Tumbling block chopping board

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Project by cannondale posted 02-07-2011 10:20 AM 2410 views 4 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Like so many others on this site, I have been inspired to give things a go. Thanks to Degoose’s blog on how to do this, and many other project postings, I can finally post a project too.

Interestingly I have modified a radial arm saw to fit a router for surfacing ( a wanabe TWC) and also built a drum sander (idea from Lj’s projects again) to help with this project. That means that future projects will be easier to complete and that means more fun.

The timbers are New Zealand natives, Rimu (redish), Totara (dark) and Kahikatea (Light). The Rimu is recycled from an old house framing, the Totara was an old tree buried in a river for many years that my father in law discovered, retrieved and had milled. The Kahikatea is also from the in laws farm that was milled quite some time back. Finished with mineral oil.

Size 365×330 x 30 mm

Thanks again for the inspiration.

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#1 posted 02-07-2011 12:09 PM

Glad my blog was of help… you have made a wonderful job of this board… I think it is a real bugger to glue up… and get right… you have ….well done…
Very cool Bro…

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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Scott Bryan

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#2 posted 02-07-2011 03:01 PM

This is certainly a nice looking cutter. I am going to have to try one of these as well as they not only look good but appear to be a fun project.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#3 posted 02-07-2011 04:12 PM

Very nice indeed, the grain just add so much to the cube 3D effect…nice work and thanks for posting…BC

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#4 posted 02-07-2011 06:37 PM

Great work just made one myself thx to the boys on here.

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

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#5 posted 02-07-2011 08:06 PM

Looks great
Thanks for posting

-- Safety first because someone needs you.

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#6 posted 02-07-2011 08:17 PM

Great board. I like the grain.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#7 posted 02-08-2011 02:05 AM

Another inspiring piece. A few more of these and I will start my own. Great contrasts on the wood.

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

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#8 posted 02-08-2011 06:41 PM

Thank you all for your encouraging remarks.

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#9 posted 02-10-2011 11:18 PM

It’s so well done, I’d be reluctant to cut on it!

-- LittlePAW - The sweetest sound in my shop, next to Mozart, is what a hand plane makes slicing a ribbon.

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#10 posted 02-25-2011 11:41 PM

My Father in law has been having a bit of fun with this board. he showed it to the driver of the digger that pulled the Totara tree out of the river. ( This was over 20 years ago, so it brings much pleasure to them to see something made out of their labours) It is nice to have a bit of history in the wood that is used for a project.

Thanks for looking

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#11 posted 08-14-2011 05:23 AM

The grain really sets this board apart from all the others …fantastic 3 D effect : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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