Last board for a while I promise

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Project by JimRochester posted 04-17-2016 10:07 PM 2136 views 3 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my take on the 3D Butterfly board from MTM wood. This one was a challenge I won’t lie. I followed his directions and I would change several things if I make one again. He used regular .75 – 1” stock for the first cuts, set it up on edge then took thinner strips from already thin strips. I’ll start with thicker (1.5”) stock, it will be faster, easier, safer and far less waste. I did a poor job with cauls. It caused the thinner boards get wavy during the glue-ups. So I’ll use more clamps and thicker cauls. I also had a glue-up shift in the clamps. I always let them tack up a bit so they don’t, but one side had a noticeable shift. These photos are after one coat of mineral oil so I still have more finishing to do plus add feet. I used a cove bit to make finger grooves in the side.

Thanks for looking

-- Schooled in the advanced art of sawdust and woodchip manufacturing.

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#1 posted 04-17-2016 11:36 PM

I get dizzy if I look too long, can’t imagine what happened to you during construction.

Oh – almost forgot. Pretty doggone nice

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#2 posted 04-18-2016 01:08 AM

I get dizzy too,
But I love the concept, It looks real good to me. Only a perfectionist would see the faults, and I know we all see those because we know they are there.


-- Bob, Western Australia, The Sun came up this morning, what a great start to the day. Now it's up to me to make it even better. I've cut this piece of wood 4 times and it's still too damn short.

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#3 posted 04-18-2016 04:53 AM

Artistry + Craftsmanship = Fabulous Work!

-- Henry Mowry, Santa Clarita, CA,

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#4 posted 04-18-2016 09:54 AM

Mindblowing moving 3D effect.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#5 posted 04-18-2016 11:24 AM

Looks fantastic bud! Love the way they turned out and I’m glad you have some suggestions. I have to build one of these sometime soon (I’m working on a maple burl coffee table and entry table first), so expect a call from me!!

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#6 posted 04-18-2016 03:27 PM

Great effect!

Curious to how many board feet went in and how many board feet went out with the board. That is a crazy number of cuts!

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#7 posted 04-18-2016 07:53 PM

Great effect!

Curious to how many board feet went in and how many board feet went out with the board. That is a crazy number of cuts!

- splintergroup

Two words A LOT. According to his directions, he used .75 – 1. 0 stock, cut at 1 3/8 then set up on edge to cut thin strips. Had I started with 1.5 stock it would have saved a crapload of cuts. I bought some wood, went back, then went back again. The waste was huge. As it was I probably had 250 or more cuts in this thing.

-- Schooled in the advanced art of sawdust and woodchip manufacturing.

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#8 posted 04-18-2016 08:25 PM

Well, Jim, it certainly is a beautiful one. You did a fine job on it.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#9 posted 04-18-2016 11:29 PM

Like it a lot. Gotta have the patience for sure to do this level.

-- Scott, Irmo SC

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#10 posted 04-19-2016 10:17 PM

This is an awesome design that all wood workers should attempt as it is a great accomplishment, Beautiful Job!

-- Greg D, Cen. CA, "Keep it on the Level, Do it Right the First Time!"

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#11 posted 04-29-2016 01:35 AM

Very nice board….wish I had that kind of talent….and I agree with everyone else….makes you dizzy…lol…well done

-- To each his own.......

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#12 posted 06-06-2016 03:31 AM


IF I ever make another cutting board, I think this is the one I’d like to try. Yours looks great! Thanks for the additional advice.


-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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