Bulge Cutting Board Epic Fail

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Sure doesn’t have much of a bulge.

Made with the aid of LJ “omextreme’s” post. Maple and Walnut. I think my mistake was positioning the maple pegs with the end grain up. They turned dark when I applied the mineral oil/bee’s wax. I think this reduced the contrast and affected to illusion. If I ever make another one, I’ll put the pegs with side or edge grain up.

The bulge isn’t visible at a close viewing distance and barely visible from across the room.

Oh well, it’ll make a heavy duty table trivet.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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Don Broussard

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#1 posted 09-13-2016 02:20 AM

Sure looks like a bulge to me! We are always our own worst critics . . .

-- People say I hammer like lightning. It's not that I'm fast -- it's that I never hit the same place twice!

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#2 posted 09-13-2016 02:20 AM

There is definitely a bulge. You are just too close to your work to see the true results. Happens to us all. Very cool illusion.


-- Brady, Texas,

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#3 posted 09-13-2016 02:25 AM

Great work Lew!

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#4 posted 09-13-2016 03:38 AM

I gotta say lew, I agree with those other guys. I think it came out really cool looking including the desired effect.
Your stuff is always top-notch.

-- Eric, central Florida

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#5 posted 09-13-2016 04:06 AM

I think you’re being too critical on your work. The visual effect is quite optically effective. My eyes and brain are going googeley wack!

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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Rick M.

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#6 posted 09-13-2016 06:09 AM

Looks good to me, subtlety is underrated.

End grain likes to pick up sanding dust from darker woods and turn itself darker in turn so using side grain plugs will definitely give you better contrast.


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#7 posted 09-13-2016 07:11 AM

Looks fine to me as well
Some more pictues may help with diagonising the problem you mention.
More importantly why do you have three brad nailers?... thats just extravegent!!

-- Regards Robert

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#8 posted 09-13-2016 09:41 AM

I think you did an excellent job on it and I was drooling over the brad nailers too. LOL

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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#9 posted 09-13-2016 11:25 AM

WOW, that is really cool, Lew. I have never seen that before. I know what you mean about the end grain. That is why I bought a few plug cutters so I could have the long grain on the face of the plug. I use it them to cover accidents or flaws mostly. I fount that you have to test them out good before cutting the hole they go into because some don’t cut to the nominal size. I cut a piece of wood on the band saw and turn it on the lathe to get exact fit , too.

Cheers, Jim

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

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#10 posted 09-13-2016 01:56 PM

You can always improve things after you have made the mistake. It’s a lot harder before. :-)
I’m with the others. It looks pretty good to me but of course, that’s not the issue. It has to look good to you, the biggest critic (as are we all).
If I know you there will be another one and it will be much more dramatic bu don’t be too hard on yourself about this one because it looks great.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees.

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#11 posted 09-13-2016 02:09 PM

looks real good to me …... would of liked more pictures …........GREAT JOB


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#12 posted 09-13-2016 02:54 PM

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#13 posted 09-13-2016 03:11 PM

The illusion definitely shows up to me. There is a spectrum of how people see things. I tend to look for an overall pattern, whereas my wife will always see the odd item or the defect. It’s the old lumper/splitter personality thing…...(-:

I am working on a new drill press table, and then will make a new mobile mount for the DP as well. We are getting our usual fall heavy dose of rain, nothing exciting going on, and I like it that way….............(-:

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#14 posted 09-13-2016 03:39 PM

I’m not sure if I can see the illusion. However, if you would just ship that to me, my wife and I will perform some extended viewing over the years and let you know our take on it.

-- An undefined problem has an infinite number of solutions ~Robert A. Humphrey

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#15 posted 09-13-2016 03:51 PM

Have to agree with the other posters. Looks good to me!

-- Dave, York, PA, WildSide Woodworking

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