Double Tumble Cutting Board

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Blog entry by SPalm posted 05-31-2011 03:11 AM 66029 reads 180 times favorited 41 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Or maybe I should call it Two and a Half Steps. Anyway, I cannot believe that I am building another one of these, but heck, they are so much fun. This is a continuing saga of endgrain geometric boards using three contrasting woods. A light color, medium color, and dark wood selection are jointed and planed to the same thickness.

I started by tilting the blade to 60 degrees and ripping an edge on all three boards. I then moved the blade over about an inch and ripped again creating a small parallelogram – move and repeat one more time. I then used a ripping sled with hold-downs to do the remaining cuts, creating trapezoids. The height and width are not as critical in this design, but all of the trapezoids must be the same size. I ripped twice as many trapezoids as I did parallelograms.
Using the ripping sled.

So I ended up with pieces like this.

And the whole collection looks like this.

I took three different woods and glued them into sticks. Note that I let the parallelogram hang over the edges. There were two sets of three different arrangements.

I then did a possibly controversial operation. I moved the ripping sled to the left side of the blade. This is potentially not a good idea, as the part being ripped may become trapped between the blade and the fence. But since I was using the sled, I found that I had large handles to hold and was able to complete this operation without any problems or safety concern. This allowed me to trim the three piece assembly into a perfect parallelogram. This was a really cool feature of this build. The size of this parallelogram is not important as long as all the sticks are the same size. Again, no measuring. I found that a rough rip followed by a paper thin rip produced the best results.

I then glued a stop block and an old cut-off on the ripping sled. With my miter gauge I now used it as a cross-cut sled. I cut the sticks into about 1.25 inch blocks.

Seeing a complicated glue-up ahead, I did a small bit of subassembly work. My thought process was that I would only glue two pieces together, as this would introduce a bit of randomness into the glue lines that were bound to appear. Not sure it worked, but that was the plan. I also cut four pieces in half so the pattern would end correctly.

And here it is. It has a very rough sanding job and a wipe down of mineral spirits. But I just had to share.

I will post it to the project section when it is all cleaned up and oiled.
It is now Posted Here.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#1 posted 05-31-2011 03:18 AM

very nice post, it’s an informative one I love it. Now to just try my hand at it, THANKS!

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop, http://[email protected]

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#2 posted 05-31-2011 03:19 AM

Wow, that’s another one that i want to try! Thanks for the idea


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#3 posted 05-31-2011 03:25 AM

No Steve… I am finished with these.. maybe…

-- Be safe.

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#4 posted 05-31-2011 03:27 AM

Damn, that is that fantastic – it looks like you can step inside of it and hop on the blocks!

If the last picture is a “rough finish” I can’t wait to see it with all the rough edges taken off. ;-)

Great work Steve!


-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: [email protected] /

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#5 posted 05-31-2011 03:36 AM

Steve to much free time, this one is so cool its mesmerizing. Nice work on all the jigs as well, thank for posting…BC

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#6 posted 05-31-2011 03:52 AM

Thank you, Steve!


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#7 posted 05-31-2011 04:12 AM

Hey Steve – yet another great original design…...this is superb! Thanks for the blog.


-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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#8 posted 05-31-2011 04:13 AM

Steve: A great tutorial and a nice job on the design.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#9 posted 05-31-2011 05:03 AM

Very impressive.
You’re always raising the bar with these cutting boards.
I’m glad you’re posting the tutorials for these boards.
It gives us LJ’s a greater appreciation for the work that you put into these.

-- I'm a Fungi --

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#10 posted 05-31-2011 06:24 AM

Nice work, it is an exciting project. I look forward to seeing it

-- Bob Kenosha Wi.

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#11 posted 05-31-2011 06:28 AM

Hi steve,

great job.
I have been looking at this design for quite a while and could not figure a way to come up
with clean and precise cut. I must say I was concern for my digits.

I was looking at a quilt pattern I called “cube in a cube” and that looks excately like it.

You definetely thinks outside the cube.

Now all I have to do is follow you blog.


-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#12 posted 05-31-2011 07:10 AM

Man, your freak’n me out. Looks great….....

-- mike...............

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#13 posted 05-31-2011 01:35 PM

Great work Steve – I really like the end result. I wonder what would happen if you glued up this design and turned a bowl or plate?

-- DonH Orleans Ontario

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#14 posted 05-31-2011 01:47 PM

Very cool effect! Now you just need to inlay a little mouse about to jump off one of the blocks. :)

-- "The way to make a small fortune in woodworking- start with a large one"

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#15 posted 05-31-2011 02:37 PM

cool idea thanks for sharing i have a kot of scraps that are close to this shap time to go out and see what i can make

-- self proclaimed copycat

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