Tumbling block cutting board

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Project by jasondain posted 11-24-2012 03:22 PM 30558 views 21 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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This is a project I built a while ago and thought I would post as I’m currently building another one for a someone for a christmas gift. It is made from Maple, Walnut and Cherry and the stock was planed to 1” thick before cutting the diamond shapes and glued up into the intermediate shapes. The “sausages” were then chopped to a consistent thickness of about 1 1/2” thick on the tablesaw and then glued together. I have yet to find a really good way to glue these up but have found a few jigs on here that have helped. Once glued up, I flattened with my low angle block and smoothing plane with 25 degree blades. Once flat and mostly smooth, I tackled with 80 through 220 grit sandpaper. Finish was 1 coat of tung oil to bring out the grain then Claphams salad bowl finish for protection. I also attach non-skid feet to the bottom to keep the bottom dry and make it more stable.

Thanks to Degoose for posting instructions on how to do this.

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#1 posted 11-24-2012 03:45 PM

Great work!!! That is a lot of forethought and cutting but the end result is wonderful!!!!!!!

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#2 posted 11-24-2012 04:41 PM

this is an amazing board love that tumbling block design .

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#3 posted 11-24-2012 05:40 PM

Great work!

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#4 posted 11-24-2012 06:33 PM

Very impressive for a first attempt…

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#5 posted 11-24-2012 07:32 PM


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#6 posted 11-24-2012 09:50 PM

Very nice, I like the 3D effect in the cutting board!

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#7 posted 11-25-2012 12:05 AM

Very well done, I have been wanting to try this pattern

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#8 posted 11-25-2012 12:51 AM

Not a easy one to build and this came out great love the chice of woods…BC

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#9 posted 11-25-2012 04:34 AM

thats a great looking board , one day may try this one

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#10 posted 11-25-2012 05:13 AM

Simply..awesome work!

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