Cutting Board Thats NOT an Optical Illusion

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Project by RS Woodworks posted 09-09-2010 02:36 AM 3812 views 3 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

While I’ve been working on about 5 or 6 different WW’ing projects over the last several months, I haven’t really completed much at all.
Well here is one that IS done. It’ll be a Christmas gift.
Maple and cherry with purpleheart. I see lots of cutting boards that look like optical illusions and are, IMHO, hard on the eyes. (Don’t get me wrong, I fully respect the work and accuracy that goes into those boards).
I wanted a little more straight forward design for this. Decided to put it on some anti-slip feet as well. Attached the feet with stainless steel screws. Finish is what I’ve used in the past for cutting boards, mineral oil with 100% pure beeswax mixed in, allowed to soak in for a few days, the wiped off. Oh, and FYI, the two dark spots you see in the light maple are a bit of spalting, not burn marks. Haha.

Hope you like it… comments welcome as always.

-- I restore the finest vintage tools! If you need a nice plane, saw, marking tool or brace, please let me know!

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#1 posted 09-09-2010 03:04 AM

superb job ryan!

i really like the pattern and do agree with you that some boards do just confuse the eye. lucky lucky who ever recieves that board as gift.

-- "I don't cut wood. I machine it!" G.M. The wood machinest

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#2 posted 09-09-2010 03:21 AM

beautiful cutting board!

-- Sometimes the creative process requires foul language. -- Charles Neil

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#3 posted 09-09-2010 04:09 AM

I couldn’t cut anything on that. too gorgeous.

-- Router è ancora il mio nome.

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#4 posted 09-09-2010 10:34 AM

Great board, intersting how you kept the grain pattern on all the wood in the same direction other than the dark wood. Was this your intent? Like the colors and flow nice work.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#5 posted 09-09-2010 01:59 PM

That looks great. Good job.
Simple is good.
I like the lift handles too. I just want to touch it.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#6 posted 09-09-2010 03:20 PM

Great Cuttingboard.
Where did you obtain the antislip feets?


-- Norwegian (living in Sarpsborg, Norway)

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#7 posted 09-09-2010 03:39 PM

looks great, I like the look of it.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#8 posted 09-09-2010 03:52 PM

Fine board. The feet are a good idea.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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#9 posted 09-09-2010 07:05 PM

Great job on the board. Love the grain pattern. Nice job.

-- Gary, Little River,SC I've Learned that the Lord didn't do it all in one day and neither can I

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#10 posted 09-09-2010 10:47 PM

Simple … elegant… well executed…and it doesn’t make you cross-eyed..LOL

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#11 posted 09-10-2010 12:19 AM

hahahah. love the title of the project :)
nice board my friend
good job

-- Flemming. It's only a mistake if you can't fix it.

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#12 posted 09-11-2010 09:24 AM

Nice Cutting Board.

-- Coming Soon! Maybe! ....................

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#13 posted 09-12-2010 04:17 PM

Very cool. I need to do one of these one day. I’m pretty sure I’m still just a LJ Prospect until I’ve made one…

-- Michael James -

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