I have to replace a cutting board and would like to put it on rolling
slides. The cutting board is currently mounted above a drawer and is
3/4" deep. Currently it slides - sometimes kinda slides - in a metal
channel tacked onto the inside the face frame. As well as not sliding
well it is out of square and is shredding the current board.
I will be making a new cutting board that will be 3/4" thick and would
I like to mount it on slides that are less the than full 3/4"
thickness, so the hardware can be concealed. I can't do an under-mount
because there is nothing to mount the front of the slide to. and I
would like Euro style slide or an accuride. The real requirement is
that it be sliding and less than 3/4" high.
Second question. What is the minimum thickness for an end-grain
cutting board? Does it depend on wood used? Whether the gluing surface
has been grooved - i.e. finger jointed? Are there any decent
references that people here know of that talk about how to construct
good quality long lasting useful cutting boards?
When I started this project.. it seemed... ssssooooooooo simple..
Depends on what you going to be using it for.
A simple slide out shelf with some light chopping, no heavy turkeys or
anything probably 3/4" is fine.
A good solid cutting board is minimum (IMO) 1 1/2" with 2 1/2" being
preferable for something I'm going to beat on.
I think you are going to have a problem finding that slide. Assuming
you do (have a problem) you could kerf the sides of the board and use
metal "L"s on the case sides. If there is room in the case, you could
do the same thing with wood...slides under the board, kickers above.
Either way means that the further the board is extended the less
support it has.
I made a similar one but as *part* of a drawer. The tops of the
drawer sides were milled to half round, the underside of the cutting
board has grooves to match and rides on the drawer sides. Pull out
the drawer and the board comes too. Want whats in the drawer? Push
the board back. Want just the board? Pull it while holding drawer
front. Want the board full out but with support? Pull out the
drawer, hold board, push the drawer back a bit. If one wants to use
it on a counter, it just lifts off.
How thick it should be depends on its size and how/if it is supported.
As I said, you could make it as thin as you could make it - 1/8" say -
and any size IF it was totally supported.
Yours will NOT be well supported and I would NOT make it end grain.
We have three cutting boards...
The one on top of a drawer is 1 1/8 x 15 x 20. It is made of 3/4 x 1
1/8 maple strips.
One on the counter by the toaster is 3/4 x 10 x 14. Used mostly to
slice bread. Made of maple boards.
One on the island - the only edge grain one - is 1 3/4 x 7 x 7. Used
to trim a chop, slice a tomato or onion, etc. Made of 3/4 x 3/4 x 1
3/4 hickory strips.
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