An a-MAZE-ing cutting board

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Project by GaryK posted 03-25-2011 04:52 AM 13961 views 17 times favorited 45 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well, this took about 3 weeks of on and off work. Gluing mostly.

I had seen some cutting boards that kind of looked like a maze so I figured why not make a maze. It turns out to be a real pain. It’s almost impossible to get all the pieces the exact size and then glued up the exactly the same way every time.

I ended up finishing it but it turned out bad in my eyes. The only way I can see to do this and get everything to line up perfectly, is to glue one piece at a time making sure it’s right. I glued up an entire row at a time and the accumulation of small differences really added up. It’s just too big also.

It is an actual maze. You start at one DOT in one corner and go to the other DOT on the opposite corner.
Material it hard maple and peruvian walnut.

Anyway I hope that you enjoy it.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#1 posted 03-25-2011 04:58 AM

Wow Gary!!?? If you cant make itr straight who can?

-- Bruce. a mind is like a book it is only useful when open.

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#2 posted 03-25-2011 04:59 AM

I kind of like it. Have you thought about doing it all with inlays? You could use fairly thick material so it would stand up to hard use in the kitchen.

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#3 posted 03-25-2011 05:19 AM

Regardless of whether or not you are totally satisfied with the outcome, it’s still an amazing piece of planning and patience.

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

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#4 posted 03-25-2011 05:20 AM

You always amaze me with your outstanding work and unbelievable talent. Fantastic board Gary.


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#5 posted 03-25-2011 05:22 AM

and after you have painted you thrugh to the other end you can always sand it down and let a new try…. LOL

it still looks good Gary you crazy nut :-)

I second if you can´t who can then
but what if you have made lets say 5 standard size´s piece´s and made it with
it shuold teorectic bee possiple

take care

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#6 posted 03-25-2011 05:27 AM

Very interesting, Gary!

At first, I started following the dark color… then followed the white color… never made it through… is it really possible?

I can see places toward the middle where it does waiver just a tad… but NOT bad…

Did you design the maze or copy it from an existing one?

Looks nice… what kind of glue did you use?

How large were the pieces (thick)?

Thank you.

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#7 posted 03-25-2011 05:29 AM

I think itl looks really nice.

I thought doing it row by row shouldn’t create any displacement IF all the pieces are exactly the same size.
Aren’t the pieces all cut from a group of boards that are milled together (same thickness/ same width, etc)?
Or is it that the whole row was shifted over the other?

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#8 posted 03-25-2011 05:37 AM

I don’t even want to know how you made that, I might just try it if knew. LOL Very impressive even if it is a bit wavy.

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#9 posted 03-25-2011 05:39 AM

That is beautifull work.
I’m stunned. :-)

-- Erik, Merksem Belgium

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#10 posted 03-25-2011 05:47 AM

Amazing maze for sure!! Is this the project you wanted ideas for?

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#11 posted 03-25-2011 06:10 AM

It looks great, but I know I wouldn’t have the patience for something like this. I think the little imperfections with the slightly offset squares actually add something to it, letting me see right away how many pieces and how much work went into this.

-- Dale Manning, Carthage, NY

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#12 posted 03-25-2011 08:07 AM

Started with blue, followed with red, and finished in blue.

I enjoyed it. thk U

Now, on the opposite side of the board, is a different maze?

It took me less time than the one it took you to make it.

Same happens at home with dinner. We ate in a fraction of the time it took to cook it.

-- Back home. Fernando

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#13 posted 03-25-2011 09:19 AM

Cool. Kinda made my eyes go cross eyed when I first looked at it. Of course I had just got up and had not had any coffee yet. Either way WOW! nice job..

-- Tim, Missouri ....Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what the heck happened

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#14 posted 03-25-2011 10:03 AM


-- Be safe.

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#15 posted 03-25-2011 11:46 AM

Very cool another board outside the box! Well done Gary as always amazing work!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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