|Project by jayman7||posted 11-23-2008 05:40 PM||86293 views||295 times favorited||100 comments|
Hi guys. After I completed my first cutting board, I wanted to make more using a different design. I wanted an easy way to design one on the computer, so I made a simple program in Visual Basic the other day. I hereby proclaim it as CBdesigner. Not so clever, huh? :) It helps me visualize what small changes in the first glue-up will turn out in the end-grain version, so maybe it will be of use to some of you woodworkers out there as well. I made it pretty self explanatory to use.
It creates a materials list so you know how much you need ahead of time so you can decide if you have enough scraps. It even takes into account the amount of wood lost from the saw blade itself so you can minimize waste. I made it as accurate as could be, but of course there is the possibility of errors so any comments/corrections are more than welcome! The colors I picked may not be the best representation of the woods listed either. Maximum layers is 200 (though the program breaks long before you get there). You can now insert and delete layers in the middle. You can also now drag the layers around by dragging the double-headed arrow. This program works on the assumption of ideal conditions, so please be sure to account for extra wood as you should be doing anyway. :) Feel free to distribute it if you like it. Thanks!!!
IMPORTANT FOR ALL VERSIONS OF WINDOWS:
1. Download the COMDLG32.ocx file here: Download COMDLG32.OCX file
2. Put it in your C:\Windows\System32 folder (or if that doesn’t work, try the SysWOW64 folder)
3. Go to Start → Accessories → Command Prompt (right click Command Prompt and click “run as administrator” if using Vista or 7)
4. Type “regsvr32 \windows\system32\comdlg32.ocx” (or SysWOW64 respectively) and hit enter, also note the space after “regsvr32”
For Windows 8 Users: (Thanks to Steve for the tip)
64 bit: Place the COMDLG32.ocx file in c:\windows\SysWOW64. Click “Start”, type “Run”, then type “regsvr32 %Systemroot%\SysWOW64\comdlg32.ocx”. Don’t type the quotes.
32 bit: Place the COMDLG32.ocx file in c:\windows\System32. Click “Start”, type “Run”, then type ” “regsvr32 %Systemroot%\System32\comdlg32.ocx”.
For both versions of Windows 8, you need to be logged in as administrator in the command prompt to make it work. To log in as administrator, push the Windows key, type cmd and you’ll see the command prompt icon, then click on it once and you’ll see options at the bottom of the screen – select “Run as Administrator”.
Special Thanks to Brad over from Sawmill Creek for hosting the file on his personal web space!! He even made the “official” webpage for CBdesigner v1.3.
CBdesigner Home Page and Download Link
Brian, who is an experienced woodturner, released a 7-part video series on making an end-grain cutting board. The first part of the series also includes a nice little tutorial of the program for those who are new to CBdesigner. Special thanks to him for including it. I suggest checking it out along with his other woodworking videos. They’re very informative and well made.