A little trick..

When making end grain cutting boards, it is imperative to have flat, square and evenly thick pieces.. the initial milling for the first glue up is easy…

Once glued up…

There may be a small movement and you need to sand this flat…

Here is the secret… I found that if I crosscut the pieces first, the sanding is simple…

Sand on the drum sander on one side and then flip and adjust the height by 1/4 turn and sand again… this is easier on the work and on the drum sander… just make sure that you number each piece…so they go back in order and orientation…

The sanding of a small piece like this is far simpler than trying to sand the whole blank..

Having all the pieces smooth and even makes the secondary glue up so much easier too.

Just a matter or squaring the ends and sanding…

Even in a two color piece like this the grain orientation is very important…to incorporate the flow…

Once the purple heart has oxidised back to purple I will apply several coats of Oil…

About Lazy Larry

Just a woodworker sharing some of the things learnt the hard way... so you don't make the same mistakes...
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3 Responses to A little trick..

  1. This order of operations seems like it’ll save a bit of material too. If the whole assembly were a bit warped, the drum might take a lot off from one end.

    Really nice, and an infinite number of color/ pattern combinations. This could keep you busy forever!
    Have you experimented with using cauls or do you find that pieces this size stay pretty flat?

  2. Bill Aplin says:

    Thanks for the Tip Larry.
    How do you go about squaring the board, I have a bit of trouble with wide boards as the mitre gauge only allows a certain distance out from the blade before it becomes unstable and moves.
    No doubt you will have an easy fix I havent thought of. LOL

  3. You’re so right! Wish I’d thought of that myself!! 😉

    It should work regardless of which method you use to flatten each strip. You could even plane then by hand.

    Thanks, Larry.

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