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Project by nonickswood posted 03-04-2013 at 06:45 AM 2093 views 11 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Everyone is making these; I had to give it try.
I didn’t have a digital angle reader, so I drew a 60 degree angle with a protractor and cut it out, (last photo)
then used it to set table saw angle, worked great first time!
There are a few flaws but not bad for first attempt.
It’s not very big, 8” x 12” x 1” – next time I’ll go bigger!

Finish; Mineral oil & Beeswax.
Wood; Cherry, Maple, Black-walnut.

Thanks for looking!

Here are some more photos if you would like to look.
Tumbling Blocks Board

-- Nick, Virginia,

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#1 posted 03-04-2013 at 07:13 AM

Very nice, I also have done about about 10 of these, they require a great deal of precision. I did buy a tiltbox for my tablesaw to get the precise angle. The other thing that I found to work good was using surgical tubing to wrap the long lengths of the hexagons. This puts an enormous amount of pressure on the glue joint. I always used Titebond III as it dries dark and helps fill any small voids. You will get lots of great comments on this one.

-- Glenn, Nova Scotia

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#2 posted 03-04-2013 at 07:20 AM

Wow looks great, I might have to try my hand at one of these!

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#3 posted 03-04-2013 at 07:25 AM

Looks great!

-- Dreaming patterns

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#4 posted 03-04-2013 at 07:38 AM

Good job Nick.
Those are fun to make. Precision cutting is important and makes assembly eaiser.

Looks great,

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#5 posted 03-04-2013 at 08:14 AM

I think you did a wonderful job of creating the 3d effect.

-- Flaws are only in the eye of the artisan!

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#6 posted 03-04-2013 at 08:18 AM


Love the clamping setup, too!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#7 posted 03-04-2013 at 11:54 AM

Good job…

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

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#8 posted 03-04-2013 at 12:20 PM

great looking board

-- Joe, Ga

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#9 posted 03-04-2013 at 03:59 PM

Like it, great job.

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#10 posted 03-04-2013 at 05:51 PM

Nice, Nick, Nice !!!

-- Pete, "It isn't broken, you just aren't using it right."

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#11 posted 03-14-2013 at 07:32 PM


This looks really nice. I was a math teacher for many years and a big fan of M.C. Escher. I have done a lot of vertical grain cutting boards and toyed with this idea. I think you have pushed me over the edge to actually try this type.

-- Reid, Northern California

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#12 posted 03-16-2013 at 05:59 PM

Holy Cow Nick. That’s a true beauty. You painted a wall and you had to go and do it in wood didn’t you? I say – why waste a great vision.

Outstanding work sir.

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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