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Project by revanson11 posted 02-26-2018 07:48 PM 21862 views 42 times favorited 31 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I really like how this board design is so opticaly striking. From one corner looking across the board it appears to look like keyboard keys and from the reverse direction it looks like fenced in squares. No, this is not my design. I am meerly following the design of Andre from MTM. Not that this makes it a lot easier to make, they were quite challenging. I am so envious of those among us that can visualize in their head how to cut strips of different species of wood, glue them together, slice them up yet again and reglue them a second or even a third time to create stunning designs. These boards are end grain and made from Walnut, White Oak and Maple. I recently convinced my wife that I needed a better bandsaw that would take a larger blade with carbide teeth to save on wasting wood. This is my first project using my new Laguna 14BX with a 3/4” Resaw King blade. Wow, what a difference that made. A 1 MM thick blade as compared to the 1/8 th inch on my table saw plus it cut through the cleanly and smoothly. High praise for this saw.

-- Randy, Central MN

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#1 posted 02-26-2018 08:05 PM

Really, really cool.
I can imagine the work it took to get this all aligned correctly.
Well done.

-- "Fine Woodworking" is the name given to a project that takes 3 times longer than normal to finish because you used hand tools instead of power tools. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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#2 posted 02-26-2018 08:09 PM

Thanks ohwoodeye, yes I learn something new with every project. On this one I learned to use my drum sander instead of the planer with thin strips. Some of the maple strips in these boards are only 4 mm thick and the planer tended to chew them up on the ends.

-- Randy, Central MN

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#3 posted 02-26-2018 08:41 PM

Very cool. Great work. I admire your patience. I want to try one someday but fear I’ll be permanently cross eyed before I finish it.

-- Mike - Waukesha, WI

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#4 posted 02-26-2018 08:47 PM

very, very neat. I have a herd time NOT staring at them.
I also applaud your patience and skill

-- 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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#5 posted 02-26-2018 09:42 PM

That’s amazing!!!

-- John, Sunshine Coast, BC, Canada.

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#6 posted 02-26-2018 10:43 PM

The white oak looks great in there.

-- Allen, Colorado (Instagram @bobasaurus_woodworking)

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#7 posted 02-26-2018 10:49 PM


-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way that says "I meant to do that".

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#8 posted 02-26-2018 11:36 PM

Nicely done and looks so cool!!!

-- An Index Of My Model making Blogs

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#9 posted 02-27-2018 12:45 AM

That is awesome! Now i need some motrin =)

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#10 posted 02-27-2018 12:48 AM

One of the best ones I’ve seen!
Man, they really pop out.

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#11 posted 02-27-2018 01:18 AM


-- Richard (Ontario, CANADA)

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#12 posted 02-27-2018 01:45 AM

Really nice work.
I definitely don’t have the patience for that. Regular butcher block is my limit.

-- Rodney, Centralia, WA, USA

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#13 posted 02-27-2018 02:02 AM

Another krack up job by the krazy king of kutting boards. Vertigo, anyone?

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#14 posted 02-27-2018 04:45 AM

No, this is not my design. I am meerly following the design of Andre from MTM.

- revanson11

I’ve watched many of Andre’s videos and he is a true master. But you deserve some credit here. You’ve taken his inspired design and really run with it. Fantastic work.

I’d be inclined to hang that on a wall rather than use it as a cutting board.

-- "You know, I'm such a great driver, it's incomprehensible that they took my license away." --Vince Ricardo

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#15 posted 02-27-2018 05:31 AM

It’s like 50 SHADES OF GRAY. Truly mindblowing. I like thos grey shades.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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