Cutting Board: How To's #2: Zig Zag Cutting Board Patterns - Inspirational

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I was absolutely overwhelmed by the positive response to my Zig Zag How To blog post yesterday, that I decided to brainstorm some possible combinations (on my lunch break) using the basic steps I outlined yesterday. All of the same techniques and steps apply, and really the only difference is the woods and measurements that make up the original “sticks.” Same rules apply to width = height. Length is up to you.

Please experiment with whatever measurements and combinations strike you. Have fun with these. There are so many possibilities. If you run into a great new pattern, post it. I’d love to see it.

Thanks LJs for being such an inspirational online community. First one to post one of these gets a giant thumbs up and my sincere admiration.

Zig Zag Mutation 1

Zig Zag Mutation 2

Zig Zag Mutation 3

Zig Zag Mutation 4

Zig Zag Mutation 5

Zig Zag Mutation 6

I hope these inspire you.

-- Measure, cut, curse, repeat.

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#1 posted 1393 days ago

You Steve and the Professor are my heroes.
I have some time off tomorrow …so I think that I might have to try at least all of the above.

-- Drink twice... and don't bother to cut... @ For lovers of all things timber...

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#2 posted 1393 days ago


Please do! I would love to see what you pros can do with these basic ideas. I’m actually excited to try one of these more complex patterns out myself one day. I’d bet that with the combined talent here on LJ’s the mutations of this board are endless. Thanks for looking my friend.

-- Measure, cut, curse, repeat.

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#3 posted 1393 days ago

I like it….I think I shall try one of these soon, although I cannot claim to be a pro.
They look so complex until shown like that
Thank you for showing how to do them.

-- Can't never could do anything, to try is to advance.

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#4 posted 1393 days ago

I’m in as well , nice work and thanks for sharing…BC

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#5 posted 1393 days ago

And so do I, I love the variety and optical illusions..

-- Bert

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#6 posted 1392 days ago

I can imagine trying 1, 2, or 3, but going for the others gives me visions of being covered in glue like when I get into painting and wonder why I painted my clothes and hair. Thanks for the variations. Maybe # 1 or 2 tomorrow. I have some stock cut.

-- Robert, so much inspiration here, and so little time!

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#7 posted 1391 days ago

those boards are awesome. I think I will have to start with the original some of the others make my head hurt. my only problem is that I don’t have a thickness planer. I may have to give it a whack with a belt sander.

-- Couldn't think of anything clever. I LIKE WOOD

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#8 posted 1391 days ago

Super designs fantastic work.

-- Custom furniture

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#9 posted 1391 days ago

Very interesting post. I think I’ll have to try these. Thank-you for the info, look fwd to seeing your boards!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#10 posted 1389 days ago

Lookin good, you are spurring LL on ward and forward :-))

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#11 posted 1388 days ago

McLean, these are great looking designs.

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#12 posted 1387 days ago

McLean, let me see if the my right brain is viewing these correctly. Your image in the circle is the difference in lay out for using a 2 piece (of wood) pattern. Other then the newly inserted different colored wood, follow part one’s pattern layout. Correct? Sometimes when I use my whole brain to think I get cornfused (not a typo). Thank you for the new designs and thank you for taking Larry and I’s suggestions as to not using a planer to plan endgrain boards. BAD idea. Not a safe thing to do.

-- Jim Roberts, Port Orchard Washington

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#13 posted 1373 days ago

Note that these designs will yield edge grain (as opposed to a preferred end grain).


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#14 posted 1373 days ago

bvdon – Sorry if I misunderstood your last comment, but these are actually end grain patterns. The previous blog post describes the process and makes more sense of the circle diagrams represented to the right of each pattern. Picture staring at the end grain “down the length” when viewing these insets. These inform the initial “sticks” on Step 3.

-- Measure, cut, curse, repeat.

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#15 posted 1351 days ago


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