Next Generation Cheese boards... #11: MC Escher tessellations...

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Blog entry by degoose posted 07-24-2014 07:44 AM 3760 reads 2 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Recently I was sent a link to…

They made an end grain tessellated chopping board… cut with a 400 W laser…

My laser is only 80 W so I cut some thinner timber…long grain Rosewood actually…

Each lizard fits into the adjacent one…

They are almost impossible to glue individually… so put them together dry… used masking tape on the back and smeared glue all over… scraped it across and into the joints…

More when it is finished… [at the moment it is in a vacuum bag being glued to a 10 mm ply substrate..

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

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Elyasaf Shweka

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#1 posted 07-24-2014 07:52 AM

You stole my idea!!!! :)
Im working on CNC version of that. im trying to do it with solid wood, 3 different colors.
what is the toleraqnce you are doing?

-- Only by the 4th time I realized how it was suppose to be done in the first place.

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#2 posted 07-24-2014 07:54 AM

This is solid wood…. 10 mm thick…rosewood…
And I stole the idea from Instructables….LOL
The laser has very tight tolerances… not sure about the CNC… altho I do have one of those as well…

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

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#3 posted 07-24-2014 07:56 AM

Leapin lizards they are everywhere!

Very clever

You would have to hold your tougue right to get them all together !!

-- Regards Robert

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#4 posted 07-24-2014 08:39 AM

I like this idea of mating pieces Larry and I have seen it used by some woodturners in the past who were turning some platters. Looks really cool. How well does the glue adhere to those toasted glue joints on each cutout?

I have been reading in Fine Woodworking and elsewhere that even smooth, but old surfaces should be resanded prior to gluing to get proper adhesion.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#5 posted 07-24-2014 12:00 PM

yea this is a very cool idea, but i have the same fear, the burned edges will not glue well that way, but maybe it will all work with the substrate…ill be interested in the outcome, what about doing figures that look like bears, now that would be to my liking…:)

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#6 posted 07-24-2014 12:15 PM

Very Escher. It will be interesting to see how this all comes out.
Great idea.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#7 posted 07-24-2014 04:03 PM

Very cool. Possibilities are endless.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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Joe Lyddon

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#8 posted 07-24-2014 04:48 PM

WOW! A NO WASTE project!

Do you leave the Blackened Cut Lines or sand them? I’d lean to seeing them Black… :)

COOL design to get that to work so well!

With an 80W’er can you go deeper in multiple passes? With CNC, should be no problem… right?

COOL stuff!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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#9 posted 07-24-2014 05:20 PM

Way cool!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#10 posted 07-24-2014 06:34 PM

Really cool Larry – looking forward to seeing the finished one..

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

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#11 posted 07-24-2014 09:58 PM

looks really cool, gluingto a backer board is def a smart idea.

so is this getting butcher block oiled or poly’d?

-- "Well, the world needs ditch-diggers too..." - Judge Smails

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#12 posted 07-24-2014 10:36 PM

That’s amazing!! I want one!!!

-- Matt Garcia Wannabe Period Furniture Maker, Houston TX

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#13 posted 07-24-2014 11:13 PM

Awesome idea!

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

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#14 posted 07-24-2014 11:31 PM

That is just too … to many adjectives fit here.
You have quite an imagination with the tools and skill to follow through perhaps a woodworking renaissance man!

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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#15 posted 07-25-2014 12:44 AM

Brilliant! ~ What will you think of Next!!?

-- Nick, Virginia,

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