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How would you hand plow a groove in a cutting board?

by surrywood
posted 12-01-2018 10:58 PM

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#1 posted 12-01-2018 11:08 PM

A sharp router.

Preferably one with a fence.


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#2 posted 12-02-2018 04:21 AM

A scratch stock would get it done too.

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#3 posted 12-02-2018 11:29 AM

Thanks guys. You know for some reason I did not even think of my Stanley 71 or the scratch stock. My wife and I moved into a rental recently because we are getting ready to build and a lot of my tools are in storage along with my bench. I have a small spare room upstairs to work in and have been getting a few things here and there out of storage. Haven’t done much in the last several months and I am going a little stir crazy without the shop so she has come up with a few things she wants lately.

I haven’t had my router all that long and I will have to verify whether I do have the fence. I only got to use it before we moved to clean up a few dados and small shoulders

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#4 posted 12-02-2018 03:50 PM

I would use a scratch stock, my combination plane, or a gouge. If using the plane, I would cut the groove full length and then put on breadboard ends to “stop” the groove. If using a scratch stock or gouge, I would use a gouge straight into the board to stop the end of the groove.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#5 posted 12-02-2018 04:28 PM

Locate your 4 corners and use a drill brace to drill your holes.

Looking forward to seeing your cutting board in the project section when time permits.

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#6 posted 12-02-2018 04:54 PM

One consideration in planning and cutting the groove will be cleaning. Your wife wants it to catch juices or grease when the board is used for cutting. So it seems logical that it have rounded corners and no sharp crevices. First, layout the borders of the groove precisely. Then, with a very sharp bench knife and guide rule (straight edge), incise the borders paying special attention to the cross-grain portions. Finally, cut the groove – with your hand router or gouge.

-- Phil Allin - There are mountain climbers and people who talk about climbing mountains. The climbers have "selfies" at the summit!

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#7 posted 12-02-2018 06:50 PM

Waho609 had my very thoughts about the corners. I would use a Forstner bit.

-- Les B, Oregon

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#8 posted 12-03-2018 10:32 AM

These are really great ideas, and I will most certainly post in the project section. I knew the creative minds here would help me figure this out. Thanks guys.

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#9 posted 12-03-2018 11:27 AM

This is where I’d pull out my No. 45 and learn how to use it. Or a 10mm No.9 gouge. The gouge would take me less time – no setup (and no learning curve)

-- Bill - Rochester MI

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#10 posted 12-03-2018 02:38 PM

I like Phil32’s idea of using a knife (although I’d use a marking gauge) and cutting the edges in first. Then a router plane would be the easiest way to clean it out for me. But, I imagine you’d want the groove rounded in the bottom rather than having sharp inside corners? So I like Bill’s suggestion of using a gouge.

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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