Cutting Board

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Project by Justin57 posted 10-26-2011 07:49 PM 2088 views 17 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Came across a picture of an optical illusion that I thought might make a cool end grain cutting board. This is purpleheart and hard maple, 1 1/2” thick and approx. 14×17 1/2

-- North Carolina Woodworker

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#1 posted 10-26-2011 07:58 PM

Great board!. I would like to see a write up on this.

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#2 posted 10-26-2011 08:21 PM


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#3 posted 10-26-2011 11:48 PM

This is some great work. The illusion is called the “cafe wall”.

I tried this as well in the past but left out the row dividers – wasn’t nearly as effective at tricking the eye as yours is. Very interesting to learn what a simple strip of darker wood adds to the illusion.

Excellent job!


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#4 posted 10-27-2011 01:15 AM

Looks real nice. I would like to know how you did this, too.

-- Steve, South Carolina,

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#5 posted 10-27-2011 02:19 AM

I just did a glue up as though making a checker board but instead of flipping every other row (after crosscutting and rotating 90 degrees so end grain is facing up), I inserted the thin strips and slid the rows (starting with 2nd row), …left 1/3, left 1/3, right 1/3, right 1/3, left 1/3, left 1/3, right 2/3. Glue this up being very careful the pieces don’t slide on you while clamping. Once this glue up dries, I use the bottom row as a guide and trim off the ends. Sand it, seal it, use it.

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#6 posted 10-27-2011 03:35 AM

That’s wild! After first looking at it I’d swear the rows angled into each other. Well Done!

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#7 posted 10-27-2011 10:59 AM

Great rendition of the Cafe Wall.

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#8 posted 10-27-2011 06:00 PM

Good work. I liked this design as well (Cafe Wall Illusion)

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#9 posted 10-28-2011 05:05 PM

great job!

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