Gluing up cutting boards - How to?

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Forum topic by Kurch posted 10-21-2021 10:12 PM 383 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-21-2021 10:12 PM

I am curious about what device others use to make cutting boards.

I have been using a discontinued product “Damstom project clamps“ to straighten and glue-up my pieces when I make cutting boards. However, Rockler bought Damstom and stopped selling their product. They said they have a replacement product coming out but it won’t be available until February 2022.

I would prefer not to use heavy steel pipes and would prefer an easier option.

So, I am curious to learn what device you are using to glue up your cutting board panels.

Thank you

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#1 posted 10-22-2021 12:22 AM

By “devices,” do you mean clamps?

If so, I use parallel bar clamps for the most part, but you don’t need expensive parallel clamps to make a cutting board. F-style or the cheap aluminum ones you can get at harbor freight work fine too.

The most important thing with a cutting board glue up is cauls that are straight and allow you to keep it flat. That cuts down on sanding after the glue up.

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#2 posted 10-22-2021 04:16 AM

Depends on size, but for most items like a cutting board I use the cheapest junkiest things I can find. I’ve found better clamps like Bessey parallel bar clamps and similar have those fine ridges that glue just wants to dry in. Even if you wax them, and take all kinds of measures after a few glue ups they get harder to use.

For 6 bux, cheaper when on sale you can get Harbor Freight bar clamp heads For the short lengths that cutting boards are a 1/2” pipe is plenty strong enough, and on the black pipe glue does drip off well if you wax the pipes first. Finding really cheap black pipe is the only chore. “10 foot of 1/2 at Lowes runs 18.80, and they will usually do 3 cuts, and threading’s for you in the cost of the pipe.* This is one of those times going on a Wednesday at 9AM when people are working, as opposed to Noon on Saturday when every DIY person in your city is there. That way if you get chatting with the guy, next thing you know he has cut you up a lot of 2 to 3 foot pieces. ;-) IOW perfect little cutting board clamps.

I’ve got some Damstons, and several of the older Shopsmith clamps the Damstons were a brain child of. Both really great clamps for larger panel glue ups, for cutting boards they are huge overkill.

I think all of the worry about slippage on a short glue up is a byproduct of wayyyyyyyy too much glue. Just enough on one side, is going to give squeeze out, if it’s gushing out is when I have seen slippage on watching people do glue ups. I seldom see movement when I do them, but I use less glue. My thought anyhow.

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#3 posted 10-22-2021 04:17 AM

Cauls are a great idea…...

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#4 posted 10-22-2021 04:23 AM

I get the aluminum clamps from Harbor Freight , but I modify them like Paul Sellers does here:

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#5 posted 10-22-2021 04:14 PM

My main clamps for this kind of glue up are parallel clamps. I have quite a collection now, but I used to supplement with the HF aluminum bar clamps. I still use those in longer lengths for table tops and similar projects. I use cauls all the time when I glue up panels or cutting boards. Really makes a big difference in flatness. I’ve used dry, dressed 2×4s for cauls and they seem to work great. Packing tape to resist glue. I just use F clamps to hold them together.

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