|Project by KnotCurser||posted 01-09-2010 02:47 AM||4120 views||4 times favorited||9 comments|
I really enjoy optical illusions and fell in love with one called the “Cafe Wall”. Staring at it one day it occured to me that I could possibly pull this off in a cutting board.
“Piece of Cake” thought I. Oh how I would to come regret that thought!
I quickly cut up and planed the Maple and Walnut and figured out how I was going to stagger everything – easy!
After I had all the strips cut, I then realized that to glue it up with the offset pattern the lines would be going the wrong way and totally ruin the effect! Doh! I then had to take every third strip and cut it in half and glue it to the end of a bunch of full length strips to get the pattern running in the correct direction. Double Doh!
In the meantime, I was REALLY dumb and sprayed a bunch of water on the strips to see the finished look. “This is gonna look good” I think and then go into the house for a Ham Sammich. Came back later and every piece looked like the letter “C” – the water had warped everything! Triple Doh!
Must persevere! By just gluing one row at a time with a ton of clamps, I was able to get a fairly flat board out of the warped pieces. About 45 minutes of belt sanding and here’s the result!
The last image is what I was staring at and tried to mimic. It a sidewalk in Italy – really awesome effect in that all the lines and blocks are absolutely parallel to each other but certainly do not look like it!
I don’t think I QUITE got the effect I was after, but it still looks pretty cool! This may wind up a wedding gift later on this spring.
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