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    cutting board juice grooves...

    Anyone got any advice on how to neatly put in a groove around the inside edge of a cutting board to catch the meat juices?

    I tried one method on a piece of scrap (router w/edge guide) then tried another on the router table (using stop+start marks) which seemed like it would work... but.... fixing that means I now have a 1/2" thick cutting board instead of a 3/4" cutting board.

    I'd like a neat, continuous, groove that runs around the inside edge, and does NOT connect to the edge of the cutting board!

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    cut out a template from some 1/2" mdf and use a top bearing round nose bit.
    Cut the template in two pieces 1 for the outside 1 for the inside just to give support to both sides of the router but only run the bearing along the outside template. Put them on the cutting board with 2 sided tape

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    Make a template out of plywood or mdf. Double-face tape it to the cutting board, and use a core-box bit and guide bushing to cut the groove.

    You'll need a different template for each size of cutting board, of course.
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    I've not done it on any of my cutting boards, but the way I always figured I'd do it would be to use a template to guide the router along. You'd have to size the template for a specific size of cutting board, but in the end you could have the radiused corners and make it a single continuous groove.
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    ^^^^^^^^
    All three of us at the same time said the same thing

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rich Soby View Post
    ^^^^^^^^
    All three of us at the same time said the same thing
    Yeah, Jim and I were lagging by a minute. That's still a pretty epic simulpost. And within 20 minutes of the question being asked.

    You got questions? We've got answers. We don't mess around here at Family Woodworking.

    Oh, has anyone mentioned the template idea yet?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim DeLaney View Post
    use a core-box bit and guide bushing to cut the groove.
    Thanks, Jim... don't know why the guide bushing didn't occur to me yesterday when I was in the thick of it! Tunnel vision, I guess.

    Quote Originally Posted by Rich Soby View Post
    cut out a template from some 1/2" mdf and use a top bearing round nose bit.
    Ummm, got a link to one of those? I looked through the LVT website and there is no top-bearing bit that digs a groove like a core-box bit that I could find!

    Quote Originally Posted by Vaughn McMillan View Post
    And within 20 minutes of the question being asked.
    Yeah... wow. I must have just hit that sweet spot on a lazy Sunday afternoon where a lot of you folks were hitting the forum.

    Oh, has anyone mentioned the template idea yet?
    Wow, that's a great idea, Vaughn. Why don't you tell me all about it!
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    Now if only we had a cnc to cut the template so the corners are nice and proper.

    I have found in all this "routing with a template" its the template thats the issue.

    Fine if its straight edges. but what to do with a curve. Concave curve not so bad drum sander helps there but convex curve well i have yet to get two the same.


    While you guys are on the subject of templates and routing dont go away please throw in your tips on what to do when you need to rout down a narrow path of a template with a hairpin bend on the end.



    Imagine a template of the maple leaf here. How do i deal with those sharp "v's" on either side. I am wanting to inlay this symbol. I have cut an MDF template about 8 inch square and refined it with files etc to get edges all smooth. But how to cut the inlay now.

    I was thinking of cutting up the template through the v's and doing it in three pieces so there are no tight points to deal with. But i dunno thats pretty scary as far as correlation of each rout is concerned.

    Sorry for the hi jack Art just thought i would get these boys while they on the right wavelength.

    Just in case you wanted a maple leaf juice track.
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    My BIL and I used to put a bowl bit...like 3/8" or 1/2" in the router table flip it upside down and run it with a 1" border.
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