Look, I know that I’m a little nerdy and a little weird. But when I figured out How to Make an 8-Bit Mario Mushroom Cutting Board, I knew I loved every part of me. This is how I did it.
Yeah, well, when you have a plan in your head for something for years, something that you know will be cool–but you just don’t have the set-up to do it, you might be called “obsessed.”
But not me–because I didn’t tell anybody, so they couldn’t call me anything–it was my very own secret.
Seriously, though, I have been working-out all the kinks in my shop and planning out How to Make an 8-Bit Mario Mushroom Cutting Board(or Goomba–it’s really a Goomba, but whatever) for years. Literally.
I spent some time working-up a sketch in a spreadsheet (it’s an 8-bit drawing, so a spreadsheet made the most sense), then sat on my hand for a while. Then I spent some time figuring out how to make a table saw sled, then sat on my hands for a while.
Then I decided that I would do a YouTube channel. And that was no-sitting-on-the-hands activity, that was getting my workshop all sorts of ready.
And, now that I have everything in place and I made my 8-Bit Mario Mushroom Cutting Board, I am so super proud.
Just don’t eat raw mushroom–it’s disgusting.
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What You Need to Make an 8-Bit Mario Mushroom Cutting Board
- So…some wood.
- Chop saw
- Table saw
- Hot glue gun
- Disc sander
- Planer or Hand Planer
- Belt Sander
- Hand Sander
- Sand paper
- Titebond III Wood Glue (it’s waterproof and food-safe)
- 8-Bit Mushroom Template (you can get it from me by signing-up to be a Patreon–or make your own)
How to Make an 8-Bit Mario Mushroom Cutting Board
- Cut some wood to a manageable length and flatten it on a planer or with a hand planer.
- Cut lengths/strips of your wood that are 1-inch wide.
- Cut those lengths into 1-inch long blocks. I tried this on the chop saw and it was a bad idea because it tore up every third one. Then I did it on the table saw, but that was taking forever, so I hot glued them together and cut them–this was a lot faster.
- On a disc sander, clean-up the hot glue and the edges of the blocks.
- Glue the blocks in order in their rows. I had to make a jig to do this, but it was just two fence panels, one split down the middle, lined with duct tape and screwed in place. I then could build my rows in the channel and clamp them in place until the glue dried. Also, because I did not do this end-grain facing up, the glue soaked in and my rows broke apart a bajillionty times. Don’t be like me, plan this out with the end grain facing up and glue the side grains together so that the glue won’t soak in so much.
- Sand each row clean and flat on a belt sander. I checked for straight/flat by pushing each row against the side of a countertop/table to see if there were gaps on either side. If there was a gap, I kept sanding. No gap? Good to go.
- Glue all the rows together to make the Goomba/Mushroom. Allow it to dry completely. I made a jig to do this with two sheets of wax paper on either side to keep the cutting board from sticking to the surfaces. I think you can figure it out from the video…
- Sand, sand, sand. Literally sand everything flat and square on your belt sander, disc sander and with your hand sander. All the sanding all the time.
- Finish with 100% pure mineral oil or cutting board oil.
- Chop to your heart’s content.
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