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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#1 posted 01-02-2011 09:37 PM

Impressive.. better than my first attempt…

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#2 posted 01-02-2011 09:53 PM

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

Good Job,

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#3 posted 01-02-2011 10:01 PM

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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#4 posted 01-03-2011 12:48 AM

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

-- Bert

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#5 posted 01-03-2011 01:07 AM

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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#6 posted 01-03-2011 01:23 AM

Here is a great blog on how to make one:

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#7 posted 01-03-2011 01:38 AM

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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#8 posted 01-03-2011 01:40 AM

great job.

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

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#9 posted 01-03-2011 06:55 AM

Great job.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#10 posted 01-03-2011 06:53 PM

Very well done.

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

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#11 posted 01-04-2011 03:34 AM

Very nice looks good.

-- Monty Q, Columbia, South Carolina.

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#12 posted 01-04-2011 03:44 AM

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: ... My Small Gallery:"

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