Alien Cutting Boards and Picture Frame

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Project by Jim Jakosh posted 04-26-2013 07:36 PM 2623 views 0 times favorited 30 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a little experimentation into the “other world”. Actually I was given these pieces of Corain when I went to Illinois last week. There were two 6” round green cut out pieces that I’d thought I never use and a few large ones.
The green was just the right shade for an alien so this idea was hatched. The aliens are inserted, not just inlaid. They are the same on the front and back as are the eyes. I bought this inlay kit with the bushings and the 1/8” router bit and have never used it. This was a test. I made the inner and outer pattern in the corian about 3/16” deep. Then I cut it out leaving just a little material away from the pattern line. I used a straight router bit with a bearing to ride the pattern lines and routed the pieces to size just like they would be with the inlay for veneer. They dropped right in. The eyes are black corian and had to be hand fitted because they were too small to make with the inlay kit. They have a matte finish sanded with 400 grit. I was going to buff them up to a high polish but counters like that are high maintenance so I left them matte. You can easily sand out the cutting marks.

The other item is a picture frame made from some scrap pistachio wood. That wood is so pretty I cannot throw any usable piece in the burn barrel. Some of the voids and worm holes are filled with epoxy and ground turquoise dust. I made a pulverizer yesterday to smash the little pieces of turquoise I found this winter in AZ. There is turquoises, malachite and little azurite mixed in that dust.
The end shot shows how I textured the edge with a brass wire wheel. It makes it the same look from the sap wood to the dark broken wood on the top. The plastic inset just pushes right into a round blind hole in the face. It comes apart to insert the photo.

It is finished with several coats of clear matte spray.


-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#1 posted 04-26-2013 08:16 PM

Those are cool! I played with a bit of corian once, it was kind of fun. I’ve never gotten anymore and would like to.

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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#2 posted 04-26-2013 08:29 PM

Very nice work Jim. These guys look just like the ones that kidnapped me. They tried to read my mind and found only sawdust. Boy was that a relief!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#3 posted 04-26-2013 09:23 PM

Big Alien fan, these are great.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#4 posted 04-26-2013 09:30 PM

Looks like you did a fine job on making your cuts! I really like the alien boards.

-- Dick

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#5 posted 04-27-2013 12:00 AM

Ahhh, an X-File…

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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#6 posted 04-27-2013 01:34 AM

Neat Boards!! They are way out there ;)

Thanks for sharing

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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#7 posted 04-27-2013 02:46 AM

These are the guys that are coming to pick mu up one of these days!!

I just found out that the green corian is translucent which makes it eerie!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#8 posted 04-27-2013 03:15 AM

Nicely done—it’s nice to know those inlay kits really work.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#9 posted 04-27-2013 03:29 AM

Man those would get snatched up quick here on Roswell, NM

-- Michael,

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#10 posted 04-27-2013 06:11 AM

Far OUT!


Thank you

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#11 posted 04-27-2013 06:50 AM

Nice use of CORIAN Jim, love the aliens, you have fitted them perfectly. Like the photo frame also. Great work all round. The one on the black has the look.

-- RIP Bob C, Australia. Your best teacher is your last mistake.

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#12 posted 04-27-2013 11:26 AM

Cool job Jim

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#13 posted 04-27-2013 11:51 AM

Pretty cool. Unfortunately Corian and other solid surface materials are not good for use as a cutting board….they dull your knives quickly.
They are better suited for trivet for cold dishes…not hot. *Heat is the enemy of Corian and other solid surface.

  • I was a solid surface fabricator for years, so take my word on it. :)

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#14 posted 04-27-2013 12:57 PM

Thanks guys. They were fun to make and to get to use the inlay kit!

Hi John The inlay kit is fine for doing a part where you hold the pressure always to the outside like I did here. But I have tried it on some different shapes where you go in and out and with the weight of the router, I could not feel that bushing running along the edge so precisely and went a little too far in on some of the edges and that leaves an ugly gap. Maybe a light weight router would work better for that.

Hi Zboom….......Great idea….....I’ll put them on Craigslist for New Mexico!!

Hi Scott. I figured that but you do see a ton of corian cutting boards at craft shows. These, like many of the other very intricate cutting boards you see on here, will probably never have a knife taken to them. They are kept to look great in the kitchen. I have a question: What wold a person use to polish a corian surface to a high gloss? Tripoli and buffer??

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#15 posted 04-27-2013 01:55 PM


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