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While I'm waiting on the Shelix cutterhead for my jointer to move forward on the audio rack I'm working on a very large Hard Rock Maple cutting board, at least it's large to me - 18" x 24" x 2" thick.  It weighs about 32 lbs. which is fairly stout, I think.  Matter of fact, the hardest thing about doing one this size is difficulty in handling the glued up board.

It will have a juice groove along two edges of one side and the other side will be laser engraved with a family crest.  Obviously, the side with the juice groove is the working side and the laser engraved side is for show.  TB III is used because it's FDA approved for food service items, plus it gives a few more minutes of open working time.

Here are a few photos up to this point - 

1.75" square strips glued - 

Trimming one end square; it's too wide for my sled so I had to remove the back board and use clamps to make certain it didn't move as I pushed it into the blade - 

Cutting 2.125" strips on the bandsaw; this is a screenshot from the time lapse video I took as we did the cutting - 

End grain strips set on table saw extension - 

Tomorrow I'll sand each strip, then arrange them to look the best, and then glue the pieces.  

There is a live video on my Instagram, about one minute of the glue up.  Later, I'll post video of other steps on Instagram.


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Initial layout - probably glue it like this later today.  The end pieces won't be used for the final board but they will have screw holes for mounting to the CNC for cutting the juice groove.



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22 hours ago, Coop said:

If that’s dry fitted, how will you put clamps on it in that configuration? 

I guess that was a stupid question. Not sure what I was thinking? 

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David, that looks darn nice. Love the finished. It just occurred to me that the juice edge is only on two sides as opposed to the norm four sides. Although it looks attractively different, just wondered why? 

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