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Posted on End grain cutting boards. Comments and ideas?

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Paul Mayer

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#1 posted 07-27-2016 02:10 PM

I would strongly advise against sending end grain cutting boards through a planer. I’ve seen a couple videos where people did this with some success, but I’ve seen far more examples where this led to a horrible outcome. It’s dangerous and can instantly destroy hours worth of work.

In my experience, if you do a good job on the steps leading up to the final glue-up and sanding, there is very little material to remove. I normally use a drum sander, but most of the end grain boards that I make could be sanded with a handheld belt sander and ROS within 5-10 minutes. Get the board soaking wet to soften the fibers, and the sanding goes fairly quickly.

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