Interlocking cubes cutting board.

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Project by English posted 04-01-2019 11:44 PM 15759 views 16 times favorited 26 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve been wanting to try my hand at one of these 3D cutting boards for a while now. This one took over 30 glueups. It’s made of Hard Maple, Cherry, Walnut, and Padauk. I had a lot of trouble with keeping the angle correct when gluing up the Equilateral triangles. From there it went down hill. I ended up custom fitting every triangle. I did make a set of detailed plans, which I am sharing. Maybe some of you can have more luck keeping the triangles as perfect Equilateral Triangles. If you can do that the rest should be easy. But even with all the trouble, it’s a good looking board.

-- John, Suffolk Virgina

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#1 posted 04-02-2019 12:44 AM

That is, in my opinion, the most attractive boards I have seen. Great job! I might have to try that one myself.

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#2 posted 04-02-2019 01:23 AM

I would cut off my finger trying to use it, looks amazing!

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#3 posted 04-02-2019 07:09 AM

Definately not easy pattern…looks just great!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#4 posted 04-02-2019 11:35 AM

Looks great.


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#5 posted 04-02-2019 12:50 PM

What glue did you use? I ask because I don’t see a glue line between the hard maple segments which you’d expect to see w/TBIII – typical cutting board glue. Thanks.

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#6 posted 04-02-2019 01:01 PM


I used Titebond 3. I put it on very thick for lots of squeeze out. Even then I had a few joints that did not fit up tight. Those cracks were filled with Titebond 3 and saw dust. I have saw dust in buckets, it’s left over from building boats. I have maple, Douglas fir, and hickory dust. The boat building dust is very fine. Much finer than sawdust from your sander bag. These three colors give me a good color selection for making my own wood filler.

-- John, Suffolk Virgina

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#7 posted 04-02-2019 01:46 PM

Wow! Great job. Is this your own design? Is this glued up with all little pieces of wood or did you start out with long triangles glued up and then cut to thickness?

-- Len, Oceanside, CA

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#8 posted 04-02-2019 01:54 PM

Very very nice. It came out great.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#9 posted 04-02-2019 01:57 PM

” But even with all the trouble, it’s a good looking board. “

I’d call that an understatement, outstanding, one of a kind, an eye catcher and many others come to mind.

-- 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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#10 posted 04-02-2019 03:44 PM


The design was copied from a board I saw on Pinerest. If I were to make another I would size the triangles down to make the pattern repeat more often on the finished board. As for building the board, I glued up long triangular pieces. The pieces were 15” long. Then the triangles were cut into 1 5/8” slices. I did this on the bandsaw and the slices ended up to be not coplanar. When you lay them down and piece them together the glue surfaces were not coplanar. They would be tight to the top but open to the back side, to fix this I had to sand each edge at a angle to make each piece fit. I did this on every piece and glued and clamped each piece one at a time. As the the board got bigger I could attach more than one piece at each glue-up.

-- John, Suffolk Virgina

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#11 posted 04-02-2019 04:17 PM

So you did use TBIII. May I request a full face on view? Love to get a good look at those maple joints.

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#12 posted 04-02-2019 04:52 PM

Looks great to me John, great job!

-- Dave, Southern IL.,

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#13 posted 04-02-2019 04:58 PM


Here is the view you requested

It was hard to get it without glare.

-- John, Suffolk Virgina

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#14 posted 04-03-2019 12:01 AM

This is totally awesome. Thanks for sharing it with us.

-- There is no such thing as scrap wood, only smaller projects.

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#15 posted 04-03-2019 12:13 AM

Thanks! I’m surprised there are no brown-ish glue lines but it looks great. And your joints overall are quite good. I also think you’re correct about making the triangles a little smaller, though not too much smaller, to enhance the 3D effect.

There’s a lot of cutting and gluing in that board, you have great patience. Excellent job.

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