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post #1 of 4 Old 02-20-2013, 06:26 PM Thread Starter
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planing across the glue joint

I recently made some edge-grain cutting boards as gifts and now I am getting requests for more of them all the time.

After cutting and gluing up the strips for my boards I run them thru my planer to get a nice smooth surface. In doing that I am planing right across several glue joints at the same time. I suppose I should probably be sanding the surface of these boards rather than planing them but I get such a nice surface and very quickly. But, I suppose, doing this is probably dulling my planer knives very quickly as well.

I just wanted to post this and get as many comments and suggestions as I could from all my fellow woodworkers out there, so please all your posts are greatly appreciated

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not sure what planer you have, but I did that once with my dewalt 735. I didn't scrape off the excess glue that had beaded up and hardened. It left little nicks in the blade. If you took a scraper and scraped off the glue beads, you'd probably be ok.
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Use a low angle jack plane. It is #1 on end grain. It would still be best to get rid of globs of dried glue first.
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Sanding would be best but just be prepared to replace/sharpen your plane blades more frequently.
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