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I'm making a 15" x 15" x 1 3/4" end grain Walnut cutting board for a friend's daughter and inlaying a cross in the top left. The cross will go in with the rough side up and it will protrude about 1/16" so that's why I haven't cleaned it up. You can see my test on the left; the cross has 0.005" clearance and fits very nicely.

So the reason for the post is to ask a question - you can see how I've mounted the cutting board, with screws from underneath through the mounting boards and into the holes where the silicone rubber feet will mount and then those boards mounted to the spoilboard. To mount with clamps I would need really long screws so I came up with this method.

My question concerns my mounting: is this the way you've mounted things like this before? It can't be an original idea because it's a good one... LOL! The reason I ask is that I showed a couple of CNC folks something else I mounted like this not long ago and both said they've never done this nor have they seen it. I just figured they don't get out much. :wink:

Not a biggie either way but just curious.

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Sorry David, not original and there are a lot of variations. Good example though. I saw this just last week where a person was cutting a foam form to use in making a ceramic tile mold. Another variation is double stick tape (turners tape) instead of screws to hold the work-piece on a board that is larger to allow cutting.

I do something similar when not wanting to surface the entire table. I only surface smaller spots where the supporting pieces are going to lay.

Of all the different things related to a CNC, holding the work seems to be a constant search.

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Yeah, like I said - it's a good idea so it CAN'T be original - haha! But like Mike said, whatever works. I guess it just surprised me that the two guys who commented a couple of months ago on the other project not only had not seen this but asked if they could 'borrow' the idea, but then, I don't get out much either.

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Whenever I have a student who wants to 3D carve the entire top of their material I usually have them hot melt glue the material to a larger scrap of plywood which then can either be clamped down or screwed into the spoil board. If the bottom side will be hidden then screws up through the plywood are used rather than hot melt glue.

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Finished this yesterday and it was picked up today for its trip to the Dallas area (a friend is driving over), so I thought I'd post a couple of shots of the finished cutting board.

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The apple and grapes were great, btw!
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