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Forum topic by AM420 posted 01-19-2021 04:19 PM 469 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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AM420

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01-19-2021 04:19 PM

I’m making some cutting boards for a fundraiser auction and saw this in a video. I kinda like it and looks like a good way to use up some shorter cutoffs to make a larger board.

My thinking was that I could apply some glue to where the end grain of the different pieces meet, and it doesn’t need to be strong because the edge grain gluing between layers will hold it all together. Do you think there would be any potential problems here?

I wondered if different woods might cause gaps eventually, but different species movement doesn’t seem to be an issue with other cutting boards where the wood simply runs the full length. I could half lap each piece, but that would take a long time and I don’t know if it’s even needed.

Thanks for your input.


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menuisierJC

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#1 posted 01-19-2021 09:54 PM

This is just speculation, but perhaps you could use a dowel or a domino for the end joints. A better option might be a router bit designed for glue joints. Some give you quite a bit of surface area. Here is just one example.

-- Jeffrey

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#2 posted 01-19-2021 09:58 PM



This is just speculation, but perhaps you could use a dowel or a domino for the end joints. A better option might be a router bit designed for glue joints. Some give you quite a bit of surface area. Here is just one example.

- menuisierJC

I thought about that, but don’t have the time to wait for a bit and didn’t want the extra expense. Just looking for a potential quick and easy use of scrap. Might get that for the long-term though because making board potentially worth $40-50 out of otherwise scrap would be more than worth the bit.

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#3 posted 01-19-2021 10:10 PM

Instead of butt joints, make a scarf joint.

-- Half of what we read or hear about finishing is right. We just don’t know which half! — Bob Flexner

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#4 posted 01-19-2021 10:19 PM

Butt joints will be fine. End-ways dimensional changes are minimal esp in such a short run.

-- The hump with the stump and the pump!

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#5 posted 01-19-2021 11:47 PM

Butt joints will be fine as long as you don’t line then up with each other across the board, wood does not move in length so different species butting to each other is a non-issue.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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#6 posted 01-19-2021 11:51 PM

I did the same thing but used a thick (1/4”) spline about 1/2” deep into each end. With a 1/8” spline, a simple pass over a FTG tablesaw blade would do the trick.

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#7 posted 01-20-2021 01:06 AM

The vote for butt joints if you can cut the two opposite side square on the ends . I don’t mean kinda sorta square but very near perfect in two directions

-- Aj

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#8 posted 01-20-2021 01:42 AM

I made one similar to this several years ago and still no problems, and it is heavily used. Just my two cents worth. Mel

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#9 posted 01-20-2021 02:33 AM



The vote for butt joints if you can cut the two opposite side square on the ends . I don’t mean kinda sorta square but very near perfect in two directions

- Aj2

That’s a good point. I can trim each joining piece on opposite sides of my table saw for miter saw to be sure they line up even if it’s not exactly square.

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