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A Mobius Loop Cutting Board made with walnut, cherry, maple, and Spanish cedar.

For the mathematically inclined: Yes I know it is actually a Double Mobius Loop, Mr. Smarty Pants. But did you know that a Double Mobius Loop Cutting Board has two surfaces? Ha. Take that.

Here is how I did it:

I tried to come up with a way to make this without a lot of fancy measuring and cutting. So I broke this design into three assemblies, and glued them together at the end. I determined that the only piece that was critical in size was the small parallelogram, because it is an interior part. All the rest could be trimmed once the assemblies were together.

I started by making 4 sticks of wood. These were all jointed square and then made exactly the same size; 3/4 inch thick and 1.5 inches wide. I made a sacrificial stick of poplar to try some of the cuts, but I did not use it much.

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The next step was cutting the small parallelograms. This design needs three. These are the same shape that is used in many designs. The key is to get them to be 1 unit in size. A unit in this case is 1.5 inches. So I set the miter gauge at 30 degrees and kept moving the stop block until I could cut a block that was as wide as it is tall. Then I cut one of each wood.

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Then I just rough cut the other pieces, making sure that they were all a little too long. Then I glued them up the three assemblies, so that the pieces stuck out too far.

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When dry, I took them back to the saw. Again using the miter gauge to cut the right side of the assembly, I snuck up on the cut until I just got to the tip of the triangle.

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Then I finished the left side cut using the fence. Like in a previous step, I want a parallelogram. But this one is 3 units in size. So I set the fence to the existing width of the assembly (3 units wide).

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Then I rotated the three pieces and sent them through with this fence setting.

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Then glued-up the three assemblies, sanded, and oiled.
If anyone wants to copy or modify, have at it.
Steve

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon





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OttoH

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#1 posted 07-05-2010 12:19 AM

Steve, I am getting dizzy just following the loop around and around, and around . . .
Great project!

-- I am responsible for how I respond to everything in my life - - Deadwood SD

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#2 posted 07-05-2010 12:23 AM

I thought at first sight it was the lid to a box….... :—)
but it sure looks good Steve
and thank´s for the toturial on it

Dennis

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patron

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#3 posted 07-05-2010 12:59 AM

very well done steve ,

you got a nice design ,
and came up with a great way to make it !

it sure looks good .

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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sras

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#4 posted 07-05-2010 01:12 AM

Another great design. We are going to have to come up with a new name for these creations… No one is ever going to cut on these things!

How about “slab of insanity”?

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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sras

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#5 posted 07-05-2010 01:12 AM

Or “Planks gone wild”?

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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Dan'um Style

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#6 posted 07-05-2010 02:11 AM

cool posting and great design

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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Mike Gadsby

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#7 posted 07-05-2010 03:28 AM

Cool,have you been sitting in larry’s thinking chair?lol

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dustbunny

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#8 posted 07-05-2010 03:45 AM

Steve this is Sweet !
Great job on the design and execution !

Lisa

-- Imagination rules the world. ~ Napoleon Bonaparte ~ http://quiltedwood.com

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#9 posted 07-05-2010 03:59 AM

Very cool design!! I really appreciate the extra photos and the commentary on the process. Great job!

-- -- Mike

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Richard

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#10 posted 07-05-2010 05:06 AM

Nice job, perfect cuts, perfect matchups.

-- Richard Boise, Idaho

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#11 posted 07-05-2010 05:32 AM

Nice job. I could just sit and stare at this for a while.

-- A thing of beauty is a joy forever...

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OutPutter

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#12 posted 07-05-2010 06:39 AM

Sure looks good Steve and the tutorial was a bonus. But, how did you come up with the design in the first place?

Best,

-- Jim

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degoose

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#13 posted 07-05-2010 06:52 AM

Looks like I was so excited to go up to the shed and make one that I forgot to post how good I think this is…
well just over 6 hours later and I have it out of clamps doing the final sanding… will make a MOBIUS LL from this one and have another idea for it in the works… a slight variation on a variation…
Thanks for all the inspirations…will post soon…
Larry

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

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Eagle1

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#14 posted 07-05-2010 10:44 AM

Thanks for the blog posting how you did it. Great looking board..

-- Tim, Missouri ....Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what the heck happened

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ellen35

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#15 posted 07-05-2010 12:58 PM

This is a great tutorial! The mobius design lends itself to your wood choices.
Can’t wait to try one!

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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