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post #1 of 4 Old 12-05-2018, 08:10 PM Thread Starter
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Plane first or plane later?

Newbie to non-plywood here, so be easy.

I'm trying making some Christmas present cutting boards from scrap hard Maple and Walnut.

I've jointed one edge of all the pieces, and both faces are already flat.

The Maple is 1" and the Walnut is 1 1/4" thick.

My question is: Should I run the Walnut through the planer first to match the Maple thickness or should I glue everything up first and run the complete boards through the planer after? Or do both?

I have a DW735 planer that will handle the full width of the completed cutting boards.

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a lot of people run end grain cutting boards through a thickness planer all the time.
a lot of people run an end grain cutting board through a thickness planer ~ only once.
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To answer your question you would be better off to glue as much of the cutting board together as you can before you surface it.

If the cutting board is to be used walnut isn't a very good choice. It may look very nice used a lot for cutting boards but the wood is very open grained and can easily harbor bacteria. You need a closed grain wood that is dark such as cherry.
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When I was in school we always been told never put end grain through the planer as it would explode, so when we got a helical head in the planer I remember my teacher grabbing someones cutting board and sending it through to see if it world work. It did but it chewed the snot out of the last few inches, so we all just continued to use the sander.


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