Cutting Board Design software (CBdesigner)

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Project by jayman7 posted 11-23-2008 05:40 PM 132503 views 316 times favorited 104 comments Add to Favorites Watch

NEW!! Version 2.0 has now been released!!


Hi guys. After I completed my first cutting board, I wanted to make more using a different design. I wanted an easy way to design one on the computer, so I made a simple program in Visual Basic the other day. I hereby proclaim it as CBdesigner. Not so clever, huh? :) It helps me visualize what small changes in the first glue-up will turn out in the end-grain version, so maybe it will be of use to some of you woodworkers out there as well. I made it pretty self explanatory to use.

It creates a materials list so you know how much you need ahead of time so you can decide if you have enough scraps. It even takes into account the amount of wood lost from the saw blade itself so you can minimize waste. I made it as accurate as could be, but of course there is the possibility of errors so any comments/corrections are more than welcome! The colors I picked may not be the best representation of the woods listed either. Maximum layers is 200 (though the program breaks long before you get there). You can now insert and delete layers in the middle. You can also now drag the layers around by dragging the double-headed arrow. This program works on the assumption of ideal conditions, so please be sure to account for extra wood as you should be doing anyway. :) Feel free to distribute it if you like it. Thanks!!!

1. Download the COMDLG32.ocx file here: Download COMDLG32.OCX file
2. Put it in your C:\Windows\System32 folder (or if that doesn’t work, try the SysWOW64 folder)
3. Go to Start → Accessories → Command Prompt (right click Command Prompt and click “run as administrator” if using Vista or 7)
4. Type “regsvr32 \windows\system32\comdlg32.ocx” (or SysWOW64 respectively) and hit enter, also note the space after “regsvr32”

For Windows 8 Users: (Thanks to Steve for the tip)

64 bit: Place the COMDLG32.ocx file in c:\windows\SysWOW64. Click “Start”, type “Run”, then type “regsvr32 %Systemroot%\SysWOW64\comdlg32.ocx”. Don’t type the quotes.

32 bit: Place the COMDLG32.ocx file in c:\windows\System32. Click “Start”, type “Run”, then type ” “regsvr32 %Systemroot%\System32\comdlg32.ocx”.
For both versions of Windows 8, you need to be logged in as administrator in the command prompt to make it work. To log in as administrator, push the Windows key, type cmd and you’ll see the command prompt icon, then click on it once and you’ll see options at the bottom of the screen – select “Run as Administrator”.

Special Thanks to Brad over from Sawmill Creek for hosting the file on his personal web space!! He even made the “official” webpage for CBdesigner v1.3.
CBdesigner Home Page and Download Link

Brian, who is an experienced woodturner, released a 7-part video series on making an end-grain cutting board. The first part of the series also includes a nice little tutorial of the program for those who are new to CBdesigner. Special thanks to him for including it. I suggest checking it out along with his other woodworking videos. They’re very informative and well made.
Video Tutorial

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#1 posted 11-23-2008 05:52 PM




-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#2 posted 11-23-2008 07:13 PM

Thats kind a cool… Don’t know if I’ll ever use it but thanks.

-- Brian, Ontario Canada,

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#3 posted 11-23-2008 07:32 PM

Thanks for posting. I will use it on my next cutting board.

-- "A goal without a plan is a wish."

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#4 posted 11-23-2008 08:37 PM

Very cool! Thanks for posting.

-- If you don’t have time to do it right, when will you have time to do it over?

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#5 posted 11-23-2008 09:15 PM

That looks great!!

I will try it tomorrow. I have some boards to do.
Thanks for sharing.

-- Bob K. East Northport, NY

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#6 posted 11-23-2008 10:41 PM

Thanks for posting, this will be a big help.

-- Gary D.

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#7 posted 11-24-2008 12:23 AM


That is a fantastic help to all of us not smart enought to figure it out otherwise. Thanks for posting. I know I will get a lot of use from this.

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#8 posted 11-24-2008 12:59 AM

Getting ready to build my first cutting boards as Christmas presents. This will sure come in handy. Thanks for the timely post!!

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#9 posted 11-24-2008 02:37 AM

Jayman, Is there anyway to save? I would like to save different configurations so I can compare and choose the one I loke best.


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#10 posted 11-24-2008 02:39 AM

Thank You… Very good of you to share

-- Jeremy, North Dakota

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#11 posted 11-24-2008 03:09 AM

Thanks for all the compliments! I’m surprised and glad to see many of you are finding it useful. If there is enough interest and suggestions, I might incorporate them into a later version of the program (such as saving; that’s a good idea!).

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#12 posted 11-24-2008 03:38 AM

Thanks for the effort. I am sure that will help out in the future.

-- -- Rob Hix, King George, VA

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#13 posted 11-24-2008 05:05 AM

very cool, thanks!

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#14 posted 11-24-2008 02:26 PM

It’s blocked here at work, but I plan to try it at home tonight. TIA

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#15 posted 11-24-2008 03:51 PM

First.. I tried the program this morning and it very easy to use and does a wonderful job. For me simple is better. With in only a few minutes it gives you a chance to see before hand what the board will look like. I really like this program.
Thanks for taking the time to not only make this but share it with us. Keep more programs like this coming.

Now, If I could be so bold as to ask for in a future update a way to save, print, and more choices of wood.

-- Bob K. East Northport, NY

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