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Project by Ken90712 posted 07-02-2017 01:44 PM 2180 views 2 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I don’t normally post boards anymore, as I’ve made and sold over 350 of them. But these ones were different from the others and we’re inspired from a master board maker I found on you tube. I’ve chatted with him and purchased plans from him as well. The guy is a machine when it comes to boards.

I had so much scraps and was always wondering what to do with them. Once I watched his video on youtube, Chaos Boards, I was hooked. Funny thing is making them wastes some wood but with that said, I was never going to use all the small cutoffs i was accumulating. Once the board was done, I personally didn’t like it. It was way too busy for me & just not my style. However all 4 sold instanly when people saw them. My one buddy called it the African or Rasta board.

The other boards Walnut and Hard Maple I added an extra endgrain boarer in them. This took more work but I love the extra visual interest it gives them. I made 10 boards this batch the other chaos board I didn’t do the angle cutting to see how that looked.

The chaos boards had Paduck, sepele , purple heart, maple, walnut, yellow heart and maybe some more, lol

All boards were soaked in mineral oil and then waxed. Thx for looking.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#1 posted 07-02-2017 01:53 PM

beautiful board ,Ken

-- bambi

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#2 posted 07-02-2017 02:34 PM

Great boards, Ken. Like you, I’m not so sure I like the chaos board from a strictly visual point of view. But from a woodworker point of view I am totally intrigued! I’m going to have to watch the video to see how it’s done.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#3 posted 07-02-2017 02:41 PM

Gorgeous, Ken!

The chaos boards are really awesome!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#4 posted 07-02-2017 03:13 PM

Nice boards. Ken! 350 of them???Wow!

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#5 posted 07-02-2017 03:52 PM

Very awesome boards. Very beautiful.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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Joe Lyddon

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#6 posted 07-02-2017 05:21 PM

Awesome Chaos boards! :)

Picture #5:
Ken, how did you glue, cut, glue, cut, etc. to get such CHAOS with no gaps, etc.
I think it’s going to be something very simple… BUT… (
?) :)
That looks like it took a lot of extra time to do… Yes?

Great work!

Thank you!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:

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#7 posted 07-02-2017 06:22 PM

Ken, I’ve been tracking mtm on YouTube for awhile. We can learn a lot from him. The work your doing albeit not liking will expand into your work, nice job!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#8 posted 07-02-2017 06:54 PM

awesome Cutting boards Ken. They all look great. Take care

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#9 posted 07-02-2017 08:48 PM

Glad you joined the club so many years ago… and seeing you progress is awesome…

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#10 posted 07-02-2017 08:51 PM

Ken, this is a beautiful board.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#11 posted 07-02-2017 11:09 PM

Thx everyone, Larry I thought you left left us. You were were a big inspiration for me and helped me make my first 3d cutting board cheers mate. I can thank you enough, remember grain orientation. ... lol

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#12 posted 07-03-2017 01:36 AM

I am with you on the first two boards and the chaos boards are well made but there are people with different likes so variety is the secret to sales .


-- Kiefer

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#13 posted 07-03-2017 01:56 AM


-- You have to go on and be crazy. Craziness is like heaven - Jimi Hendrix

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#14 posted 07-03-2017 03:32 AM

Great boards, Ken! And thanks for introducing me to MTM Wood!

-- Howard - "Time spent making sawdust is not deducted from one's lifetime." - old Scottish proverb

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#15 posted 07-03-2017 07:33 AM

Some more information on MTMwood.

If you go to youtube and type in MTMwood all his videos will come up and they are all well worth a look including his workshop setup. (info via courtesy of Degoose)

-- Regards Rob

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