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First Attempt At Tumbling Blocks!

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I’ve always thought that this was a cool pattern and I finally got to try it. For a first attempt at such a challenging pattern I’m pretty impressed with the results. It is made from end grain maple, oak, and poplar sanded to 1000 grit and finished with danish oil. The biggest challenge was getting the saw set perfectly to 30 degrees as being slightly off would leave a lot of gaps. I used a Wixey angle gauge to set the blade and I got it really good. I then ripped three strips of each type of wood and glued them up into a log which looked like a really long hexagon. The log was then cut in 5/8 of an inch segments which would be the thickness of the cutting board. I made sure that I carefully set up a stop on the chop saw to get every piece the exact same size to reduce the amount of levelling later. Glue up was the next step and the part that you have to be most carefull. I carefully worked through it to get it as gap free as possible but still got small gaps but they were easy to fix. After the glue cured I started levelling it with a belt sander. Luckily there wasn’t that much levelling to do since I got the glue up really good. It was then sanded to 1000 grit and given a couple coats of danish oil and it’s looking good!





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degoose

6883 posts in 1854 days


#1 posted 1201 days ago

Impressive.. better than my first attempt…

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

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SPalm

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#2 posted 1201 days ago

Congrats. That is not an easy pattern, and you pulled it off.

Good Job,
Steve

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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woodman71

144 posts in 1824 days


#3 posted 1201 days ago

I think you did a great job I have not try this but its on the to do list I hope my first try comes out as good as yours

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BertFlores58

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#4 posted 1201 days ago

The best I could see in this is the grain pattern aligned perfectly. Excellent.

-- Bert

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RKW

326 posts in 1947 days


#5 posted 1201 days ago

nice job, after recently finishing my first cutting board i was thinking about doing something challenging like this one, can you recommend any good resources?

-- RKWoods

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Dustmite97

430 posts in 1720 days


#6 posted 1201 days ago

Here is a great blog on how to make one:
http://lumberjocks.com/degoose/blog/10460

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Ken90712

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#7 posted 1201 days ago

Great job, and to get Praise from some of the Very Talanted Board makers on here should mean alot! Well done….

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

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bigike

4028 posts in 1788 days


#8 posted 1201 days ago

great job.

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop, http://www.icombadaniels@yahoo.com

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lanwater

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#9 posted 1200 days ago

Great job.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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BritBoxmaker

4279 posts in 1536 days


#10 posted 1200 days ago

Very well done.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging. http://www.theartofboxes.com

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Monty Queen

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#11 posted 1199 days ago

Very nice looks good.

-- Monty Q, Columbia, South Carolina.

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Joe Lyddon

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#12 posted 1199 days ago

A very good 1st try…

One of these days, I will have to see how it’s done & give it a try…

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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