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post #1 of 22 (permalink) Old 12-04-2016, 05:20 PM Thread Starter
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A few days ago I posted questions regarding glue and walnut in cutting boards - thanks for the replies.

I decided to take the plunge and try my hand at making some cherry and walnut cutting boards. These boards are based on Marc Spagnuolo's "edge grain cutting boards". I'm making 8 of these for the adult ladies in our family (sister's, girlfriends, daughters and nieces). Normally I would make a test run with one unit but decided to make eight at one time 'cause I hate to have to reset my equipment, especially the planer and table saw.

Milled up enough parts for eight boards - these boards will be finished at 1 1/4" thick by 11 1/2" wide by about 18" long - this is the first glue up.

Once I rip the 1 1/4" strips off the first glue up, I'll reverse each other strip and expose the end grain for the second glue up. I'll post photos of the finished product when I get there. Hopefully that will be in a few days.

Wanted to make sure I started with the correct pattern prior to glue up:



Glued up 5 boards the first day - you can never have enough clamps - didn't run out of clamps but ran out of time:





Five boards out of clamps and clamped up the last three - these 5 have had glue scraped and ready for the first pass through the planer:


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Nice cutting boards Vince. I need to make a couple for my son-in-law for Christmas. I am planning to use maple with an accent of mesquite. I need to by the wood in a couple of days.
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Looking good Clay, I'd like to make myself one someday . Looks like your going to put that new planer to good use.
Seeing as I've never built one , I'm assuming you don't have to be very careful with too much glue , as the excess comes off in the planer ?

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Looking good Clay, I'd like to make myself one someday . Looks like your going to put that new planer to good use.
Seeing as I've never built one , I'm assuming you don't have to be very careful with too much glue , as the excess comes off in the planer ?
Rick the excess glue must be scraped off before you run the boards through the planer. The glue can damage a set of knives in a hurry.
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Wrong post Rick - no new planer here, just my old Delta lunchbox. But Bill's correct; I scraped as much glue off as possible before I ran one face through the planer. Glue is hard on knives. I'll scrape the last three cutting boards tomorrow and run one face through the planer before I change my settings.
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How do they look after running it through the planer? Do you think the planer will save you a lot of sanding?
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Those will look really nice, Vince! And they make great gifts. We made about 28 a couple of years ago for Christmas gifts but they were smaller boards. I did a build thread over at our sister site but here's a short video of how we cut them once we had the 'brick' completed -

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Wrong post Rick - no new planer here, just my old Delta lunchbox. But Bill's correct; I scraped as much glue off as possible before I ran one face through the planer. Glue is hard on knives. I'll scrape the last three cutting boards tomorrow and run one face through the planer before I change my settings.
Sorry Vince , where I got Clay from is beyond . I've got the Alzheimer's and I'm only 55

In my defence I did have a lot of concussions in my day though

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Sorry Vince , where I got Clay from is beyond . I've got the Alzheimer's and I'm only 55

In my defence I did have a lot of concussions in my day though
LOL, it's ok we all do that now and then. His boards are looking great I do plan to try making some someday. So far I love the new planer and finally got my drum sander set up in the new shop.
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