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    juice groove

    How do I cut a juice groove on a cutting board? Do i need to make a template?

    Thanks
    Jiggs Elphison

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    Jiggs, the one time I did a juice groove on a cutting board, I used my router table with stops attached to the fence on either side of the piece to limit how far I could cut in either direction. It was a pain doing it this way. It took a lot of figuring and experimenting to get stop blocks positioned to stop the cuts in the right places. (And I had to set them twice...once for the long sides of the cutting board and again for the short sides.) Also, I had to start the cuts by pushing the board down on top of the spinning router bit. Since I took light cuts, I had to do that maneuver multiple times.

    I think either a template or a clamped-on straight edge (being careful to not cut too far) would be easier to deal with and get good results.
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    I would use a streight edge and a plundge router.
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    juice groove

    Thanks for your tips, i figured straight edges , my main concern is the corners, maybe I'd be smart to make a template out of MDF. Yhanks again for your tips -

    merry xmas to everyone

    Jiggs Elphison

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    I'd make a template from MDF, double-face tape it to the board, and use a template guide in my plunge router.

    Make the channel about a quarter inch deep, in two passes. First pass maybe 3/16" deep and the finishing pass to full depth.
    Jim D.
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    I would go with Jim"s way too.
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