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Project by ytsejamr posted 708 days ago 5095 views 53 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made 3 of these earlier this year. These are maple and walnut.

I found a similar looking board online, but it was not an end grain board.

I really liked the pattern, and as it turns out . . . it was kind of difficult to figure out how to do it in end grain. So much so, that I had to create an Excel file to figure out all my widths and thicknesses.

The proces to make these involves a lot of planing and a lot of waste. I probably won’t ever make a board like this again. Too much waste and too much work.

But they turned out pretty cool. :-)

-Brian





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GlennM

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#1 posted 708 days ago

This intrigues me, you have done a great job. Would you share your process or excel file?

-- Glenn, Nova Scotia

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dakremer

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#2 posted 708 days ago

very nice job! I’ve wanted to try something like this for a while….but like you said….its way too much work

-- Hey you dang woodchucks, quit chucking my wood!!!!

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RetiredCoastie

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#3 posted 708 days ago

Beautiful pattern and execution. These 3D cutting boards do take a lot of work but they are fun and when you pull it off it gives you satisfaction in knowing you can do it. Thanks for posting!

P.S. Your other projects are just as beautiful and show a high degree of craftsmanship. Great work!

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Paul Stoops

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#4 posted 708 days ago

Nice job! A very striking pattern. But like you said, way too much work.

-- Paul, Auburn, WA

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wunderaa

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#5 posted 708 days ago

Very nice work!

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ytsejamr

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#6 posted 708 days ago

Funny you should ask. For some reason when I made these, I wrote up some instructions on how to do it.

Here you go

Don’t say I didn’t warn you. What I don’t mention in there is that you probably need much longer boards to start with, otherwise you don’t have a long enough piece to plane. Since I was making 3, I thought I had enough, but I ended up having to double stick tape the glue ups to a planer sled because they were too small to plane by themselves.

PITA

:-)

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Monte Pittman

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#7 posted 708 days ago

You may not do it again, but you can always show you did it. Looks great.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability

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roer

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#8 posted 708 days ago

Nice !

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MonteCristo

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#9 posted 708 days ago

Extremely nice ! One of the best yet I would say (and there are a lot of cutting boards on LJs !) Sorta looks like the top is curved like an old TV screen in the face on pix – very cool visual effect ( or is it my buggy eyes ??).

Any iodea why the design is called “Gaussian” ? After Karl Frederick Gauss I assume.

-- Dwight - "Free legal advice available - contact Dewey, Cheetam & Howe""

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ytsejamr

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#10 posted 708 days ago

I called it “Gaussian” because the thickness of each row (in both directions) kind of follows a gaussian curve.

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308Gap

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#11 posted 708 days ago

If you stare at it starts moving. It has a pillow look in the first pic. Ok now I’m sea sick…..

-- Thank You Veterans!

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CharlieM1958

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#12 posted 707 days ago

Amazing effect! (And great instructions, too!)

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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HighRockWoodworking

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#13 posted 707 days ago

Love the effect and great work! Thanks for providing your instructions, I may have to put this on my list of projects. Does the board give as dramatic effect in person as the pictures look?

-- Chris Adkins, http://highrockwoodworking.com/

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Dark_Lightning

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#14 posted 707 days ago

I like this! Looks sort of like a 2-dimensional Gaussian distribution. I wouldn’t make one for general use, though; I wouldn’t be able to slice mushrooms on it.

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mmh

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#15 posted 707 days ago

This is a beauty! I would love to have one of these adorn my kitchen or better, as a center piece for my dining room table. I do think I may get dizzy while cutting veggies! Nicely done!

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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