Bubble Cutting Board

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Project by WoodenSoldier posted 03-11-2012 05:14 PM 5001 views 16 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My attempt at a bubbled cutting board after being inspired by SASmith’s piece ( Scott was disappointed with the amount of “bulge” that he had, but it definitely had a more pronounced effect than mine. Maybe next time I’ll use walnut and maple instead of cherry/maple. More contrast might make it pop a little bit.

Still cool, and pretty easy though. I’m giving it to a co-worker.

-- Create something everyday.

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#1 posted 03-11-2012 05:25 PM

Excellent board, your co-worker will appreciate it. Good job.

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#2 posted 03-11-2012 05:38 PM

It looks good to me. Thanks for the mention.

-- Scott Smith, Southern Illinois

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#3 posted 03-11-2012 06:08 PM

Hello WoodenSoldier

Nicely done

The effect is beautiful

Thanks for sharing

-- Diggerjack-France ---The only limit is the limit of the mind and the mind has no limit

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#4 posted 03-11-2012 08:07 PM


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#5 posted 03-11-2012 08:30 PM

Looks great, think i may have to try my hand at this one of these days… I really like optical illusions in wood. nice one!

-- A hammer dangling from a wall will bang and sound like work when the wind blows the right way.

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#6 posted 03-11-2012 09:27 PM

looks good to me

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#7 posted 03-11-2012 11:08 PM

fantastic. nicely done..

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#8 posted 03-11-2012 11:18 PM

Looks great. A future project for me for sure.

-- Kevin May "Making wood useful and fun!"

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#9 posted 03-12-2012 05:07 PM

OK, I give up! How the heck did you make it? Or is that a closely guarded trade secret?

-- Jim in Tennessee

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#10 posted 03-14-2012 05:19 AM

It’s actually pretty simple, but it is a little time consuming cutting all the dowels and gluing them in.
Just build a regular checkered end-grain cutting board (make sure it’s square and has an odd number of rows in both the vertical and horizontal directions), then mark the locations of the holes and drill them.

I just marked all four sides of the board and created a grid before taking it to the drill press and drilling it out.

Here it is with most of the holes drilled into it. I had to go back and add holes into 8 more blocks to complete the illusion later.

I made the mistake of making the cutting board first with an even number of rows which won’t work. I had to go back and mill more wood and add a row to either side which was not nearly as easy as making it right the first time.

-- Create something everyday.

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#11 posted 01-11-2013 07:37 PM

WoodenSoldier – Just curious… how does size of the “dots” (dowels) affect the illusion ? Is there an ideal proportional relationship between the size of the squares and the dots ? Great looking board !! Thank you for your service.


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