Bulge Cutting Board

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Project by Max posted 12-25-2013 10:15 PM 3609 views 33 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a Bulge End Grain Cutting Board that I made my wife for Christmas 2013. It is made from Walnut and Maple with 1/4” maple and walnut end grain dowels (plugs). Made the plugs from cut offs with my tapering plug cutter. The first picture is of the finished board on Christmas morning, pictures 2 and 3 prior to finish, 3 and 5 just after putting finish on and picture 6 of the finished board again. It is 16 1/8” square and 1 1/4” thick. It is finished with Salad Bowl finish diluted with mineral spirits 50/50. It is designed after Scott Smith's cutting board. I would like to thank Scott for answering questions in regards to the placement of the dowels. He was a great help.

Like the other cutting board that I made for her, she say’s she will not cut on it but rather prop it up in the kitchen to look at…..

It was fun to build.

-- Max "Desperado", Salt Lake City, UT

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#1 posted 12-25-2013 10:24 PM

Sweet one Max.

That design is so weird. You have to pull away from it to make it distort. Then move in again and there is no illusion.

Very well done. All aligned and really clean. Good job.

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#2 posted 12-25-2013 10:27 PM


Thanks so much for the compliment, it is appreciated. I tell ya when your working on it and putting the plugs in you have to step away for a bit or it makes your eyes go weird…..

-- Max "Desperado", Salt Lake City, UT

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#3 posted 12-25-2013 10:31 PM

Weird and wonderful…

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

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#4 posted 12-25-2013 10:35 PM

Great work!

-- Dreaming patterns

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#5 posted 12-25-2013 10:49 PM

You nailed it. I’m glad I could help.
Thanks for the mention.

-- Scott Smith, Southern Illinois

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#6 posted 12-26-2013 12:26 AM

well done bud !

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#7 posted 12-26-2013 01:37 AM

@degoose, Thanks for the kind words.
@deon, Appreciate the compliment.
@Scott, Thanks for all the help and the compliment.
@Dan, Appreciate your compliment.

-- Max "Desperado", Salt Lake City, UT

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#8 posted 12-26-2013 01:53 AM

WOW! Hurts my eyes to look at it. Nicely done. Did you go cross eyed?

-- John, Colorado's (Wooden Wizard)

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#9 posted 12-26-2013 02:26 AM

You did a really spectacular job on this board !

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#10 posted 12-26-2013 02:45 AM

@John, Thanks for the compliment. It did make me go cross eyed while I was working on it…..

@Dusty, Thank you so very much for the compliment, its appreciated.

-- Max "Desperado", Salt Lake City, UT

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#11 posted 12-26-2013 10:39 AM

Very cool Max.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#12 posted 12-26-2013 01:45 PM

Love it !.... Perfectly executed !.... Thanks for sharing all the info….added to my favorites

-- Measure "at least" twice and cut once

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#13 posted 12-26-2013 03:03 PM

@stefang, Thank you.

@kdc68, I appreciate the very kind words.

-- Max "Desperado", Salt Lake City, UT

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#14 posted 12-26-2013 04:13 PM

Max, a splendid board. Very pronounced bulge.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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#15 posted 12-26-2013 04:20 PM

@BritBoxmaker, Thank you for the compliment. One of my goals with this board was to make the bulge really stand out.

-- Max "Desperado", Salt Lake City, UT

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