Drunken Cutting Boards #2: Smooth Flowing Drunken Checker board

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Blog entry by Porosky posted 09-21-2009 03:49 AM 27933 reads 171 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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So having read part #1 I’ll complete the second variation of the Drunken checker board pattern. The process is basically the same except for one critical part and is as follows.

Start again by taping two blanks together. This time In stead of making opposing S cuts I’ll follow the S pattern with each cut. (I get a little sloppy, but it works out OK). Follow the Part #1 procedure.

CRITICAL PART! This step creates the difference between the pattern in part one and this pattern.
This time when we put the boards back together for the second cut we will again alternate the color but this time match up the curve pattern This will make our checker board lines match up and create a smooth wave flow in the board.

I’ll make my next Set of matching S cuts and continue the process from Part #1 until completion.

Just thought I’d complete this blog. Didn’t want to leave it unfinished. All in all I like this style as much as the Drunken Alice in Wonderland. It’s smooth flowing and not as distracting still an eye catcher. Thanks

-- There's many a slip betwixt a cup and a lip.--Scott

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#2 posted 09-21-2009 04:10 AM

GREAT info Scott!!!

-- KAZman, Hot Springs Village, Arkansas

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#3 posted 09-21-2009 04:14 AM

great show ,
you got it to everyone
in a clear and concise way .

you may have that beer now !

thanks .

-- 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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#4 posted 09-21-2009 04:39 AM

Excellent job Scott, great results. The boards are great and I think I like the part #2 boards the best aslo but they all rock!

-- --It's not how long you live, but how you live that makes it a life.--

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#5 posted 09-21-2009 05:13 AM

Realy nice, gee after looking at them for awhile I feel drunk.

-- Tom D

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#6 posted 09-21-2009 11:42 AM

Three beers from the chairman.. well done Scott.

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#7 posted 09-21-2009 05:02 PM

X- mas is coming and cutting boards are a on demand

-- I get out in the shop when I can

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#8 posted 09-22-2009 02:39 PM

Great job Scottie… make it look too easy : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#9 posted 05-19-2010 10:46 PM

Many thanks for the blog. I’ll be trying this on a box sometime.


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

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#10 posted 01-10-2012 07:44 AM

I tried to make one of these & the first set of glue ups went fine but then the set kept breaking at either the glue joint or splitting the squares, I have determined that I must have to much curve or need to shave the splines down under 1/8”. But I am trying to dampen the strips & prebend them in a jig I made. Let you know how that worked tomorrow

-- Good, Better, Best--Never let it rest---Always make your Good be Better & your Better Best

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#11 posted 07-13-2012 11:28 PM

Man that’s cool!

-- So many tools, so little money. *heavy sigh*

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#12 posted 12-02-2012 03:53 AM

Building the Smooth Flowing Cutting Board worked great for me. I made them a bit smaller to be more like cheese boards. Perfect for small Christmas gifts. Thanks for taking the time to do this post, great job and great pictures!!

Charlotte, NC

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#13 posted 11-17-2013 09:35 PM

Nicely done!

-- Mama calls me Texcaster but my real name is Mr. Earl.

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#14 posted 11-18-2013 04:35 AM

Very cool.

Do you use the cherry trips for aesthetics or does it help in the glue up?

Also, have you tried a butcher block / end grain version of this?



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#15 posted 11-18-2013 03:29 PM

The cherry is mostly for asethetics. Make sure you don’t cut them to thick or pulling them together when clamping will be difficult.

Also – I think you could do an end grain version, no issues that jumps out at me.

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