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My favorite projects are the ones that I think about, set aside for a while, and come back to them.  This was my first project that wasn't  just a plain old striped cutting board or end grain.  This is what began my experimentation with wood.

What you need:

Wood for your "bricks"
Wood for the  "mortar"
Waterproof/Food safe glue
Table saw and Cross-cut sled
Band saw
Spindle Sander (not necessary, but I used one in this project)
Planer
Random Orbit Sander
Time and Patience
Imagination

Please use all appropriate PPE when working with wood.  
 
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Step 1: Your bricks

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I chose maple for my  "bricks" for no other reason except we had a ton of maple.  I cut five 2" wide strips that were about 16" long.  Set these aside while you cut the wood for your "mortar"

Step 2: Cut your Mortar

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Using the thin rip jig my husband made, I cut 1/4" strips of cherry as my contrasting mortar pieces.  I cut about 14, which was way too many, but they got used it other projects eventually.

Step 3: Pieces

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Here are the two woods together.  A subtle contrast.  

Step 4: Line 'Em Up

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Arrange your woods before applying glue.  I like to lay them out like this.  It make the glue application much easier.  

Step 5: Apply Your Glue

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I'm not endorsing the titebond brand.  This is my personal preference as far as waterproof and foodsafe wood glues go.  There are other options out there, find one that suits you best.

Apply a generous amount of glue to all your wood strips and spread.  I like to use a silicone brush.  They work great, they're cheap, reusable, and easy to clean (wash them out with water or wait for the glue to dry and just pull it off). 

Remember, it is better to use too much glue than too little.  You really only get one chance to glue.

Step 6: Arrange The Wood In The Clamps

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After you apply the glue, arrange the "mortar" strips in between the "brick" strips and clamp.

Step 7: Remove From Clamps...

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The glue should be set up in a half hour.  Remove from clamps and send through the planer.

Step 8: Even up your ends

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Using a cross cut sled, even up your ends.
toyia made it!4 months ago

I used white oak for the bricks and bubinga wood for the mortar. For the finish I used a mix of mineral oil and bees wax. It turned out really beautiful. I think i am going to make another.

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abeimers7 months ago
Do u think you can have your husband make a instructable on that thin cut jig he made
pseaton10 months ago
This is an awesome idea! I love your instructions, and your variation on the cutting board project. Nice!
Charimander11 months ago
super duper pretty! amazing tutorial as well :D
Kasieanne (author)  Charimander11 months ago
THank you!
Wo0kiE11 months ago
Very detailed instructions and a beautiful finished product.
I would love to see this in black walnut and purple heart cedar!!
Kasieanne (author)  Wo0kiE11 months ago
I made one in walnut and purpleheart (not cedar)! It came out pretty nice, but the colors were both dark so, it was hard to see the lines.
oktex11 months ago
Great instructable! I had to check it out to see how you did the cross pieces. Very simple once you see it done :)
Kasieanne (author)  oktex11 months ago
It is wicked simple, but had baffled a lot of people before I did the how-to.
mkhuthir11 months ago
Amazing work!!! you are a real PRO, thank you.
Kasieanne (author)  mkhuthir11 months ago
I'm fairly new at this, so thank you!
bricobart11 months ago
Definitely the best woodworking I'ble of the last months, great job!
Kasieanne (author)  bricobart11 months ago
Thank you! That's a very nice compliment!
Bettybstt11 months ago
Beautiful - great Instructable!
Kasieanne (author)  Bettybstt11 months ago
Thank you!
kakmer11 months ago
This is awesome!! Great step by step and totally something just about anyone could do!
Kasieanne (author)  kakmer11 months ago
It looks a lot more complicated than it actually is. If you have the tools, then anyone can make it.
Arghus11 months ago
terrific chopboard
vonthab11 months ago
Very Nice. Now I just need to buy a sander, router, vice grips, saw, planer and sled. I think I might have the glue. :)
joelav vonthab11 months ago
Or you could find a local maker/hacker space that has all of this equipment and make some new friends along the way :)
Fabulous job! Jealous of your workshop too!
Thanks for this.
Kasieanne (author)  Polishing Peanuts11 months ago
Thank you!
Checked out the etsy store, nice stuff. Pity it'd cost too much to mail to Norway, I'll have to make one myself!

I also envy your access (in the states) of hardwoods. Almost impossible here in Norway (and in the UK) to find anything apart from pine, with a little oak, mahogany and maybe a little teak in the boat yards. Super expensive too.
zomfibame11 months ago
that is a great piece... I wish I had the tools to do that kinda' thing. very nice.
Kasieanne (author)  zomfibame11 months ago
Thank you very much! I got the tools by having a nagging husband... turns out I like to use them too so I don't mind.
diegodaf11 months ago
Excelente trabajo, voy a tratar de hacerlo!
Kasieanne (author)  diegodaf11 months ago
Thank you! Good luck to you on this project!
kenbob11 months ago
I like this!
ench11 months ago
Beautiful and unusual! I will definitely have to try this one.
Kasieanne (author)  ench11 months ago
And it's pretty easy too!
Awesome! Very unique :)
Kasieanne (author)  Penolopy Bulnick11 months ago
Thanks!