Bump End Grain Cutting Board "AKA Attempt at the famous Bulge"

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Project by omextreme posted 693 days ago 3108 views 31 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is my attempt at the “bulge” cutting board made by some of the others on the forums. Was fun to build but my issue is I cannot see the illusion. I think next time I will move the inset pegs closer to the corners of each block and maybe that will make the effect more visible. Was fun to build so not all is lost.

1”x1” squares of hard maple and walnut with 1/4” square plugs.
Glued up the strips, cut them 1.25” long. Turned them on end and used the mortiser to punch square holes in each strip. Then glued up the board. After inserting all the pegs and alowing to dry I trimmed them flush with the bandsaw and ran the whole thing through the drum sander down to 220. Final rou and orbutal sanding to smooth.

Well on to the next cutting board, Funny that even though I think it have a great furniture building woodshop it seems I cannot get away from these silly little projects… (silly is not used in a bad way, just not what i envisioned myself enjoying creating in the shop….)

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#1 posted 693 days ago

What you call a silly little project is really lovely. It shows you put allot of work into this one. One question. On the second picture I can see where you have glued up some of the plugs…what step did you use next… Just wondered why they are glued like that.

Thanks for sharing

-- Larry in sunny and warm Hawaii,

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#2 posted 693 days ago

Looks good from here. I can see the bump in the picture.

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#3 posted 693 days ago

A proper bulge!

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

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Jamie Speirs

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#4 posted 693 days ago

Omex, looks good from here

There is a tv ad in the UK for glasses and their

slogan is;

You should have gone to Specsavers

It looks good and if Martyn says there is a bulge

I would go with him every time. :)

Put it on the wall and enjoy it, I’m sure

everyone else will


-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#5 posted 693 days ago

Shucks, not sure where you don’t see the bulge? Saw it in the thumb nail- biggest reason I opened it up! Saving to favorites- gonna attempt this myself…

Looks awesome!

-- Matt

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#6 posted 693 days ago

I see the bulge quite clearly. Very well done. These 3D boards take a good bit of time and show great craftsmanship when done correctly which you have certainly accomplished in this board and I don’t see them as silly little projects at all. Thanks for posting and I’ll favorite this one.

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#7 posted 693 days ago

I also as well too see the bulge.

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

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#8 posted 693 days ago

Almost appears to be a depression versus a bulge , kind of like a shallow bowl , but what do I know . Nice looking board either way : )

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

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#9 posted 693 days ago

Wow that’s very creative. That came together extremely well. Judges give….5 stars!

-- -James, Sumerville SC

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#10 posted 692 days ago

I agree saw the buldge in the thumnail great project….want to try one someday

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#11 posted 692 days ago

I bulges fine from here…

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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