How to make a endgrain tumbling block butcher block board!

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Blog entry by degoose posted 08-12-2009 12:13 PM 292258 reads 467 times favorited 58 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hi guys ,, I had a request to make a tutorial with regards the endgrain Tumbling Block Design.
First off,.., You need to decide the size of the blocks…. for this example I used 1” stock… Or something similar.. actually just over .. once dressed.

Set the blade of the table saw to 60 degrees.. a bevel box makes this simple

I use the INCRA fence system so it is easy to rip bevels off side of the blade.

Once the bevels are ripped measure the length of the bevel and move the fence that distance plus the kerf and 1mm [ 1/25 “] for the variation of the kerf due to the angle. For my diamonds, the fence was moved 1 13/16 ” to cut 1 9/16” Bevel rip again. Do this for all three timbers.. I did it twice for all three…

I glue all three different timber diamonds together and clamp.[ ensure the grains of all three are perpendicular to each other..].


then cut to the required depth/ length and then glue up.


.With different size stock.
Any questions PM me.

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#1 posted 08-12-2009 12:22 PM

Hi Larry this was very informative

all I need now to do this is

The wood
A Saw that tilts
A bevel Box
an incra fence system

yeah i think that just about covers it

Hey maybe you just want to ship me yours



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#2 posted 08-12-2009 12:25 PM

So you do have the clamps and the glue.!!

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#3 posted 08-12-2009 12:27 PM

sure do all good workshops have those

-- Happiness is a way of travel , not a destination (Roy Goodman)

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#4 posted 08-12-2009 12:28 PM

Thanks for the instruction. It’s people like you who get me started using jigs and seeing things in a particular way and the next thing I’m on the road to making pretty stuff.

-- Working at Woodworking

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#5 posted 08-12-2009 12:33 PM

thanks i always wanted to make something like this. thanks very much for the article will give it a try

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#6 posted 08-12-2009 12:36 PM

You are so clever!!!!
I have been hoping you’d post this!
It is on my “to do in the next month” list already!
Thank you Larry.

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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#7 posted 08-12-2009 01:12 PM

I know this sounds strange, but I just made one today! (well, I saw your prototype in one of the earlier posts).

I don’t have neither the bevel box nor the incra, so i’ll give my 2c:

to set the blade to 30/60 degrees (depends if you look at the half full or half empty), i cut a block on my mitre saw 30 degrees. as the mitre saw is pretty accurate and you can cut a 2×4, you get pretty good reference.

I did the math beforehand. first, the first cut to remove the end of the board (my blade also tilt toward the fence, so this is a tricky cut). now, measure the length of the beveled cut. the fence should be 1.5 times this length from the base of the blade. it pays to mill an additional piece of pine scrap to test that your piece is good (all sides should be equal).

-- The woods are lovely, dark and deep, but I have promises to keep...

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#8 posted 08-12-2009 02:08 PM

You glue a to tab b then b then glue what at 90 degree centegrade, whats a milimeter. Hey I’m lost, will you repeat that. Ah, nevermind.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#9 posted 08-12-2009 02:13 PM

Thanks Larry! That is what I as looking for, nice to get up and see something like this…

-- //FC - Round Rock, TX - "Experience is what you get just after you need it"

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#10 posted 08-12-2009 02:40 PM

I wish you would of posted this last week toucans. Your way is a whole lot easier thank for sharing with the crew. Blkcherry

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#11 posted 08-12-2009 02:57 PM

that beats gluing 1 piece at a time. thats how i was doing it
will make some more this way looks a lot easer
thanks a lot

-- self proclaimed copycat

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#12 posted 08-12-2009 03:12 PM

Nice to see you have crossed over to the dark side, lol

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#13 posted 08-12-2009 05:11 PM

that looks too easy. are you messing with us? Just kidding. I know getting a good tight fit is tougher than it looks. nice work!

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#14 posted 08-12-2009 06:28 PM

Thanks alot Larry, this was a big help…............ now I may actually get down to business and make one!!!

-- Gene, Majestic Eagle Woodworks,,

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#15 posted 08-12-2009 06:41 PM

Awesome, it don’t get no better than that. Seems like a great project for a diversion.

-- Don, Pittsburgh

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