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Project by WoodenSoldier posted 891 days ago 2833 views 16 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My attempt at a bubbled cutting board after being inspired by SASmith’s piece (http://lumberjocks.com/projects/55721). Scott was disappointed with the amount of “bulge” that he had, but it definitely had a more pronounced effect than mine. Maybe next time I’ll use walnut and maple instead of cherry/maple. More contrast might make it pop a little bit.

Still cool, and pretty easy though. I’m giving it to a co-worker.

-- Create something everyday.





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waho6o9

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#1 posted 891 days ago

Excellent board, your co-worker will appreciate it. Good job.

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SASmith

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#2 posted 891 days ago

It looks good to me. Thanks for the mention.

-- Scott Smith, Southern Illinois

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Diggerjacks

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#3 posted 891 days ago

Hello WoodenSoldier

Nicely done

The effect is beautiful

Thanks for sharing

-- Diggerjack-France ---The only limit is the limit of the mind and the mind has no limit

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degoose

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#4 posted 891 days ago

Fabulous.

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

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cstrang

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#5 posted 891 days ago

Looks great, think i may have to try my hand at this one of these days… I really like optical illusions in wood. nice one!

-- A hammer dangling from a wall will bang and sound like work when the wind blows the right way.

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deon

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#6 posted 891 days ago

looks good to me

-- Dreaming patterns

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kody

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#7 posted 891 days ago

fantastic. nicely done..

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Kevin May

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#8 posted 891 days ago

Looks great. A future project for me for sure.

-- Kevin May "Making wood useful and fun!" www.kevinmaywoodworks.com

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jasoncarpentry

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#9 posted 890 days ago

OK, I give up! How the heck did you make it? Or is that a closely guarded trade secret?

-- Jim in Tennessee

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WoodenSoldier

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#10 posted 889 days ago

It’s actually pretty simple, but it is a little time consuming cutting all the dowels and gluing them in.
Just build a regular checkered end-grain cutting board (make sure it’s square and has an odd number of rows in both the vertical and horizontal directions), then mark the locations of the holes and drill them.

I just marked all four sides of the board and created a grid before taking it to the drill press and drilling it out.
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Here it is with most of the holes drilled into it. I had to go back and add holes into 8 more blocks to complete the illusion later.
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I made the mistake of making the cutting board first with an even number of rows which won’t work. I had to go back and mill more wood and add a row to either side which was not nearly as easy as making it right the first time.

-- Create something everyday.

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ednl

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#11 posted 585 days ago

WoodenSoldier – Just curious… how does size of the “dots” (dowels) affect the illusion ? Is there an ideal proportional relationship between the size of the squares and the dots ? Great looking board !! Thank you for your service.

ed

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