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Forum topic by Mr M's Woodshop posted 03-26-2014 04:38 PM 2026 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Mr M's Woodshop

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03-26-2014 04:38 PM

Topic tags/keywords: cutting board route

Cutting boards have become my new obsession. What is the best way to cut a juice groove around the edge of a board?

-- Henry Mowry, Santa Clarita, CA,

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#1 posted 03-26-2014 04:56 PM

The way i cut the one in my most recent cutting board was with a 1/4 inch round nose bit and an edge guide on my router. This was my first attempt at a juice groove and i encountered a lot of burning which was fairly easy to sand out except for in the corners, that was a pain in the but and i could not find an effective way to sand the corners efficiently. If i could do it again i would probably take the time to cut out a template and use a guide insert instead. Id also play with different router speeds to try to reduce burning.

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#2 posted 03-26-2014 05:05 PM

It looks like the Search Feature is working again so just type in Juice Groove there and you will get a lot of threads to check out. I just got 228 hits on it right now.

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#3 posted 03-30-2014 10:24 PM

Most seem to employ a template and a plunge router. I have always used the router table and a couple stop blocks. Still the same problems with burning but I’ve always been snake bit by the plunge router.

-- Schooled in the advanced art of sawdust and woodchip manufacturing.

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Paul Maurer

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#4 posted 03-31-2014 04:03 AM

Plunge rout with a guide and template. Make several light passes- the deeper you get the lighter pass to take. Keep the router moving, don’t slow down- not even in the corners. Let the springs of your router pull the bit up from the work. Grind a scraper from an old saw blade or steel shim.

You do very nice work, I am surprised that you have asked, rather than answered this question.
Good luck

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#5 posted 03-31-2014 05:09 AM

I just use a straight edge guide on my router and take it slow.

-- The quality of one's woodworking is directly related to the amount of flannel worn.

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