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Project by SPalm posted 07-17-2010 08:53 PM 23288 views 78 times favorited 55 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I named this cutting board Cubies, after Mary Anne’s Cubicles design. It is made out of cherry, maple, walnut, and mahogany for the little stripes. I have a blog that discusses how I built it.

This glue-up on this board was tough. By the nature of the design, there is a lot that can go wrong, which I did not realize until the dry glue up. On every row, there are four blocks facing right and four blocks facing left. And on every column, there are three blocks facing up and three blocks facing down. There is an old trick used to set a saw blade to 90 degrees using a double cut of scrap, flipping one, and then facing the parts together to amplify the mis-adjustment. This was a quadruple triple version of that. I thought I had done a really good job of making the blocks perfect squares. Well, I guess they were a little of a parallelogram, and it showed in the glue-up. Arrgh, lots of frustration. The more I clamped, the more little corners would open up. And then all those little interior boxes to keep aligned.

It does look pretty good. I took a zoomed in picture to show the book-matching in the center square. The walnut forms a little diamond and the maple and cherry have their own matching going on.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#1 posted 07-17-2010 09:01 PM

Amazing design and the craftsmanship looks incredible too.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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Mary Anne

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#2 posted 07-17-2010 09:03 PM

Oh yeah! This came out looking great. The “cubies” illusion is fantastic; I’m falling right into them!

I agree with you about the amount of work on the similar design I did. I was hoping when you said you were doing end grain that it might go easier. Fun challenge though, wasn’t it? :)

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#3 posted 07-17-2010 09:09 PM

another brainkiller has arived waow it´s realy make trick with the eyes

great work Steve I like it :—)


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#4 posted 07-17-2010 09:11 PM

This is going to be hard to beat…well nothing ventured nothing gained… should have something to show this afternoon…

-- Be safe.

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#5 posted 07-17-2010 09:11 PM

It was fun to start. And I was so cocky about it all going so well, and ended up dreading the glue-up. But now I can go on to the next project. Yea!

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#6 posted 07-17-2010 09:24 PM

you are your own worst’s phenomenal.

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#7 posted 07-17-2010 09:35 PM

its beautiful

-- Joe, Ga

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#8 posted 07-17-2010 09:43 PM

That’s so crazy good that I can’t even imagine creating something like that. I don’t think I could muster up the patients to do it. Awesome!

-- Lovin' sawdust in beautiful Fort Collins, Colorado

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#10 posted 07-17-2010 10:06 PM

Steve, the whole thing—design, craftsmanship, and end result—just stunning. Don’t know how you do it.

-- Rowdy in Kechi, Kansas

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#11 posted 07-17-2010 10:11 PM

Awesome! Looks a foot deep!

I have been playing around with a few complex designs myself. When it comes to the glue up, I have been considering leaving some extra material on certain sides. The idea would be to glue up in stages and trim after each stage. It seems like one could reset the accumulaiton of tiny errors after each partial glue up. What do you think?

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#12 posted 07-17-2010 10:15 PM

3D- without the glasses Steve, it a gem of a design oh so cool…BC

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#13 posted 07-17-2010 10:19 PM

Steve, I found trimming sub-assemblies really hard on this one. Because of the miters, if you trim off just a little bit, one of the corners will stick through. If I trimmed the other side, the little interior lines would not line up.

I learned a lot, and when faced with something like this again, I think I can prepare for it, and come up with a strategy. This just caught me off guard at the final step.

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#14 posted 07-17-2010 10:19 PM

Crazy cubes of Columbia Batman! THAT is outrageous Steve! Don’t know how you do it…
Very well done… Now to check out that blog so I can find one more thing I can’t do! lol

-- Brad, Oregon- The things that come to those who wait, may be the things left by those who got there first.

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#15 posted 07-17-2010 10:21 PM

wow steve ,

amazing where all these just keep going to , from mary anne ,
to you ,
to larry now .
and all over the world !

what a great family !

very nice .

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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