Bulge Butcher Block

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Project by SASmith posted 11-11-2011 12:21 AM 11181 views 118 times favorited 49 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was my attempt at a “bulge illusion” butcher block.
The illusion is not as pronounced as I had hoped for.
The angle of viewing and distance seem to effect the illusion.
I see the illusion best in thumbnail pic 4 before it is clicked to be enlarged.

Pic 2 show curved handholds cut with a stack dado.
Pic 5 before mineral oil and beeswax were applied.

Book-match Black Walnut and Silver Maple

Thanks for looking.

-- Scott Smith, Southern Illinois

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#1 posted 11-11-2011 12:29 AM

Now look what you gone and done…now I gotta hava go at dis one..
I think though that the square plugs make the illusion better..

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

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#2 posted 11-11-2011 12:35 AM

I agree. Square would be better.
Not sure the best way to go about square plugs though.
I don’t think there is a mortise machine out the with enough throat to reach the middle of this board.
My drill press would not even reach the middle.

-- Scott Smith, Southern Illinois

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#3 posted 11-11-2011 12:46 AM

...but it is still very cool….nice job!!!

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#4 posted 11-11-2011 01:55 AM

Scott – this is very cool….....the stacked dado handles are pretty clever as well…..


-- Jeff - I have not failed. I've just found 10,002 ways that won't work.

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#5 posted 11-11-2011 02:10 AM

Jeepers, Scott.
That is truly amazing.

It just keeps getting better,

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#6 posted 11-11-2011 02:19 AM

Nice Board Scott, but I sense that we haven’t seen the last cutting board in this style.
I like the effect.

-- Mel,

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#7 posted 11-11-2011 02:34 AM

Illusion winner.


now I want to build a domino set. Don’t ask me why.

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#8 posted 11-11-2011 03:01 AM

thats sweet … how many hours went into that one?

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty

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#9 posted 11-11-2011 03:04 AM

Great Scott the Illusionist…sounds like a movie lol , this is a incredible board one for the fav. bookmark….BC

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#10 posted 11-11-2011 03:15 AM

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#11 posted 11-11-2011 03:23 AM

Very Cool!! Great job.

-- Dennis Zongker

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#12 posted 11-11-2011 05:02 AM

That is very cool!

I’m pretty sure that I will be doing my own version of it!

How big is it?

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#13 posted 11-11-2011 05:03 AM

Well done …very creative with great 3D effects : )

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

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#14 posted 11-11-2011 05:43 AM

That is just crazy looking! I love it.

-- I was born at a very young age, as I grew up, I got older.

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#15 posted 11-11-2011 07:02 AM

Very cool. I might have to try one someday.
You’re right, if you used square plugs it would probably be more pronounced.

Do you think it would still work if you notched the diagonal corners of the blocks and then put the square blocks in? Or would the plugs need to be “within” the blocks to work?

-- Create something everyday.

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