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While making the cutting boards I tried to pass the boards through the thickness planer and well my little 12 1/2" Delta said no way and spit it back out at me.

I was standing in front of the machine and it hit me in the legs. Another 3 inches and I would be singing Silent Night in a few higher notes.

So a word to the wise do not be an idiot like me and try to plane a cross grain cutting board it does not work so well.
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Crossgrain ANYTHING dpesn't work well in a planer. I found that out with a slab of rosewood I tried. It exploded in the machine.
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On another forum I read about making a "frame" from 2x4's on your breadboard.

Mill 2x4's to the thickness of your board. glue the 2x4's to the edges (just the long side) leaving them a few inches longer than the cutting board.. When running through the planner take a minimum amount of stock with each pass, When your desired thickness is reached - take the board to the table saw and remove the frame. It works - I have done many this way with no problems.

There were also many positive comments on the way this works from several of the other members.

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On another forum I read about making a "frame" from 2x4's on your breadboard.

Mill 2x4's to the thickness of your board. glue the 2x4's to the edges (just the long side) leaving them a few inches longer than the cutting board.. When running through the planner take a minimum amount of stock with each pass, When your desired thickness is reached - take the board to the table saw and remove the frame. It works - I have done many this way with no problems.

There were also many positive comments on the way this works from several of the other members.

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Thanks will keep that in mind next time.
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I just wouldn't do it LOL !!

Glad you are ok buddy !
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Man.. when ya least expect it!! I've got a nice scar on my left wrist to prove it. Having milled what seems like miles of timber through my planer without incident I would have never given cross grain a thought. A great heads up thread!! thanks...
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Hi Dan,

I was almost afraid to open this thread after reading the topic

Glad you are "tall" and okay

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I've never tried cross grain planing.
It was spit out because the board wasn't wide enough to span both rollers?

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Dan,

I am making some cutting boards for Chriustmas also. and a couple are end grain boards. I use my Delta 13" planer and just make sure that I have it set to take the least cut possible. It will always tearout your edges, but I just clean them up with my TS and then route the edges.
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