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Project by SPalm posted 07-26-2010 03:23 AM 3674 views 23 times favorited 26 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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A 6 pointed star cutting board made with maple, cherry, and walnut. I used the same techniques that I used on my Mobius board. I only cut the interior part to size, left all the other parts too long, and then trimmed them after glue up(s). I found this to be easier on me (no measuring!) and a nice way to get tight joints without a stressful glue-up.

The design has a 3 to 1 size ratio. The maple is three times the width of the cherry/walnut. I used a cherry/walnut combo of 3/4 inch, which yields a board size of 10 1/2 inches (14 times 3/4). Point to point it is about 12 inches. And as I had done before, I split it into assemblies. I have included a sketchup drawing to try to illustrate this.

First I glued up some cherry with walnut edging. There are four sticks here with wax paper in between.

After cleaning up the glue-up, I used the width of three of them to rip the maple to size.

I cut the parallelograms with the miter gauge at 30 degrees, and using a stop block so that the width equals the height (which equals 3 banded sticks). I only needed three, and they are used for the center hexagon.

I then cut the banded sticks and the maple slightly oversized. I glued up six of these subassemblies.

I then went back to the miter gauge and trimmed the left side of these assemblies by creeping up on the cut, until I just formed the triangle.

This is what the dry fit looks like. I then added glue.

When dry, I trimmed the board close to the pencil line on the bandsaw. Then I made a fence slider to hold the completed board in order the trim the outside edges. I just used some scraps and glued them together. An angle piece at the top, glued to an MDF strip, with another spacer at the bottom. This allowed me to contact only the surfaces that were true.

Then snuck up on the rip, and just shaved the outside.

Sanded smooth and oiled. Ta Da.

Edit: If anyone tries to build something like this, with the maple center like that, I would recommend using white glue for just the center part. TightBond III is really dark when it dries, and it might leave a line.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#1 posted 07-26-2010 04:06 AM

i like it. great job. the series of pictures explaining the how to do were great also. thanks for posting.

-- jerryw-wva.

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#2 posted 07-26-2010 05:17 AM

A great design. Nice tour of your build.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#3 posted 07-26-2010 05:33 AM

Another cool design. I really like the explanation in your description on how you made this. I can appreciate this more when I see how much work goes into this. Good job.

-- I'm a Fungi --

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#4 posted 07-26-2010 10:18 AM

Hey Steve, I’m back…. looks good mate..

-- Drink twice... and don't bother to cut... @ For lovers of all things timber...

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#5 posted 07-26-2010 11:07 AM

Thanks for posting this working proces.This is priceless free lesson.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#6 posted 07-26-2010 12:43 PM

Looks great,
Detailed pictures and explanation of the process is top notch!

Thanks for sharing

-- Safety first because someone needs you.

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#7 posted 07-26-2010 12:48 PM

Thanks Steve very inventive & thanks for taking the time to photo the process best way for us all to learn

-- God created wood that we may create. Trevor East Yorkshire UK

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#8 posted 07-26-2010 12:57 PM

I have no idea how you keep coming up with these patterns! Very cool to see the full process and yet again..another beutiful board (or art piece for the wall). Thanks for sharing.

-- Jeff , Illinois Please...can I stay in the basement a little longer, please!

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Joe Weaver

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#9 posted 07-26-2010 01:31 PM

very sharp looking

-- Joe, Ga

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#10 posted 07-26-2010 02:13 PM

Another novel board and, once again, thanks for posting the “how to”!

-- 4thumbs in MO

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#11 posted 07-26-2010 02:20 PM

Your work and instructions are so great. I sincerely appreciate you willingness to share both.

-- ShopDogs, Tulsa, OK The tools aren't the problem-It's the organic interface!

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#12 posted 07-26-2010 02:43 PM

Sweet! Awesome stuff Steve… You rock bud….

Also thanks for sharing how you did it. Very cool…

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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Mary Anne

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#13 posted 07-26-2010 02:59 PM

Love it!! You even threw in a tumbling block in the center for good measure.

You are on a roll! I can’t keep up; need more wood and considerably less sleep to even comfortably lag behind.

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#14 posted 07-26-2010 03:08 PM

great work , steve .

you keep jumping ahead ,

way to go !

thanks for the instructions .

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#15 posted 07-26-2010 03:25 PM

Thanks everyone. I really appreciate the responses.

I designed and built this for some very dear friends who have us, along with many others, over to their home on the last Friday of each month for dinner. If I find the guts to give it to them, I hope it goes over well.

LJs Rocks,

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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