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Project by Dan658 posted 01-27-2015 06:55 PM 3363 views 12 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My brother’s birthday was coming up and since he loves cooking and we grew up playing Super Mario Bros on Nintendo, I figured an 8 bit Super Mario board seemed fitting. It’s made of 250(ish) 3/4” squares consisting of maple, walnut, cherry and bloodwood. The final dimensions are 14”x20” and 2” thick. I planned on taking more pictures throughout the process, but I was quickly running out of time and got pretty wrapped up in the project. Here is what I do have….

I purchased rough cut lumber, so the first task was to surface everything to 3/4”x3/4” lengths. Unfortunately, my jointer is still sitting in pieces, so I made a router sled to surface one side and finished the other through my planer. Here’s a video link to a router sled mishap while surfacing the cherry. http://youtu.be/a5vjpPbJ0VI Needless to say, I was MUCH more careful when surfacing the board once it was completed.

Once all the strips were cut, the next step was to cut them into 2-1/8” lengths followed by a light sanding to remove any edges or splinters.

Good times!

I wanted to do a mock up to see how it was looking and to see if I might run into any issues, which I did. I somehow severely underestimated the amount of maple I actually needed. I don’t know how, but I was way off. this made things more complicated because I now had to get the new maple blocks EXACTLY the same size as the originals. Any variation in size will be noticeable when working with this many pieces. Lesson learned…

The glue up was what really concerned me. Since there really is no common pattern in this board, the only way I could think of doing the glue up was by doing little bits at a time. A few of the kind folks here at Lumber Jocks were kind enough to confirm that I was SOL and gave me a few options as to what I could do. I ultimately had to construct the board in three separate pieces which were two sides and a middle. The sides could be constructed in a more traditional fashion since they were all maple, but the middle had to be made three rows at a time due to the glue open time. After I completed the rows of three, I glued all of those together to get Mario and glued the sides to that. There was a tiny bit of trimming and sanding to get there, but I got there.

This is a clamping jig I quickly made up to do the rows of three.

The last step was to surface using the router sled again, do some trimming and sanding, round over the edges and added some feet. Completion was so close to the deadline that I delivered the board to him at his birthday dinner still wet with mineral oil. He took the completed image at the top and would have used mushrooms in the image instead of peppers, but he hates mushrooms and they never enter his house.





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#1 posted 01-27-2015 07:01 PM

This is great on so many levels. Maybe it’s the nostalgia glasses but this has got to be one of the coolest projects I’ve seen!

-- - Billy

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#2 posted 01-27-2015 07:09 PM


This is great on so many levels. Maybe it s the nostalgia glasses but this has got to be one of the coolest projects I ve seen!

- NinjaAssassin

Thanks Billy. I’m sure the nostalgia glasses play a big part. It was a giant pain to complete, but it was worth it in the end. I just don’t think I’ll ever do another like it.

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#3 posted 01-27-2015 07:14 PM

Awesome 8 bit project. I planned to do this some time ago and I never figuerd how good will turn that. The results are impressive. Congrats!

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#4 posted 01-27-2015 07:27 PM


Awesome 8 bit project. I planned to do this some time ago and I never figuerd how good will turn that. The results are impressive. Congrats!

- ww_bcn

Thank you very much. I thoroughly enjoy your videos, by the way. I always look forward to new projects from you.

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#5 posted 01-27-2015 08:05 PM


Awesome 8 bit project. I planned to do this some time ago and I never figuerd how good will turn that. The results are impressive. Congrats!

- ww_bcn

Thank you very much. I thoroughly enjoy your videos, by the way. I always look forward to new projects from you.

- Dan658

Thanks Dan658. I appreciate your support, it’s so rewarding. I encourage you to share more projects! Thumbs up!

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#6 posted 01-27-2015 10:57 PM

Cool!When princes come?

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#7 posted 01-28-2015 04:07 AM

Looks awesome but looks like to much of a headache with the glue up.

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#8 posted 01-28-2015 04:26 AM

This is amazing, I grew up with NES and super mario. Love it!

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#9 posted 01-28-2015 04:55 AM

Since you made this seem so easy, I’ll pm you my address and birth date and will be expecting mine then. Don’t worry I’ll send you pics.

Awesome work, love it. This and a mystery block are on my list.

-- Rob - Indianapolis IN - Learning... one mistake at a time...

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#10 posted 01-28-2015 06:38 AM


Looks awesome but looks like to much of a headache with the glue up.

- Gixxerjoe04

It was a headache for sure.


Since you made this seem so easy, I ll pm you my address and birth date and will be expecting mine then. Don t worry I ll send you pics.

Awesome work, love it. This and a mystery block are on my list.

- RPhillips

I’m officially retired (after one board) from 8 bit cutting boards! At least for now.

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#11 posted 01-28-2015 11:57 AM

That. Is. Awesome!

-- christopheralan

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#12 posted 01-28-2015 12:49 PM

Beautiful board. You realy put some large effort into this project.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#13 posted 01-28-2015 01:51 PM

This is really cool. Definitely something that would be interesting to attempt

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#14 posted 01-28-2015 07:33 PM

Absolutely awesome! I love this!
I also did a ””Super Mario inspired board a while back. This inspires me to try Mario myself…and maybe Koopa Troopa!!

-- Dennie - Tennessee

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#15 posted 01-28-2015 07:57 PM


Absolutely awesome! I love this!
I also did a ””Super Mario inspired board a while back. This inspires me to try Mario myself…and maybe Koopa Troopa!!

- hotncold

I’ve seen your board and it’s very cool! Making the board was very tedious and time consuming, but rewarding in the end. A Koopa Troopa would be cool to. I wonder which hardwood would be green?

This was my first time working with bloodwood and I should mention that if anyone does a Mario board using it, make sure all your blades are sharp. It’s very dense and can splinter. I enjoyed using it though.

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