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Tips for Building a Freestyle End Grain Cutting Board

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Blog entry by JL7 posted 239 days ago 2761 reads 48 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Lately I’ve been building some end grain boards that don’t follow the “traditional” convention of the repeating pattern from one end to the other.

Examples:

I call them Freestyle boards.

I put together a video that shows some cutting and gluing tips:

I really don’t have a lot of detail photos of some of the more complex blocks but I will share what I have so far:

These are some of the shapes:

The diamond shapes were inspired by Lazy Larry’s blog here:

http://lumberjocks.com/degoose/blog/10460

The reality is, I cut a bunch of material to build a tumbling block board and my accuracy wasn’t there so I abandoned the project and just had a bunch of profiles laying around. These 2 photos show the 5 pieces that make up one diamond block:

I built a 60 degree jig for the router table to cut the 4 border blocks in the photos above and it really works well. It uses a 1/2” carbide up spiral bit and you just clamp a temporary fence on and cut away:

Smaller diamond shapes can be cut using a standard 45 or 60 degree router bit also:

For the round shapes, I started making my own dowels using the Veritas jig from Lee Valley, two different videos on that here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i5ZAzKQp5_M

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m-L24xASWfs

I think these photos will give you an idea how the round shapes are made:

In the photos above, I am making 2 or 3 different profiles in the same blank.

Here are some photos for making corner blocks in a pattern:

Of course you don’t need to make fancy shapes at all….you can just glue up any combination of boards you want and be surprised will the results…...happy building.

Thanks for looking.

-- Jeff - I have not failed. I've just found 10,002 ways that won't work.



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Sandra

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#1 posted 239 days ago

Beautiful boards Jeff. The precision is fantastic, and I love the different patterns.
My favourite one is the lighter wood with the random patterns.

-- No, I don't want to buy the pink hammer.

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harrywho

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#2 posted 239 days ago

Great stuff Jeff!!!

-- Harry, Indiana

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Michael Wilson

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#3 posted 239 days ago

This is absolutely delightful. I’ve got to spend some serious time going over your videos and such.

Thanks very much for posting it.

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GrandpaLen

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#4 posted 239 days ago

Beautiful boards and some crazy, mad, techniques Jeff.

Work Safely and have Fun. – Grandpa Len.

-- Mother Nature should be proud of what you've done with her tree. - Len ...just north of a stone's throw from the oHIo, river that is, in So. Indiana.

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Andy

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#5 posted 239 days ago

Wow! Outstanding designs, all of them, and your attention to detail is spot on.
Not for the faint of heart.

-- If I can do it, so can you. www.artboxesbyandy.com

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patron

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#6 posted 239 days ago

excellent jeff

you have loosened your imagination
in some very rewarding ways

thanks for the share

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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michelletwo

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#7 posted 239 days ago

now these are wonderful boards..so unique and colorful..you really have some great stuff here. thanks for the info & videos

-- We call the destruction of replaceable human made items vandalism, while the destruction of irreplaceable natural resources is called development.

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a1Jim

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#8 posted 239 days ago

Amazing wood and super great blog.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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eddie

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#9 posted 239 days ago

awesome boards Jeff, the time in the shop did you well

-- Jesus Is Alright with me

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StumpyNubs

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#10 posted 239 days ago

Always impressed with your work!

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DIYaholic

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#11 posted 239 days ago

It is always fascinating to observe a “Mad Scientist” in their laboratory….
Equally mesmerizing is watching an “Evil Genius” plot and plan….

You sir are a “Mad Genius”!!!
Always enjoy seeing your mind at work (& play) and your skills put to the test!!!

Thanks for taking us into your “laboratory” and showing us your tricks and tips!!!
Carry on….

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procratination a bad thing?

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JL7

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#12 posted 239 days ago

Thanks folks….....much appreciated…...Randy, the “mad” part is right, not sure about the rest…...

-- Jeff - I have not failed. I've just found 10,002 ways that won't work.

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Roger

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#13 posted 238 days ago

Sensational!

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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Dave

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#14 posted 238 days ago

Dont give all your secrets away.
Great tips and tricks Jeff.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are." http://chiselandforge.com

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lanwater

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#15 posted 238 days ago

Thanks for sharing your techniques.
The Ying and yang block is impressive. I would love to know how you did that one.
You do precision work for sure.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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