Tumbling Block Cutting Board Proto Type.

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Project by Ken90712 posted 02-06-2011 08:51 PM 6238 views 7 times favorited 27 comments Add to Favorites Watch

When I first discover Lumberjocks I was amazed at some of the cutting boards one here. The “Woodwhisper” is responsible for my first End Grain Cutting Board being made. While I have made over 100 boards thus far, this cutting board truly amazed me when I first looked at it.

Degoose is where I first found this. He made a great Blog sharing how to do this with anyone that wanted to learn.

I have become friends with many Great Board makers and have learned from all of them. Like Spalm, Degoose, DaN, Jayman7, Hypnos, doct & lumberdustjohn and many more!!!!!!

This was a project that I worked on in between other projects or glue ups. While these are tricky to make, I learned a lot making this first one. It’s made from Walnut, maple & cherry. The frame is walnut and I cut in splines with maple.

Hope you like it, Thx everyone.

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

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#1 posted 02-06-2011 09:02 PM

Fantastic. I dont know that I would call it a prototype, It looks good to me. Nice grain orientation and splined miters.

-- Scott Smith, Southern Illinois

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#2 posted 02-06-2011 09:03 PM

Hi Ken;

Great job on this.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#3 posted 02-06-2011 09:33 PM

Really COOL, Ken… Those blocks really TUMBLE good!

Thank you.

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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#4 posted 02-06-2011 09:36 PM

The french woodcrafters who designed these “Louis Cubes” would be proud.. nicely executed… good choice of timber and nice touch with the splines in the frame…

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#5 posted 02-06-2011 09:56 PM

Nice choice of woods for the tumbling blocks and nice glue up on them. I found this site as a link from the Wood Whisperer’s web site also.

I have to ask about the frame though. If the panel is tight in the frame, the wood expansion in the end grain will crack the frame. If your panel is floating, and has room for expansion, and contraction then you wouldn’t have that issue. Did you see the WoodWhisperer’s cutting board disaster video?
I know that was an extreme case, but because it is end grain and wood expands at different rates depending on grain orientation, with the least expansion along the grain, the long grain of your frame will try to resist the movement of the panel.
I am not an expert on wood movement and I am sure there are some on this site though. I am bringing this up respectfully, because maybe one of the experts could chime in on it.

-- Mel,

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#6 posted 02-06-2011 10:47 PM

Great work it has that MC Escher look.


-- An investment in knowledge pays the best interest. Benjamin Franklin

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#7 posted 02-07-2011 12:00 AM

Hey Ken, this turn out very cool, I like the framing and the added splines with the nicely fitted cubes. Larry right on, the Louie Cube Club would extended a membership your way. Nice done my friend…BC,

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#8 posted 02-07-2011 02:06 AM

Love the wood combinations! They look so great together.


-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#9 posted 02-07-2011 02:18 AM

Beautiful prototype! I wouldn’t worry about wood movement. It will probably be hung on the wall and if sealed well, it will not experience any added moisture. Who would ever cut on it? I’m still thinking about trying one of these. Good inspiration to see others take it on.

-- Robert, so much inspiration here, and now time to work!!!

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#10 posted 02-07-2011 09:38 AM

Ah shoot….Now you gone and did it! Is this for you or a customer?

what size did it end up?

-- Childress Woodworks

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#11 posted 02-07-2011 02:21 PM

The spline joint is also very nice!

I have had some crack and some that do not.
The wood that I use is scrap pieces from someone else.

My frames are very tight and the frames have not split. Sometimes some of the blocks do..

-- Safety first because someone needs you.

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#12 posted 02-07-2011 03:23 PM

Prototype, not.
Very well done, my friend.

I believe cracking/wood movement is a crap shoot on these kind of things. Some will, others will not. This particular design has grain going all over the place. But, heh, what do I know.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#13 posted 02-07-2011 04:35 PM

Gorgeous Ken. I look forward to giving the cutting boards a try sometime soon. Thanks too for the info resource list.

-- Rick, Tennessee, John 3:16

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#14 posted 02-07-2011 06:21 PM

So nice, I have to give this game some time once.
At least to make my own backgammon game…
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#15 posted 02-07-2011 06:34 PM

Thx everyone! I have to agree on the woodmovement. Its a a roll of the dice. I don’t think it will used and it sealed so well it shouldnt be a problem. The grain is all over the place as well. I’ll keep you informed.

Thx again.

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

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