How to make a Wild 'n' Crazy two-tone board

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Blog entry by Mary Anne posted 09-27-2010 10:09 PM 24410 reads 115 times favorited 33 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Sometimes the finished project looks harder to make than it really is.

By request, here is a quick tutorial on making a two-tone pattern board.
All you need is a bandsaw… or maybe a scroll saw.

Start with two boards of contrasting woods squared and surfaced on all sides.

Use double-sided tape to align and stack them. (carpet tape works great)


Cut random curvy lines through both pieces on the bandsaw. This was my first test of the Carter Stabilizer – works great by the way – but I’m sure it could be done with any thin blade. The key is to be sure your saw table is flat and the blade is set to a perfect 90º. I’m looking forward to seeing if anyone (Sheila) attempts this with a scroll saw.

Your stack should look something like this.


Separate the pieces and put them back together again, alternating the woods. You may need to do a light sanding on the joints to get a perfect fit for your glue up. Glue and clamp them together.

Missing photo here, but once the glue is dry, stack and tape them together again, and do another round of curvy cuts. This time from the short side. Take them apart and alternate the pieces again and you’ll end up with two cool boards that look like this.

Clean them up, put on a finish and turn it into your next fun and useful project to share with your friends… freckle-footed and otherwise. :)


There is no reason to stop with two woods. Try it with 3 or 4 or more layers and make several different multi-colored Wild ‘n’ Crazy boards at a time.

My blog for creating the cheese slicer is here .

SPalm’s original cheese slicer project posting and instructions are here .
Check it out!

And have fun!!

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#1 posted 09-27-2010 10:20 PM

Thanks, Mary Anne, I was hoping you would post this.
It looks easy in your hands!

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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#2 posted 09-27-2010 10:25 PM

Thanks Mary Anne for the tutorial. I was wondering the best way to do these.

-- - Eric Noblesville, IN

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#3 posted 09-27-2010 10:36 PM

That’s a good tutorial, Mary Anne; I learn new things on LJ everyday. Thanks

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#4 posted 09-27-2010 10:42 PM

I haven’t made a cutting board, but I did use this method on the scroll saw to make some necklaces.
In this project I used this method a couple of differet times to create a really “wild n’ crazy” look. I love that the end result looks so much more complicated then it really is.
Great Blog!

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#5 posted 09-27-2010 11:03 PM

Good post Mary Anne. I’m going to have to give this a go.

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

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Mary Anne

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#6 posted 09-27-2010 11:06 PM

Thanks, everyone! It really isn’t a very difficult technique.

And thanks, MrsN, you reminded me that I meant write that you could use several layers of different woods to mix and match into different designs. I’ve added it to the tutorial.

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#7 posted 09-28-2010 12:19 AM

This looks GREAT! Thank you so much for posting it, Mary Anne! I think I can have some fun with this. The only thing that I can see that limits it on the scroll saw is the thickness and hardness of the wood. However, with the proper blade, I am sure I can manage this.

What type of glue do you use with this? I love using Mineral Oil finish and I saw you used that in your other board. However, which glue is best that will hold up to the cleaning of the boards as well as the oil finish?

Thanks again and I am looking forward to your answers.

Sheila :)

-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#8 posted 09-28-2010 12:36 AM

Really good tutorial.
And a really cheasy board, I get sea sick.
Best thoughts from the semi French chese lover,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect.

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#9 posted 09-28-2010 01:02 AM

Mary Anne, thanks for revealing your “patented secret” . I can see that this would be a lot of fun and has almost endless possibilities. I may have to try this when I make my next board.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#10 posted 09-28-2010 01:15 AM

Thanks Marry Anne for the great tutorial.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#11 posted 09-28-2010 03:33 AM

Very clear and concise !
Not sure how crazy I will get,
but love this idea !


-- Imagination rules the world. ~ Napoleon Bonaparte ~

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#12 posted 09-28-2010 03:37 AM

That looks nice.

-- Ohh mann...pancakes and boobies...I'll bet that's what Heaven is like! ♣ ♣ ♣ ♣

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Mary Anne

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#13 posted 09-28-2010 04:42 AM

How thick of a board can you cut on your scroll saw? I can see no reason why you couldn’t do this with wood slightly thicker than veneer and glue it up on a solid piece.

I use TiteBond III on all of my boards for its resistance to moisture.
As far as cleaning, wash with soap and water. No soaking and no dishwasher; the glue might hold up, but the wood won’t.

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Mary Anne

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#14 posted 09-28-2010 04:44 AM

You could share some of those wonderful French cheeses with us! :)
I’ll do the slicing.

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#15 posted 09-28-2010 06:33 AM

Nice post thank’s for showing us


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