My third cutting board - Cafe Wall Illusion

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Project by BritBoxmaker posted 07-10-2010 07:56 PM 24291 views 61 times favorited 38 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This cutting board celebrates the Cafe Wall Illusion. All the lines are parallel or perpendicular (90°).
However it is possible that you may see some of the parallel lines appear to converge. Don’t worry its just me messing with your eyesight again.

The motto of the moment seems to be ‘simple is good’. I’ve even said so myself. This is as simple as it comes.

The board is made of Walnut, Maple and Oak, measures 380×304 x 20mm and is finished in a food safe oil.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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#1 posted 07-10-2010 08:05 PM

my eyes are rolling! what an interesting illusion.

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#2 posted 07-10-2010 08:06 PM


This looks fantastic!!! NOW I know what I am missing in my earlier attempt – I left out the thin strips that define the rows! That makes all the difference in this illusion.

Here’s mine for comparison:

You can see that without the small strips the illusion mostly falls apart – now I know what I have to include on my next try! ;-)

Thanks for sharing – this look great!!!


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

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#3 posted 07-10-2010 08:07 PM

Okay Martyn, now you are truly messing with our minds. I look at this board and know that everything is parallel, but I cannot make myself see it that way! You keep on outdoing yourself, when will this insanity stop! (hopefully never)

-- I am responsible for how I respond to everything in my life - - Deadwood SD

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#4 posted 07-10-2010 08:09 PM

Otto, when the medication cuts in. Also hopefully never. lol

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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#5 posted 07-10-2010 08:13 PM

Bob. I tried a small box top pattern first, without the strips and although the contrast was greater (Ebony and Sycamore) the effect was far more muted. As you can see the original artwork (pic 3) shows the thin divider strips, so I just followed that.

Having said that, having checked it out, I like yours as well.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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#6 posted 07-10-2010 08:15 PM

Absolutely love it Martyn. I think this is a great capture of what Escher was all about.

-- Lis - Michigan - -

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#7 posted 07-10-2010 08:22 PM

I just keep staring and try to see it straight. Really great job.

-- ~the turtle

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#8 posted 07-10-2010 08:24 PM

Martyn, If I had a cutting board like this I might just leave it for display purposes only. I don’t think I would want a knife close to my fingers while somethig is messing with my head. :-)

Great cutting board, as usual.

-- Best regards, Jack -- I may not be good, but I'm slow --

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#9 posted 07-10-2010 08:25 PM

You’re going to have us pulling out our hair along with you! It may be simple, but the illusion is wonderful. Not only do the lines seem to converge, I’m seeing them move to do so! Thanks for another fun project, Martyn.

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#10 posted 07-10-2010 08:45 PM

A real eye-popper, Martyn!! Great Job!!

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#11 posted 07-10-2010 09:09 PM

Well, thanks Martyn, you’ve just screwed up my whole day !!!!!

After staring at this for to long, how do you expect anyone to go back into their shop and try to cut a straight line !!!! LOL

Fantastic rendition of Escher, all the lines truly do converge and make your eyes go “bonkers” !!!

Another job well done, keep ‘em coming…..

-- Gene, Majestic Eagle Woodworks,,

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#12 posted 07-10-2010 09:31 PM

Looks like my first chess board!

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

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#13 posted 07-10-2010 10:20 PM

Owww! My head hurts. I like it! Thanks, I needed that.

-- You can lead a horse to water, but you can't tie his shoes. Blaze Foley

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#14 posted 07-10-2010 10:27 PM

My eyes are still buggin’ out …It was most difficult to read the others comments after looking at this for so long : ) Great job !

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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