Bulge illusion end grain cutting board

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Project by BurrOak posted 518 days ago 2802 views 12 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here’s my attempt at a Bulge illusion end grain cutting board.
I was a little disappointed in the illusion but does show better in pictures.
The 1 1/2 inch board is 13 1/2 inches square with 7/8 inch blocks and 1/4 inch dowels.
The wood is hard maple and black walnut. I did fill in more dowels to the outside corners.
I doweled only one side and will try using 3/16 inch dowels on the other side hoping
for a better illusion, unless someone else can give me some advice

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Monte Pittman

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#1 posted 518 days ago

These are always cool.

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#2 posted 518 days ago

I’ve seen a few of these on here and always wonder how people go about making them. Do you make them board and then painstakingly go back and drill every little hole and glue a dowel in?

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#3 posted 518 days ago

Marcus, I did drill the dowel holes after making the board. I used a drill press which speeded up the process.
But it still took about 3 hours of drilling and plugging. I drilled about a half inch deep and tried to hammer set the dowels which didn’t work. Use a block of wood to hand press into the bottom of hole which gave the glue a chance to ooze out.

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#4 posted 518 days ago

What a cool board and nice job. I looks great…..

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

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#5 posted 517 days ago

Very clever! It looks to me like your illusion came thru loud and clear, especially on the straight on view. Good job!

-- Paul, Auburn, WA

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#6 posted 517 days ago

This illusion is good enough to make you want to sand it or plane it flat, very good illusion and execution!

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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#7 posted 517 days ago

I think that’s outstanding. Well done

-- Mark

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#8 posted 517 days ago

Awesome board! Looks really bulging or is it my eyes, interesting and effective design.

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Milton Toal

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#9 posted 517 days ago

Lovely board. I shall have to try one. Well done.

-- Milton Toal, Doncaster, Melbourne Australia.

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