Stitch-like board - too good for a cutting board

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Project by BertFlores58 posted 01-02-2011 04:19 PM 2281 views 3 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My first cutting board attemp in blocks of 45 degree joint of making a square rod. The rhumboid cut is 45 degree by 35 degree cut x and y axis using a miter saw. However, this time cutting a rectangular block at 90 degree and joined them. The result was amazing and everyone who saw it just say frame it rather than making it a cutting board… too good.

To be different, I routed corners and inserted a kamagong (Philippine ebony). It gives a stitch effect though not very visible on darker woods.

The most unique on this board is the diamond in the center with the endgrains highlighted a cross sectional effect. It is very obvious that some pieces are of different color. This is made from offcuts and scrap pieces.
The total number of pieces in it is 24×36 not counting the small ebony stitches-like.

Lesson learned from previous experience… I did not use any finish after sanding… The wood changes its color after applying varnish, tung oil or any other chemicals.. I let it to be as natural as it is.

The size is 10 inches x 15 inches and 5/8” thick…. Woods are not identified as they were only scraps and recycled.

-- Bert

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#1 posted 01-02-2011 04:24 PM

An interesting concept, Bert, trying to make one material look and behave like another. Discovering the overlap of the two materials properties (the two materials concerned being cloth and wood ) is the secret and you’ve certainly succeeded here.

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

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#2 posted 01-02-2011 04:53 PM

Thanks Martyn,
You really had moved me into doing this kind of stuff. I am improving but not really as accurate as you are. Next time another illusion. I like the boards to be functional… a jewelry box or table top… What do you suggest on this board? It is too thick for a jewelry box.

-- Bert

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#3 posted 01-02-2011 04:58 PM

Bert, all it takes is practice.

Some item of furniture, like a table, would be good. Perhaps square with drop leaves and this included into the top, at 45° to the edges so that it appears as if it were draped over the table, like a cloth, when the leaves are dropped.

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

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#4 posted 01-02-2011 05:03 PM

That is really a good suggestion, I am working on our bedside table and that will suffice.. Thanks again.

-- Bert

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#5 posted 01-02-2011 05:27 PM

to me its a beautiful outlay of so many wonderful woods, great job of enhancing them all with each other…and i certainly agree , it can be enjoyed on the wall , to me an effort such as this should not be cut upon …but…i also could enjoy it in the kitchen if it taken care of….great job bert…very nice to behold.

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#6 posted 01-02-2011 05:32 PM

Boy talk about a lot of work. I am just curious how long did it take you to complete the board?


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#7 posted 01-02-2011 05:47 PM

Very intersting design and looks great. Always great to see new concept ideas on boards! The board masters on here will be proud! Nice work.

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

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#8 posted 01-02-2011 09:38 PM


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#9 posted 01-04-2011 12:04 AM

Very pretty Bert. Amazing work. And Martyn, you know he’s started on your suggestion already don’t you.

-- Janice

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#10 posted 01-04-2011 04:01 AM

Rookie (Shall I call you that way?.),
It depends on the time you have, the gluing time and the others are just ordinary fast work. I am not counting on hours when I do these because it take a lot of skills and patience in one. Ok to give you an idea. (I should have blog this) here is the estimate.
Phase I – Getting the right wood and colors… estimate the availability (Better to have more than short) – depends on the wood availability – 5 days (some were glued to form a block)
Phase II – Cutting strips of wood to triangular at 45 degree (same like a prism) – Half day using portatable circular saw and miter.
Phase III – Glueing pair of prismatic wood to form a square rod. (Takes times because you need to choose the right color of wood.) – overnight for drying.. good time becase I can do it after my office work.
Phase IV – Squaring and final planing for the square rods… (I normally use hand plane so I can control the correctness of the 45 degree corner to corner joint) HARDEST PART OF THE JOB. HAVE TO REJECT A LOT WHICH DOES NOT PASS THROUGH MY QUALITY. THIS WILL ALSO GIVE THE GREAT ACCURACY. – took me about 1 day for nearly 8 rods total
Phase V – Routing and inserting stitching effect on the two corners of the rods. In this case, I use 1/8 router bit and ebony inserts. Use a trim bit to take out the excess. Planing was an alternative.
Phase VI – Glueing the rods to form a rectangular blocks. In this case the block I made was composed of 8 rods forming a 1.5 ” x 5” x 12” block.
Phase VII – Planing the block. Manual Planing was the best for control. But a thicknesser is best.
Phase VIII – Sawing to thickness. I use a miter saw to cut to size the endgrain pieces.. This is the EASIEST part. TS will do or even manual cutting. The target is to slice the block equally just like cutting a loaf of bread or cheese. However this is the beautiful portion where you can see the art of cutting different wood bonded together. You can feel the hardness, softness and stubborness of wood in the block.
Phase IX – Squaring the pieces to match the joining surface. I use a shooting board for this since I am joining a 90 degree joint.
Phase X – GLUE UP for the pieces. Easy when you have the right jig for clamping. But since the pieces are square then I just use masking tape and cellulose tape. The cellulose take can be pulled and can stretch back serving like a clamp.
Phase XI – Sanding and FINAL FINISH…..

Let us estimate that each phase will be allotted 1 day… total days is 11 scattered in several weekends. I started this around 1st week of December 2010 and finished last week of December.

Thanks a lot. In one of my comment last year I wished to do the next design pyramid effect…. It is under construction. (glueing stage at the moment).

Larry and Martyn,
I can not forget that both of you are behind my back in guiding me the process. I agree to both of you on several projects you have done there are exemplary things you will learn when you do it. Learning by mistake and avoiding it in the future is the secret of have it successfully awesome. Thanks.

Ken, Thanks. I am proud of the LJ who really appreciate the good effort but most of all, I am very proud telling you how I feel when I had accomplished the job…. a feeling of achievement in my life.

Grizzman, Thanks… By the weekend… will see how will it be… currently the board is displayed nicely in my kitchen but we have not cut any by use it as a coaster plate for those hot bowl of soup.. This time, I am feeling hungry for cornsoup….

-- Bert

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#11 posted 02-07-2011 08:25 PM

nice work Bert!

-- Safety first because someone needs you.

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