sinister type cutting board tutorial #1: THANK YOU SINISTER , WHAT NICE BOARDS !

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Blog entry by patron posted 04-11-2010 02:36 AM 23810 reads 76 times favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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i saw sinister’s cutting board last night ,
and saw so many wondering how it was done ,
i happened to have a bunch of exotic strips for something else ,
and decided to do a board like his .

to save him the trouble of drawing a tutorial for everyone about the build ,
i took pictures of all the steps .
i have sent him a PM asking his permission to post this ,
while i await his response , i will be downloading into photobucket .
later ,
no word from sinister yet , so i will move on ,
in sinister’s boards , it is a square wrapped in an alternate color ,
and wrapped in the original color as strips ,
the accent lines get wider or narrower depending on whether it is 1 or 2 border wraps coming together .
something i didn’t do here .

so here is how that is made .
i started with some strips of exotics , and laid then out for color and width .
then glued them up , skipping any joint into the next glue up ,
this way i could do all at once .

after running them through the sander ( or planer ) to make them clean and parallel ,
i glued 2 strips together , making a square ( more or less ) .

then i made them square ,
this is done by cleaning two adjacent edjes to 90 deg. ,
and marking all 4 faces with an x or what ever .
and sanding , or planing or table sawing .
you do one face and one edge , then change to smaller ,
and do the other two . the x keeps you from doing the same one again .
now for the fun part , make a corner notch that is clean in the corner .
it can be square or rectangular , it makes no difference ,
i did square .

now just cross cut them to what ever thickness you want .

here are the parts laid out ,
so you can see the lay up .
if you want an even pattern with a square cut corner ,
you can mark the faces , if you turn one over ,
the colors wont come together right .
with a rectangular cut-out corner ,
the parts only fit in one way .

here is the finished board .

. sinister , i thank you for your work ,
and the thought you had for your friend .
i am sure he will cherish this gift !

-- 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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#1 posted 04-11-2010 02:51 AM

Thanks for clearing up the cutting board questions. Thanks to sinister for posting the project. ;)

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop, http://[email protected]

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#2 posted 04-11-2010 02:52 AM

Sinister certainly has sparked the fire in some of us.
I see the pattern can be changed up for variety,
this looks great too.
Excellent blog David,
and thanks to Sinister for the inspiration : )

-- Imagination rules the world. ~ Napoleon Bonaparte ~

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#3 posted 04-11-2010 03:04 AM

When you look at the sinister pattern and realize the different combos of glue ups as David has shown in his variation the possibilities are endless really. I have a feeling this is going to get fun for a little bit.

From The Matrix (1999)
Spoon boy: Do not try and bend the spoon. That’s impossible. Instead… only try to realize the truth.
Neo: What truth?
Spoon boy: There is no spoon.
Neo: There is no spoon?
Spoon boy: Then you’ll see, that it is not the spoon that bends, it is only yourself.

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

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#4 posted 04-11-2010 03:12 AM

Thanks for the Blog. I’ve been working on a series of diagrams but actual pictures are of the process are more helpful.

-- Patrick, Iowa City

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#5 posted 04-11-2010 03:18 AM

thank you , Patric .

i realy like yours better ,
but this is what was handy for me to work with .
i hope it will save you some time from posting some drawings ?
yours are beautiful !

the credit is all yours ,

well done .

-- 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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#6 posted 04-11-2010 03:40 AM

David, Sinister A great tutorial. Beautiful board and design.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#7 posted 04-11-2010 04:29 AM

Nice work, you would make Escher proud! I’d like to build one of those!

-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

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#8 posted 04-11-2010 07:04 AM

this is wife just asked me today to make a board for a wedding gift for some youngster’s..this will inspire me to do something along these lines…thanks david and sinister…love the pictures david , you did well..

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#9 posted 04-11-2010 07:28 AM

You da man David great blog. Now can you do one on how to make a mahogany Rolls Royce
super design sinster

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#10 posted 04-11-2010 08:18 AM

Thank you David for the tutorial. Thank you Sinister for the inspiration.

-- When you know better you do better.

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#11 posted 04-11-2010 08:33 AM

Super show and tell David….....I’m gettin’ better, my friend….....only took 2 reads this time to get the light to come on!!!

Great boards Sinister!!!!

-- Doug, New Mexico.......the only stupid question is one that is never asked!........don't fix it, if it ain't broke!

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#12 posted 04-11-2010 12:26 PM

Thank you David.
I was wondering about the methodology.
Thank you Sinister for your design.

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

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#13 posted 04-11-2010 02:10 PM

Fantastic post , David ! The photos are such a great help for a “monkey see, monkey do ” type of guy like myself : ) LOL
I have to wonder how much people would pay for something as nice as this and also Sinisters’ boards. What type of finish would you choose , David? I ask this because I can’t see anybody actually cutting on something this nice.

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

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#14 posted 04-11-2010 02:18 PM

dusty ,
i hear mineral oil is good ,
it’s also a laxative .

i don’t have any ,
so i’ve been thinking of making my own ,
ex-lax and mineral spirits (LOL) !

-- 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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#15 posted 04-11-2010 02:32 PM

Hahahahaa,,,good answer , my friend ! I use Mineral Oil on all of my boards , but I was thinking of a more durable finish to highlight all of the beauty in these…..some people won’t even cut on my simpler flat grained boards and just use them as decorations in their kitchens. Have a great day , David : )

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

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