Tumbling Block and Cafe Wall End Grain Cutting Boards

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Project by MarkJ posted 642 days ago 5996 views 30 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

You guys have all seen these done (better) by others on here, but here are mine. My dad asked for a cutting board for Christmas this year, so that’s how these got started. I wanted to do the tumbling block design but it made me nervous. I did a small test last year with the coaster project so I decided I was going to try it but wanted to have second cutting board in the bag… just in case. So I started with the cafe wall cutting board first and then the tumbling block. Both are made from walnut, cherry, and hard maple. Since the cherry in the cafe wall board is not actually end grain, I’m hoping it will darken over the next few months and throw some more contrast between it and the maple and hopefully this may help with the illusion. As it is now, you only see the illusion really well if you are a few feet away from it. That’s probably normal though.

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#1 posted 642 days ago

Love them :-)

I’m dying to make one of those QBert boards, though I fear my chops aren’t there yet.

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#2 posted 642 days ago

I like it a lot! Very artsy.


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#3 posted 642 days ago

I too have been wanting to try my hand at these designs. Great looking boards , well done !!!!

-- Everyone calls me Ed or Eddie , mom still calls me Edward if she is mad at me.

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#4 posted 642 days ago

great job

-- Joel

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#5 posted 642 days ago

These are amazing boards great job.

-- Custom furniture

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#6 posted 642 days ago

Mark, First off, well done! 2ndly… the cherry should darken nicely over time, I wouldn’t worry about it.

-- Ned - 2B1ASK1

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#7 posted 642 days ago

Great job ! Don’t sell your self short they look great! The masters on here will be pleased….

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#8 posted 642 days ago

Outstanding boards – well done, I especially like the tumbling blocks board.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#9 posted 642 days ago

I figured that the cafe wall board would be the easier of the two to make, but I’ve been wrong before. Nice looking boards.

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#10 posted 641 days ago

Nice work on these well done they look grand…BC

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#11 posted 641 days ago

I find these boards to be well made and are a credit to you…

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

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#12 posted 641 days ago

Those are so cool….thank you for sharing

-- Measure "at least" twice and cut once

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#13 posted 641 days ago

Those are some sweet cutting boards! Very nice Craftsmanship!

-- Dennis Zongker

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#14 posted 641 days ago

Looks great, you have greater courage than I…I’ve not yet attempted the tumbling blocks!

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#15 posted 641 days ago

WOW!!!!! Very beautiful boards.

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