End-grain cutting board

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I am very new to woodworking (a hobby) and this site. I’ve finally gotten the courage to attach a project picture. The attached is an end-grain cutting board that I made for my son who is an accomplished mathematician. The design mirrors a math concept known as the Borromean Rings. Each ring intersects only one other ring in two places but no ring intersects both of the others. The yellowheart intersects the bloodwood only and the jatoba intersects the yellowheart only. While it’s hard to see, the bloodwood actually intersects the jatoba.

I know the coloring doesn’t show particularly well but the 3 squares are bloodwood, yellowheart and jatoba. The background is hard maple, with black walnut and then paduak borders. The outside edge is mahogany with african ebony corners. Finished with 4 coats of salad oil finish.

I’ve made a few other end-grain boards but now I’m looking for new design ideas.

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#1 posted 11-10-2010 08:09 PM

I think this is just beautiful. I love the way you handled the border pieces and how you’ve set off the corners and outside edge. I’ve been looking for a way to frame a board for a while now and I hope to make one with a similar frame treatment. Absolutely inspiring! Thanks for sharing. Please share your other projects, I’m sure they’ll be equally as welcome.

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#2 posted 11-10-2010 08:25 PM

Welcome to LJ’s. This project is excellent. Glad you worked up the courage for your first post.

I look forward to your next one.

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

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#3 posted 11-10-2010 08:32 PM

Hey, I love it. My parents (both nerds) put in tile in their shower based on a Julia set pattern. Sounds like they could use a “Borromean Rings” board too!

I too just started, and I have been very inspired by the site. Keep it up!

-- Steopa

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#4 posted 11-10-2010 08:36 PM

Great Design. Very cool to design around a math concept. Thanks for posting

-- Zach Friesen

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#5 posted 11-10-2010 09:18 PM

Great work

-- Dreaming patterns

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#6 posted 11-10-2010 10:27 PM

I look forward to your next posts… if this is anything to go by… we should be in for a treat… and Welcome.

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#7 posted 11-10-2010 10:59 PM

Thanks everyone for the positive feedback. I certainly appreciate it coming from such experts. I’d thank each of you individually but I haven’t figured out how to do that yet.

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#8 posted 11-11-2010 12:14 AM

Looks good. Very nicely done. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#9 posted 11-11-2010 01:06 AM

Welcome to Lumberjocks! I love the ebony corners, they’re a nice touch. I’m sure your son loves it

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#10 posted 11-11-2010 01:50 AM

Very nice use of color. This is a real winner.

-- I only went out for a walk and finally concluded to stay out till sundown, for going out, I found, was really going in. -John Muir

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#11 posted 11-11-2010 03:04 AM

Nice looking board Jat !!!

Something that good, you wouldnt want to cut on it !!! LoL

Fantastic work ! thanks for sharing !!

-- Think,Dream,Inspire,Create ! your Shed is waiting for You !

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#12 posted 11-11-2010 04:29 AM

I am glad you got up the nerve to post this. It is really really great.
Even tho I hate maths I love the design and the colour of wood used, It has all blended in well.
I really have to try these boards one day.

-- Theresa,

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#13 posted 11-11-2010 05:25 AM

A beautiful board design! Glad you decided to share with us. Looking forward to your next project!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#14 posted 11-11-2010 06:35 PM

I have not seen before such pattern, this is something new.
Thanks for sharing with us and welcome to Lumberjocks community.

-- Not my woodworking

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