There’s something about intricate woodworking that makes the salivary glands kick into overdrive and dormant facial hair follicles sprout anew. Scott Lewis doesn’t need facial hair to prove he’s a wood-shaping creator of uber-cool cutting boards; All he needs is some fancy camerawork, bearing-guided router bits and multiple bandsaw cuts that are smoother than lacquered lambskin on linoleum.

Scott is a woodworker from Ennismore, Ontario. He’s a contributing editor at Fine Woodworking magazine, and imagines a future teaching high school shop class. You may have seen intricate cutting boards with multiple routes of inlaid wood and wondered how they managed to work the inlay around the ends and both sides. Well, Scott shows you the process to achieve that look with three different inlays of varying material and thickness.

He starts with a sketch, planes the staves and glues them together. The inlay path is routed and cut on a bandsaw to split the board where the path is then smoothed and routed to match. The inlay strips are cut and planed, layered and glued to fit between each side, then clamped. He cuts the excess from the inlay and shaves it smooth. He repeats this process for each inlay he wants to add. It’s amazing to watch… over and over again.

Fine Woodworking published an article about the project (view here if you’re a member) and has published a book named Woodworking Wisdom & Know-how that includes more details about the tools, materials and cuts Scott used to create each piece of the board. You can view pages from the book here and buy it on Amazon here.

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Josh is founder and editor at SolidSmack.com, founder at Aimsift Inc., and co-founder of EvD Media. He is involved in engineering, design, visualization, the technology making it happen, and the content developed around it. He is a SolidWorks Certified Professional and excels at falling awkwardly.