I had some good suggestion for how to smooth the cutting board. I had it
well along with a belt sander and so I finished it that way. I've since
assembled three more using a different method with better results. What was
suggested by the author was not the best method for me. He suggested three
groups of eight sections on the table and clamped. I did all 24 pieces with
them on the Bessey clamps and got better alignment. Just had to work a bit
faster to beat the recommended open time.
I also adjusted my digital glue spreader to put less on the wood. Less
squeeze out, less labor.
Ed, I also found when gluing in groups of 3 that the center of each 8 piece
section would bulge. I had to flatten the sides of each 8 piece section
before gluing those together. I think doing it all at once would be the way
to go. I mentioned earlier that I may double or triple the thickness and
cut blanks out on the BS from a single larger slab. I may also carefully
place brads to help prevent the pieces from sliding around taking care not
to put any where I may cut later.
The double or triple sounds like a good idea, of course you have more glue
to spread before it is clamped so time is a factor. I had the same bulging
problem and it prompted me to go to the single step.
I have the put together on the clamps and just glue one up, place it
carefully and the side to side lineup is rather good. Seems like they get
enough tension sitting in place that side shift in clamping is not a
problem. just a quick snugging with cauls get them near perfect. A shaving
pass through the tablesaw fixes up the minor imperfections.
I want to get them done soon so the exposed cherry will have a little time
to darken a bit. I'll probably sit them so the sunlight will help age the
wood for a little more character when the recipients get them.
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