Bulge illusion end grain cutting board

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Project by BurrOak posted 02-06-2013 09:36 AM 19242 views 17 times favorited 14 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

-- Talent on loan from God,

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#1 posted 02-06-2013 10:22 AM

These are always cool.

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#2 posted 02-06-2013 12:38 PM

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 02-06-2013 01:10 PM

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.

-- Talent on loan from God,

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#4 posted 02-06-2013 02:55 PM

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

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

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#5 posted 02-07-2013 04:06 AM

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 02-07-2013 05:07 AM

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 02-07-2013 08:56 AM

I think that’s outstanding. Well done

-- Mark

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#8 posted 02-07-2013 03:34 PM

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

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#9 posted 02-08-2013 12:43 AM

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

-- Milton Toal, Doncaster, Melbourne Australia.

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#10 posted 07-25-2014 02:41 PM

I’ve found a couple different post regarding the bulge illusion cutting board. I’d like to try my hand at one and in one of the post it states, ‘the next one will be endgrain’ That would mean the current version has side grain facing up and that would mean there are end grain butt glue joints all over the board. We all know gluing end grain usually creates a weak joint and I was wondering how the board has stood the test of time? Have you had any trouble with the end grain joints failing or cracking open?

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#11 posted 07-26-2014 12:06 AM

I haven’t experiment yet on larger or smaller squares and different pin sizes for a better illusion. You still have to glue strips together and resaw to get the checker board look. The only time I had trouble with glue joints was improper sawing for a tight joint. I believe the board would just as strong with end grain or side grain if properly sawn and glued.

-- Talent on loan from God,

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#12 posted 04-03-2016 05:34 PM

That is a fascinating pattern and quite beautiful.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#13 posted 09-18-2017 01:24 PM

Really nice design. Great job bud.

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#14 posted 09-18-2017 08:57 PM

Wow. Love it.

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