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.
Thanks for looking.
-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA