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post #1 of 9 Old 08-13-2019, 02:58 PM Thread Starter
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End grain cutting board question

Iíve been building shelves and assembling cabinets and stuff for years, but recently started taking an interest in crafting. So yesterday, I thought I would take a shot at making an end grain cutting board, since I cook frequently, and it looked fairly straightforward to build.

Last night, I glued up all my pieces (1st glue-up), and today noticed that one of my pieces must have been misaligned when tightening up my clamps. Now, I have a fairly visible gap in the middle of my cutting board. Is this salvageable or do I now have a nice stack of firewood? I started sanding it down, but then thought about this becoming a nice place for bacteria to form on a finished cutting board. Iím assuming that all the pieces must be flush and jointed, otherwise no one would do this from the beginning. Am I correct? Could I cut the pieces that slipped up when clamping and glue them again flush? The finished product doesnít need to look perfect, since itís mostly practice, but Iíd like for it to be functional.
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Post some photos - that would help.

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oh dear, that is a bummer.

well, the gap won't do for a cutting board - so slicing it off & a re-glue is one option, slice off and leave off the other.


plan out the final layout (I presume you're going to stagger them) and see if you can make a slightly narrower 'one side' work.
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Yes, that was the plan, which went out the window last night. I have some shorter pieces of maple and walnut, so maybe I could salvage something from this, some smaller strips, and put them into a new one. At least I won't be throwing away so much wood. Each one of these strips is 1.25"x1.25"
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Any time I am gluing up multiple pieces side by side I like to glue them up in pairs, and then glue the pairs together, that way it is much easier to keep everything lined up, takes a little longer but sometimes can be quicker in the long haul.
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Cut it apart and add a thinner contrasting strip, sort of like this -

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Thatís a good idea. I tried again last night with some shorter thicker pieces, and spent about an hour making sure all the pieces were aligned before the glue set. Hopefully this time it turns out better. I salvaged what I could from the previous one and will use those scraps for another. Thatís a great idea to start off with fewer pieces then glue them up. It might take a little longer, but at least it wonít be the most expensive cutting board in history. If this one glues up correctly, Iím sure Iíll be spending lots of time sanding as I donít own a planer. Thank you all for the advice.
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If you venture up to NW LA then give me a shout and I'll plane some boards for you. Be sure to post some photos of your finished boards.

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