Pac-Man end grain cutting board, 897 pieces..

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Project by omextreme posted 12-28-2011 07:51 AM 3038 views 18 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch
Pac-Man end grain cutting board, 897 pieces..
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I saw this on etsy and had to make a copy for some friends who enjoy video games. I am not sure who originally designed the board but it was fun working out a copy. Each square is just shy of 1/2×1/2 and 1.5 tall. 23 squares in height and 39 squares long = 897 pieces.

Fun fact this works out to over 90 LF of cut sticks.

Here is the kicker, due to time constraints mace this in 1 glue up using tightbond II

The glue up went perfect ending up with only 1 small gap but that was due to a piece of walnut with a slight taper.

Constructed from walnut, yellow heart, rock maple and rosewood.

Not my style but it was well received


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#1 posted 12-28-2011 08:08 AM

Wow that’s a lot of pieces. A very cool design.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#2 posted 12-28-2011 08:11 AM

That is some fast working to do in a single glue up, how did you do it? Also an amazing looking job.

-- --Rev. Russ in NY-- A posse ad esse

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#3 posted 12-28-2011 10:45 AM

That is too funy I use to have a real Ms Pacman game in our house. Great board and design. Looks great!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#4 posted 12-28-2011 12:36 PM

The utmost in geekenalia!

-- Thomas - Pondering the inclusion of woodworking into physics and chemistry classes...

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#5 posted 12-28-2011 03:12 PM

Too funny.
And I agree, quite the glue up.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#6 posted 12-28-2011 08:25 PM

Hello omextreme

An original idea for the best game in the world

And congratulations for the numbers of pieces : a record ?

-- Diggerjack-France ---The only limit is the limit of the mind and the mind has no limit

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#7 posted 12-29-2011 01:34 AM

I like that a lot. I’m sure that would appeal to a lot of folks.

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#8 posted 12-29-2011 04:39 AM

I like that a lot. I’ve been planning on doing an end grain board with the Hyrule Crest from Zelda sometime soon for myself. Curious how you did so many pieces in a single glue up?

-- - Eric Noblesville, IN

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#9 posted 12-30-2011 08:53 AM

to get the pieces glued up I filed a bowl with glue and coated my hands then grabbed up 15 or so pieces of each color and rolled them around until they were coated. I would wet 30 or so pieces of each color at a time and build from the pre coated piles. A huge mess and went through almost 4 cups of glue.

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#10 posted 04-07-2013 08:27 AM

This is awesome. I made the Wood whisperer cutting board and now my in laws would love me to make them a space invaders design which I guess would use the same principle as PAC man ie loads of individual squares lined up then glued. Some questions I can’t seem to work out…

1. When you cut over a hundred squares how can you be sure they are all perfectly the same size? Maybe I am missing a trick but my thought was to cut 0.5” strips then cut across the strips at 0.5” increments so as to have 0.5×0.5” squares. This is laborious but also means when I cut across the strips there is the risk of minute alignment issues ie not cutting perfect 90 degree to original strip?

2. Love the idea of glue in a bowl and laying out but what do you lay it on to prevent the under sides from sticking to the surface you lay all the pieces on? Again I am probably missing a simple trick so would love some tips?

Love this site, great to find so many like minded folks :-)



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#11 posted 04-07-2013 09:43 AM

I like it.

-- Todd

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#12 posted 04-07-2013 04:29 PM

to make the strips i planed the wood to slightly more then .5”, then i ripped strips off of the boards at slightly more then .5” wide. The strips were then run through a drum sander on 2 sides to insure perfect .5x.5. I then cut them 1.25” long on a cross cut sled.

as far as the glue up. I have a cutting board jig, basically 3/4 ply with 2 sides having 2”x”2 edges, cover the whole thing in packing tape and clamp against the fixed sides. This will result in a slightly bowed board but a few passes through the sander flattens it right out.

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