It is SCREAMING for a box or cutting board design ! :o)

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10-31-2014 08:17 PM

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I am a long time admire of the many skilled woodworker on this site, and have copied many of the ideas and designs through the years – thank you !

The other day I came across the attached pattern – it is almost screaming for a box or cutting board design ! I can however not get my head around how to make it without way to much scrap wood. I therefore thought that ít might be a worthy challenge for people of your caliber :o)

Have fun !

Kind regards

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#1 posted 10-31-2014 08:36 PM

I have a very similar pattern hanging on my shop wall to be made into an endgrain cuttingboard.
I just haven’t had the time…yet.

-- Scott Smith, Southern Illinois

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#2 posted 10-31-2014 09:10 PM

Quite the design.
That would require a very good miter gauge and a bit of time. First you have to build two glue upped boards of the reducing strips mirror image of each other. Then start mitering away, change the angle by 6 degrees every cut, and hope it all goes well. Of course then there is the glue up …....

And yes it could produce a bit of waster wood too.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#3 posted 10-31-2014 09:17 PM

I was thinking of the stacked cut technique.

-- Scott Smith, Southern Illinois

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#4 posted 10-31-2014 09:35 PM

To me, that looks like it would be easiest with veneer. Do a bit of geometry to figure out the cut angles, and then trim everything up square at the end.

-- The quality of one's woodworking is directly related to the amount of flannel worn.

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#5 posted 11-01-2014 07:07 PM

Stacked cuts will make the miter cuts more difficult I am afraid

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#6 posted 11-01-2014 10:18 PM

Yes, that would be relatively easy with veneer. It would be a tedious undertaking though.

The square in the middle eliminates the need for perfect points which is the hardest part about that kind of veneer work.

I suspect one could glue up the stripes like Steve suggested only using veneers. Then a cutting guide attached to a pivot point would be placed over the assembly and cuts made with the fence being rotated the appropriate amount with each cut. This would be done to four assemblies then the pieces would get taped together and joined at the corners with 45 degree miters.

Of course if I wanted to sell the item I’d just send it to the laser and eliminate all the jig building and cutting work.

-- See my work at and

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#7 posted 11-01-2014 11:31 PM

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#8 posted 11-02-2014 01:20 PM

Not quite – he is only working with straight cuts. No miters

I have given the “stack cuts” idea another thought – think that it is the solution. You will have to make two boards at the time, but you eliminate the need for perfect miters

Thank you SASmith :o)

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#9 posted 11-02-2014 02:56 PM

I concur with what Steve (Spalm) said.

In addition to keep wood waste to a minimum use the thinnest blade you can get hold of. I generally use one which is 1.7 mm thick whilst most are commonly 3 mm thick.

Also, again to minimise waste, you might like to try this. Before cutting the strips cut your hardwood boards at 45 degress, centrally. Turn the left one around by 180 degrees. Do the same to a scrap piece of timber (same size as hardwood board) and glue the two halves to each of the hardwood halves. Then cut your strips. You obviously need to do this for both hardwood types. This provides enough material for one half of the pattern only and so has to be repeated.

Cut the strips (horizontally relative to the diagram).

Then make up blanks from alternate strips of dark and light.

Then do the angle cuts.

In calculating the size for each rhombus you have to account for the waste of all of the angles cuts as well as the pieces you cut from the alternate striped blank.

The pattern also puts me in mind of this project

Similar but obviously not as complex.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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