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3d end grain cutting board made from Walnut and cherry

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Project by boardrider posted 02-21-2015 12:44 AM 2165 views 3 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

After trying to make one of these boards for about a year this is my best attempt so far. I made a thin rip jig to make peices the exact same width. Started with 8/4 lumber of walnut and cherry, and I finally finished with lacewood border. Best advice I can give someone making one of these is try to get as close to equal clamping pressure when doing the glue ups and make sure your blade accurately setup. Lots of work but rewarding to admire the beauty after its finished. Accuracy is key.





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#1 posted 02-21-2015 01:32 AM

That’s a beauty! My only critique is the illusion looks to be end grain, is that right? And the border is long grain. If so, that may cause some issues…...but really a well done board!

-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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#2 posted 02-21-2015 02:18 AM

That is in fact how I did make it. I hope it doesn’t self destruct due to expansion or shrink. Fortunately the person I gave it to isn’t is only using it as a display. Good excuse to make a proper one right?

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#3 posted 02-21-2015 02:26 AM

Just an FYI…...it’s not that difficult to make the border end grain as well…...Then you have a home run, no worries…..

-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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#4 posted 02-21-2015 03:36 AM

Nice job. Like the others said, end grain edges are best. I would consider cutting them off and making end grain edges. It will probably crack if you don’t. MTM makes some really nice boards. I’ve made quite a few.

-- Look out for the person in front of the guy behind you.

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#5 posted 02-21-2015 01:25 PM

Beautiful. Looking forward to starting one of these projects. So many possibilities. Where did you come up with the design?

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#6 posted 02-21-2015 04:42 PM

Beautiful job. Love the look. I’m going to play devil’s advocate; I really like the look of the long grain frame around the board. Although supposedly its a recipe for disaster, I’ve been putting those frames around boards for 15 years and haven’t had a problem yet. Of course that’s not to say that one won’t happen, it just means it probably isn’t a chronic problem given good assembly techniques otherwise.

-- Schooled in the advanced art of sawdust and woodchip manufacturing.

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#7 posted 02-21-2015 06:56 PM

http://mtmwood.com/ is the website that got me inspired to start making these illusion design. I have been watching and taking notes on measurements and how to go about the process. After finding a community shop people could pay to use I attempted to make some sawdust. This project was waaaaay too ambitious for me with the little experience I had. Had a few scares along the way, like attempting to flatten an endgrain board through the planer. I am in my second semester at a woodworking program so my fundamentals are getting some practice. I would like to make another I just don’t have access to power tools at the moment.

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#8 posted 02-22-2015 12:23 AM

Congrats on your beautiful board. I have also been wanting to make one of those. Although I have the necessary tools, I’m not sure I can do it without plans. Does anyone know where I can find plans for this board? Of course I am willing to pay.

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#9 posted 02-23-2015 01:14 AM

The mtmwood.com website has a set of plans you can buy. He also has a video on how you can make it on youtube. I tried to make a few boards the way he makes them then I changed things to accommodate the tools I had.

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#10 posted 02-23-2015 03:42 AM



Congrats on your beautiful board. I have also been wanting to make one of those. Although I have the necessary tools, I m not sure I can do it without plans. Does anyone know where I can find plans for this board? Of course I am willing to pay.

- CPNMike


Never mind. I found it.

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#11 posted 02-23-2015 03:44 AM



The mtmwood.com website has a set of plans you can buy. He also has a video on how you can make it on youtube. I tried to make a few boards the way he makes them then I changed things to accommodate the tools I had.

- boardrider


Thanks BR. I did find them there.

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