2 Step Cutting Board

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Project by SPalm posted 08-21-2010 08:18 PM 24420 views 86 times favorited 34 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is an endgrain cutting board made out of maple, cherry, and walnut. I described the build process in a blog. It is a second generation board of this type for me.

I have included pics of the four rotations of the board. I find it interesting how it is seen differently in the four views.

The last picture is a Sketchup of the different types of these boards as I see them. The Tumbling Block, my first Steps block, Martyn’s They Might be Giants, and then two examples of this style of block. I had tried for a while to make this block out of three pieces of wood, but ended up making the buildup of 6 pieces. As the groupings on the bottom of this picture show, they all share some similarity while all having their own advantages.

It was a fun build, but a fairly hard glue-up.

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#1 posted 08-21-2010 08:33 PM

Cool eye twisting design! Love your works.

Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#2 posted 08-21-2010 08:45 PM

Another fantastic cutting board

I want to do one but I’m afraid not to be good

Have a nice day

-- Diggerjack-France ---The only limit is the limit of the mind and the mind has no limit

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#3 posted 08-21-2010 08:47 PM

Another stunner, Steve. I admire the way you get such good contrast and colour balance in your designs. A very bold pattern using readily available woods. I usually chicken out and go straight for the Sycamore and Ebony.

Rhomboids and triangles seem the way to go with these patterns. I noticed the mirrored triangle when working on Impossible and Impossible II, obviously a sure technique to apply when you hit on a new pattern. I also use CAD, in my case TurboCAD, though if I were starting now I’d go for Sketchup. Seems to be a very flexible tool.

I also agree with the orientation thing. The top right pic (sideways orientation) appears hollow as does the third. Interesting perceptual connundrum. Wonder why that is?

Oh and thanks for the mention!

Where are you going to go next?? It’ll be fun I’m sure.

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

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#4 posted 08-21-2010 09:11 PM

You have really taken this art form to a new level, Steve.

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

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#5 posted 08-21-2010 09:37 PM

I just love all this…. fun isn’t it…

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#6 posted 08-21-2010 10:00 PM

Steve a beautiful Challenging board.

Great design and execution.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#7 posted 08-21-2010 10:04 PM

Steve, what can I say. When I say this on your blog, it blew my mind…........Still makes my head hurt! LOL
That has to be my all time favorite! Totally Awesome!

-- John @

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#8 posted 08-21-2010 10:38 PM

Thanks everyone.

I shot this outside today in my little light tent. It was frickin hot. I was sweatin’ and swearin’, the board kept falling over, and I had not noticed that the it had weeped so much. Maybe I will retake the pics when I figure out a better way. I can not seem to get enough light inside. I guess I can solve that with $$, but the sun is free. Just more stuff to get and figure out…..

But all is good,

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#9 posted 08-21-2010 10:41 PM

Great Job!!!

-- "My formula for living is quite simple. I get up in the morning, and I go to bed at night. In between, I occupy myself as best I can." -Cary Grant

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#10 posted 08-21-2010 10:45 PM

Thanks Theresa.
That picture of you is so hilarious.
I just love it.

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#11 posted 08-22-2010 12:17 AM

Hey Steve;

Boy, you and Larry just wont be happy until one of you loses his mind from staring at those crazy shapes.

Another beauiful job!!!!!


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#12 posted 08-22-2010 12:33 AM

Hi Steve,
Just wonderful, you are amazing!
The master of cutting boards? No I think you can call these wooden patterns, since they are more than boards, I agree, your brilliance are in the contrasts, and your never stopping. Respect from here.
Thank you for sharing this with us,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#13 posted 08-22-2010 12:35 AM

Ohhhh yes, and thank you for making me laugh by the picture of you sweating in a light tent in the garden, at the end it also say a lot about your dedication.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#14 posted 08-22-2010 12:36 AM

Very Escheresk.


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#15 posted 08-22-2010 01:43 AM

Steve, you have created a masterpiece! The only question is if it is used as a cutting board and it is orientated in the right way will the person using it become distracted and wind up missing a digit or two?

No matter, I love it!

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

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