Well, here it is. The old butcher’s block visualized. This is for my dad. I seen a few designs throughout here and I don’t quite have the equipment (or time) needed to pull off a few of those. This was my 2nd board because the first was just too frustrating to accomplish. Guess I need to learn a little more patience. I tried one with 3 different types of wood with a thin border around the oak “looms/weaves” or whatever you want to call it. Either too thick or too thin, or the squares weren’t square so nothing lined up. A few explicit lyrics and a little more hair loss; started over minus the next level steps and TA-DAH! This one didn’t turn out perfect, but if it was going to be anything like the first and Dad would have been getting a gift certificate. Sure would like to know how some of you more talented folk managed to piece these things together in time or how/what types of clamps you used. I almost sent my contraption into the patent office if I didn’t know how ridiculous it was. I’ve definitely had better moments in my life than the first time I put the squeeze on these blocks and seen the middle start rising up on me. It was like a slow motion mistake that I realized a split second too late to avoid the explosion of 50 wooden jigsaw puzzle-pieces scattering about the shop. I ended up using 4 pipe clamps, a ratcheting strap and 6 different pieces of wood to clamp these pieces together. When all it would have taken is for someone to pass along the knowledge for those of us without a clue as to how you did it. Oh well, a little redneck ingenuity helped reach the finish line. I apologize to anyone that’s actually read this far. I’m bored and guess I should head back to the shop and see what else I can get into.