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.
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:
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:
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.
The YouTube links are causing some of the text to be Italic…..can’t seem to fix that….sorry.
Thanks for looking.
-- Jeff - I have not failed. I've just found 10,001 ways that won't work.