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I am very new to woodworking and this forum. I am making a couple of end grain cutting boards and had the idea of attaching a cleat (similar to a shooting board) so the cutting board is more stationary and stable when being used on a countertop. However, I still want to be able to use both sides of the board. So, I was thinking of routing a slot in the end of the board so the cleat could be moved up or down depending on which side was being used. But, I'd like some ideas of how to tighten the cleat. I would prefer not to use a star knob like we use on jigs. Any thoughts or is the whole idea a bad one?
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Have you considered Velcro, attached with water-proof glue?

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why not put a cleat on opposing sides, on opposing ends?

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Hi John

Think about using a 3/4" wide dovetail bit for a sliding dovetail..

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I am very new to woodworking and this forum. I am making a couple of end grain cutting boards and had the idea of attaching a cleat (similar to a shooting board) so the cutting board is more stationary and stable when being used on a countertop. However, I still want to be able to use both sides of the board. So, I was thinking of routing a slot in the end of the board so the cleat could be moved up or down depending on which side was being used. But, I'd like some ideas of how to tighten the cleat. I would prefer not to use a star knob like we use on jigs. Any thoughts or is the whole idea a bad one?



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Interesting idea except wouldn't that mean that the each board would have to be the same length as the countertop? Otherwise, it would never lay flat.
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I like the sliding dovetail idea but being new at this hobby, I'm not sure how that would allow the cleat to be stationary when in use.
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