The Making of My Escher Cutting Board/Box Top

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Blog entry by jeepturner posted 03-23-2012 02:35 AM 6076 reads 20 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So some time ago I posted my Escher cutting boards. I promised a blog on how I made them.
I hesitated to write this blog because of the time involved and that my blog will in no way come close to the well laid out blogs done by some of our more talented members.

Of course I never would have attempted this project before I was inspired by this guy:

who puts out incredible blogs like this one
Martyn took a line drawing from thought to art and I read every line.

Then I also had read another fantastic blog by this guy:

He explained how to take an idea to reality in this blog here
and this blog here

I stood on their shoulders and made this

It all started as slats

I took the slats and glued them together like this

Once they were re-cut into three pieces I glued them up in columns around a piece of cherry that was cut in a triangle.
I glued them up like this

After the glue had cured I sanded the faces flat in a tool I made to send them through the drum sander.

All that was left to do was to cross cut the columns into 1.25” pieces. I took the pieces and flipped every other one over to look like this

And the rest was just gluing and sanding.
I know that others have made similar boards. I like looking at all of them.

I love the fact that there are so many very talented folks on this web site, and a lot of them spend their valuable time sharing of themselves. I dedicate this blog to them, for without them this site would not be what it is. I would never have attempted this without their inspiration. My blog is not close to complete as the work I have seen here, but I am running out of time to edit this. I will get back on and answer your questions as I get a chance. I am hoping to have some time this weekend.
Right now it’s time for bed. Good night all.

Thanks for your time and sharing your knowledge with all of us.

I am updating this blog to add a picture of a sketch up that I made to assist others who want to build this board.

-- Mel,

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#1 posted 03-23-2012 03:38 AM

I agree; those 2 guys tought me a lot too.

you have done a really good job. Thanks for sharing your knowledge.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#2 posted 03-23-2012 04:59 AM

Excellent job on the cutting board. Nice cuts and very precise. Thanks for posting.

-- Oldworld, Fair Oaks, Ca

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#3 posted 03-23-2012 09:51 PM

Excellent write up.
Thanks for taking the time to put this blog together.

-- Scott Smith, Southern Illinois

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#4 posted 03-24-2012 01:29 AM

Great job on this blog. You made it look much simpler than I had imagined. Your jig for glueing and drum sanding is genius! I would have never thought of drum sanding those. Thanks for posting this.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#5 posted 03-24-2012 11:17 AM

Sweet Board. Really good job.
Those triangle jigs are top notch. Thanks for the info on them.

Blogs are fun, keep it up.

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#6 posted 01-20-2013 06:14 AM

Thanks for the sketchup model Mel.

I will help greatly.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#7 posted 03-26-2013 07:48 PM

Wonderful piece!,, Could you explain or show how you cut the columns after they were glued. Yes I’m a little slow and the picture on your blog is hard to see.

-- Wayne, Kentucky

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#8 posted 03-27-2013 12:29 AM

WTrose, I cross cut them using a sliding sled I built for my table saw. I clamped a stop to the fence, about 1.25” from
the cut line. Placed the column on the sled made a cut to square the end. Slid the column against the stop,and held the end cut with a sacrificial block of wood and made the cut.
I hope this answers your question. If not then let me know.
I don’t think I took pictures of the cross cutting.

-- Mel,

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#9 posted 03-27-2013 11:27 AM

I’m sorry I didn’t make myself clear! I was referring to the strips after you glue them together, you said you cut them into three pieces. I can’t figure the width you cut them. And do you cut them at 60 degrees so they join at the points of the triangle? Thanks for taking the time to respond as quickly as you did.

-- Wayne, Kentucky

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#10 posted 03-27-2013 11:38 PM

The out side strips were first ripped at sixty degrees The maple strips were as wide as the inner triangle + half the thickness of the strips. The purple heart strips were ripped at enough width to provide the small triangular piece and the little parallelogram at each end plus enough for three cuts of waste. Then I glued the strips up in three sets, so you would have three maple strips and four purple heart strips forming a stripe pattern. Purple heart, maple, purple heart, maple, purple heart, maple, purple heart. Then glue them together. Once dry I would rip the end purple heart leaving the little parallelogram, then rip it again on the other side of that piece leaving the little triangle of purple heart at that edge of the maple..and then repeat that on the next piece of the same glue up, and then one more time, leaving me with three side pieces.

I know that a picture says a thousand words, and I wish I would have taken more pictures. I hope the above comments clears it up for you. If not, I will get back on here when I have time. I normally have a little time between getting off work and going out to the work shop, but I don’t normally get back on here before going to bed and starting the whole new work day waiting for me tomorrow. So be patient, and good night.

-- Mel,

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