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Project by footprints posted 11-06-2014 03:06 PM 3102 views 21 times favorited 24 comments Add to Favorites Watch

916 pieces of maple and thermally treated ash in a 13 X 13” board. It was finished in mineral oil and is ready to kill some vegetables.

-- Ray, Lakeland, FL

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#1 posted 11-06-2014 04:27 PM

Striking pattern. But, sort of a lot of work for something to go whacking on with a sharp metal implement. But then, I’m probably not above doing something like that myself. LOL

-- "Everybody makes mistakes. A craftsman always fixes them." (Monty Kennedy, "The Checkering and Carving of Gunstocks", 1952)

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#2 posted 11-06-2014 04:33 PM

That is a great piece and while I agree with Roger above about marking it up I’m also not sure that is what I want to be looking at while using a sharp knife. It could be hard to focus on you fingers.

-- Les B, Oregon

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#3 posted 11-06-2014 04:55 PM

Roger, Les – it is really not that hard to make once you know the trick. Cut alternating wood strips 18” long starting at 1/8” wide and increasing the width by 1/16th until you get to 5/8” and then decrease by 1/16th back to 1/8th. Do this twice and glue up the 34 strips. Then crosscut in the same manner and flip every other one.

I like the pattern a lot but agree that you could end up with extra protein in your salad if not careful.

-- Ray, Lakeland, FL

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#4 posted 11-06-2014 04:56 PM

Great cutting board. I agree with Roger and Les, that’s too pretty and distracting to cut on. I’d frame it and give it as a wall-hanging. I very much reminds me of M.C. Escher.


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#5 posted 11-06-2014 05:05 PM

I was being a bit facetious. It’s really very nice. You may even hear from Martyn (britboxmaker).

-- "Everybody makes mistakes. A craftsman always fixes them." (Monty Kennedy, "The Checkering and Carving of Gunstocks", 1952)

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#6 posted 11-06-2014 05:47 PM

Wonderful work on this Ray and yes, I am mesmerized by it!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#7 posted 11-06-2014 05:58 PM

Really beautiful work and a lot of cutting!
I ordered the cut plans for this from MTMwood but have not attempted it yet. Hope it turns out as nice as this!

-- Dennie - Tennessee

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#8 posted 11-06-2014 08:44 PM

don’t mistake your fingers for the veggies

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#9 posted 11-07-2014 12:07 AM

That looks really great, the illusion is amazing. Never heard of thermally treated ash… sure gives it a nice dark color. Is it an end grain board?

-- Allen, Colorado (Instagram @bobasaurus_woodworking)

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#10 posted 11-07-2014 01:10 AM

Wow – that’s a beaut…....! Great work…....

-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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#11 posted 11-07-2014 01:24 AM

its killing my eyes. nice work.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#12 posted 11-07-2014 01:54 AM

Amazing work, it seems like it could make you dizzy and cut your fingers off!

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#13 posted 11-07-2014 04:07 AM

Well you wont see one of these in too many kitchens…. Great Work…..You should do a blog on how these are made…...

-- What we do in life will Echo through Eternity........

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#14 posted 11-07-2014 05:52 AM

This one changes from view to view, very good project!
I like it a lot.

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

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#15 posted 11-07-2014 10:55 AM

wow making me dizzy…great job!!!!

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