Tumbling Block Cutting Board

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Project by Jim Jakosh posted 08-08-2018 08:58 PM 1976 views 4 times favorited 31 comments Add to Favorites Watch

After seeing Anatolii’s 3D platter, I had to try this. I looked at a lot of processes and settled on the one used by Degoose in his blog on the process. Thanks Larry and Anatolii !!!!

This board is 1 1/4” x 8 1/4” x 13” ( almost the golden rectangle) and made from walnut, maple and sycamore on inside and a cherry boarder. I learned a lot making this and was going to scrap it when the hexagons varied by as much at .025” which made the match up of the lines very difficult but the angles were good . I completed it to see if I’d find out any more problems along the way. It has rubber feed on it that were cut out with a plug cutter and put in round shallow holes in the bottom.
It is finished with Danish oil and then buffed with Tripoli, White Diamond and Carnuba wax.

I used the parallelogram pieces right off the table saw and that is where I introduced all the variation. Next time, I will run them through the planer both ways to make the dimension exactly the same. I think wood with more grain than maple and sycamore would also enhance the 3d effect!

Cheers, Jim

More in process shots:

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

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#1 posted 08-08-2018 09:08 PM

you go Jim – nice board. I guess I’m just too lazy to even try one

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#2 posted 08-08-2018 09:20 PM

Really COOL, Jim!

This really opens a big door to many other designs…

Did Larry help you with your problem / question? He was the master at this stuff…

There is something there or not there… another shade maybe… to bring out each cube better… or something…

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#3 posted 08-08-2018 09:47 PM

really well done, makes my head hurt…

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#4 posted 08-08-2018 11:49 PM

I do not do cutting boards but do enjoy looking at nice ones like this. Good project and nice work.

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#5 posted 08-09-2018 12:04 AM

I find it hard to stop starring at it just mesmerizing … GREAT JOB :<)))

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#6 posted 08-09-2018 12:23 AM

That is beautiful!

Years ago I used this Lumberjocks method to create a bunch-

I made an oval one then steam bent a thin edge band.

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#7 posted 08-09-2018 12:45 AM

That is really cool Jim, I have been wanting to make one of these for years but never had the courage to attempt it.
Looks like I’ll just have to bite the bullet and do one.
Thank you for the inspiration. I bet mine will not look as good as yours.
Great job Mate.


-- Bob, Western Australia, The Sun came up this morning, what a great start to the day. Now it's up to me to make it even better. I've cut this piece of wood 4 times and it's still too damn short.

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#8 posted 08-09-2018 01:06 AM

Great 3D effect Jim & thanks for an insight how you did it.

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#9 posted 08-09-2018 01:10 AM


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#10 posted 08-09-2018 01:40 AM

Great job there. That is Nice Jim !! For a bit more effect could you use the cherry instead of sycamore?

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#11 posted 08-09-2018 01:48 AM

nice work jim

something i learned on this end grain ‘log cuts’
(whether this pattern or others)

when you crosscut the actual parts
mark every one on the same place same face
( for the tumbling block pattern
the end (acute) angle is good)
so long as it is done as the pieces are being cut
takes a bit to do but well worth the effort
instead of just cutting them all quickly and the posibility of them being flipped or turned
i usually just use a sharpie marker and a dot
to all pieces in the same place for all

as the parts increase in numbers it is easy to loos track on them
the mark is easy to see when you do glue up

it keeps the grain going right in all the parts
and keeps the lay up easy to glue up
as you put that mark in the same direction on all of them

keeps from flipping pieces over by mistake
like sanding burrs off (by hand) before glue up

you can even number the pieces as they are cut from the logs
to show a continued grain or color change the the log

just don’t put the dot (or mark) in the middle of the pieces
as it is easy to spin them with the mark in the right place
but the grain going wrong on some

an example

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#12 posted 08-09-2018 02:04 AM


That is spellbinding to look at… looks like you could run your fingers over the board and feel the tumbling effect. Just amazing.

Would it be correct to suggest that the more coloured and contrasted the timbers are , it would add to the tumbling effect.
Does it make it feel like you could cut your fingers when using a sharp knife on a tumbling board.
Fantastic Work Jim.



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#13 posted 08-09-2018 02:49 AM

Thank you all for the nice comments. This one is far from perfect and I even had one of the side pieces glued on in the wrong direction even though I marked all the edges…... got tired I guess. I’ll do another one when I get all the right grain wood. I’m thinking pistachio and mesquite and a light wood.

I’m starting to make a photo booth and these final pictures were shot with the back drop material I bought today and without the side lights..hence the shadow. It does make it look floating with the shadow, though.

Hi David, I did mark all the sycamore edges of the hexagons so I go them oriented the right way. I added in a parallelogram pieces the wrong way when filling the sides and you can tell if you look for it.

Cheers, Jim

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

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#14 posted 08-09-2018 02:58 AM

hi jim

the edges are not as good as the face
in my opinion
easier to see them while glueing

like the pic i added
those were test pieces for a trial
so all the same pine board

as i cut each piece
the mark goes on like a loaf of bread
each piece buttered on the same side
in the same place off center

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#15 posted 08-09-2018 08:15 AM

There is lot of effort and precise work.
For me you made awesome board.
In my country ,first try the board ,take the KULEN or PRŠUT or our the best BACON,and then you can say”the board is open”.
great job,buddy

-- bambi

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