowed time – but I just cranked out 220+ end grain boards (Christmas season shows) and every last one went through the planer.

The trick is to have a good glue up technique and take small cuts. it also helps to use a scrap piece on both ends of the board so any tear out will be on scrap that can be cut away.

Takes patience to do it without having a blow out. But if your glue up is clean – as in not a rocky top – but even you can do it.

Just my take on it – not saying it’s for everyone – but works for me.

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