zig-zag 3D end grain cutting board

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Project by OceansideLen posted 04-02-2019 02:28 PM 832 views 3 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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It took me a few tries to figure out what MTM Woods exactly did in his video to actually produce this design. He is a master of 3D designs.

-- Len, Oceanside, CA

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

came out real nice len,and i agree about mtm he knows 3d.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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#2 posted 04-02-2019 03:36 PM

Very pretty!

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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#3 posted 04-02-2019 03:36 PM

Holy Moly!! Looks so 3 dimensional! Very well done.

-- “We all die. The goal isn't to live forever; the goal is to create something that will.” - Chuck Palahniuk

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#4 posted 04-02-2019 03:42 PM

Well you sure figured it out. The effect is amazing.
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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#5 posted 04-03-2019 03:24 AM

wow! amazing work! is the picture before or after mineral oil?

-- Nature is my manifestation of God. I go to nature every day for inspiration in the day's work. I follow in building the principles which nature has used in its domain" Frank Lloyd Wright

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#6 posted 04-03-2019 03:48 AM

that looks beautiful! I’d love to try making one of MTM’s designs someday too.

-- Ashley, Alabama, Instagram - @handmadewithashley,,

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#7 posted 04-03-2019 04:35 AM

First, nice job, killer board.

Which video of that #3 board did you use? He usually does several length videos of his “regular” boards. The longer ones he usually puts in measurements (in MM ) and films them so you can follow all of the flips. The only time I need to squint is when he does caliper shots for thickness, he doesn’t do ZOOM very well.

Short version of the #3 This one unfortunately has Goofle swum itself to the top of the heap, and the longer one is buried. On any of his boards if you know what he calls it, just put the name in the search bar on YouTube, and if it is in several lengths they will all pop up.

Long version with measurements shown and much slower so you can see the flips.

I like his videos as much as anyone’s. I once told James King to watch one, and see what the right amount of glue was. That way he wouldn’t need a video about how to clean glue off his clamps. Don’t get me wrong, James shows a lot of folks how to, but the folks at Franklin absolutely love him, best customer award. Such a waste of glue.

-- Think safe, be safe

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#8 posted 04-03-2019 01:10 PM

The picture is after using Howard’s butcher block conditioner which is mineral oil and bees wax. Wood movement is an interesting thing. It was sanded perfectly smooth to 320 grit before finishing. It was perfect for a day, then I could feel ever so slightly the joints Has to be wood movement.

-- Len, Oceanside, CA

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#9 posted 04-03-2019 01:38 PM

I did use the long version of this video which does provide measurements.

Here are some of my learning moments.
1 The measurement of the Walnut & maple board is after it is cut at 45 degrees. I made a slab of 12/4 walnut and 15 mm maple only to learn that it was too thick to cut on a 10” blade at 45 degrees. I got some 8/4 walnut and started over.
2 I’m still confused as to why he cuts the Walnut up and then glues it back together. It dawned on me that he must be starting with 12/4 walnut and is cutting it to the correct height and laying them on their sides before gluing. Same must be true for the Maple. I started with a 3/4” plank and planed it to 15mm. Saves on glue and table saw time.
3. Took me forever to figure out what he meant by board 1 and board 2, as the plans only call for 1 build up. It all has to do with a flip and rotate of alternating pieces. My pieces did not come out square, so when the alternating pieces were laid down on their sides, it was an up and down situation. Back to the planner and i carefully planned off equal amount of Maple and cherry from both side of long block. i wasn’t sure if I was screwing up the ultimate design or not. Seems to have worked out, OK.
4.My planner chewed up the end grain, had to use the drum sander for the final thickness finishing.

-- Len, Oceanside, CA

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#10 posted 06-01-2019 01:04 AM

MTM cuts his thicker lumber and reglues to get the component part thickness he needs, this minimizes waste and also releaves the internal stresses in the wood.

-- Cut the hole twice and it's still too big!

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