Escher/BritBoxmaker Inspired Board

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Project by jeepturner posted 01-08-2012 08:34 PM 4819 views 45 times favorited 36 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I first came across the idea of making an Escher cutting board while looking through all of BritBoxmakers well thought our and explained blogs. You can read about it here.
I have taken several pictures of the process I used to make my boards, with the idea that I would create a blog describing this project. I will make an attempt at it if I get a chance to sit down and work on it.
The board is made from cherry triangular centers with the connecting boxes made from purple heart, and the connecting struts made of maple.

I want to than BritBoxmaker for the inspiration, so Thank you.
This build really has tested my patience and challenged my creativity.

The challenge of getting tight joints and filling the inevitable gaps that resulted from pieces slipping around during clamping is evident in the boards. I don’t think I will be trying this again. I think I can put them to use on someones granite counter top as a pot holder, but due to the gaps in them I wouldn’t recommend using them as cutting boards.

Edited to add size. There are two boards(in case it wasn’t obvious) and each one measures about 10”x 16” x 1”.

I made a blog of the build for the top, click here

-- Mel,

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#1 posted 01-08-2012 08:39 PM

Wow that must have been a lot of work, really impressive

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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#2 posted 01-08-2012 08:41 PM

I second that WOW that’s one fantastic board Mel,great job.

-- Custom furniture

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#3 posted 01-08-2012 08:43 PM

One of the best I have seen.
I would love a blog on your method.

-- Scott Smith, Southern Illinois

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#4 posted 01-08-2012 10:06 PM

Thank you very much for the mention. I seem to remember avoiding slippage by making a hexagonal frame/clamp, which is obviously not going to get things tight enough for a cutting board, so well done on this.

Nowadays, thinking about it, I would probably cut this pattern in end grain and form triangular sticks using a technique I’ve seen Spalm use in his step cutting boards, blogged here .

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

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#5 posted 01-08-2012 10:09 PM

That is two of the finest boards I have EVER seen – simply phenomenal!

I, too, would love to see a blog on this.

Well done Mel!


-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: /

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#6 posted 01-08-2012 10:25 PM

Slippage aside… still a wonderful piece of work…

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

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#7 posted 01-08-2012 10:42 PM

Fantastic job Mel, this is one of thoes pieces that plays trick with your eyesight :))

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#8 posted 01-08-2012 11:02 PM

That is truly cool. I mean, wow cool.
I can only imagine making it ….

Good job,

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#9 posted 01-09-2012 12:16 AM

Thanks for all the nice comments.
Martyn, I did use the technique that I learned from Steve, when building the boards.
Thanks to all you guys, I never would have attempted them if I had not stumbled upon this web site and and benefited from the knowledge made available here.
They certainly aren’t perfect, although the second one is a lot closer. Maybe if I had enough time and wanted to torture myself again I would try for better.


-- Mel,

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#10 posted 01-09-2012 12:37 AM

you were either brave or goofy to make these intricate boards. I’m going with brave! What amazing boards.

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#11 posted 01-09-2012 01:11 AM

Ho-lee cajones. I admire your bravery on this project – I can’t even fathom what a pain glue-up must have been on this.

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#12 posted 01-09-2012 01:45 AM

I have favorited this for when iIretire and get really, really tired of being in the house. It looks like i can start to see the basic units, but I would appreciate the blog when you do it. As much as the learning that takes place, I get a lot of entertainment at what people think up! thanks

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

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#13 posted 01-09-2012 02:10 AM


-- I came, I was conquered, I was born again. ἵνα ὦσιν ἓν

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#14 posted 01-09-2012 02:58 AM

Now that’s pretty neat! Good stuff!

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#15 posted 01-09-2012 03:30 AM

Full of effort and patience. Accuracy is perfect.

-- Bert

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