I remember seeing this thread a while ago - and just cant find it on google.
My wife saw this cutting board on ebay :
Any idea how he does this?
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Place the light colored board over the darker(walnut)or other way(doesn't
matter) with double sided tape, secure and cut whatever pattern with
bandsaw. Glue the darker where the lighter was cut out. Not really that
difficult if you think about it.
That is true for the pieces which go all the way across the board, however
if you need an inlay which is surrounded completely by wood then you need a
However, there is a trick that will help.
Tilt the table so that the outside of the cut on the bottom is directly
under the inside cut of the top piece. Then the cut out from the bottom will
fit exactly into the hole in the piece in the top with no gap.
You mean the tight, lamination of random patterns? Just cut both boards at
the same time. Someone suggested a bandsaw. Would that give a nice enough
edge to join? If not, just rough cut the pattern on the band saw, clamp the
boards so the widest gap is, say, 7/16", then run a 1/2 router bit down the
gap. As long as you keep the bit contacting both boards, you end up with
perfectly matched edges.
Badly ? That thing's just ugly.
You have to make these things in pairs, and you'll need a saw
(scrollsaw or bandsaw) that can cut a pretty narrow kerf (easier with
a narrow blade like a scroll saw).
Mark the most interestingly figured board with a pencil for your cut
lines. These might follow some figure etc., or just be a pleasing
shape. But do it in pencil first, not with the saw, or you'll make an
ugly like this.
Then you lay the two boards on top of each other and stick them
together with a strip of DS tape at each end. Don't rely on clamps,
glue them right across (some people use a wide bead of hot melt across
the end grain).
Now "rip" them into strips. Follow your pencil lines. Lightly sand the
eges, just enough to take the saw marks out.
Swap alternate strips around, glue and clamp up.
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