Cafe Wall Cutting Board

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Project by Stephen posted 02-26-2014 06:58 PM 3677 views 7 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Cutting Boards are something new for me, been doing them about two months now. I always thought they were pretty neat, but had no desire to build them until I got accepted as a vendor at the local farmers market. They have been super popular, but I like to try to make them all a bit different from each other.
Here is my attempt at the cafe wall illusion. I read a lot about how to pull this off, and while I think the next one I make willl be better, I’m fairly happy with it.
For the blocks I used walnut and hard maple, and for the ‘mortar’ I used some walnut, thinking that by using the edge for it, it would be lighter than the end grain blocks.

I have a hard time seeing it myself unless I’m about ten feet away from the board, but others have told me they see it easily.
It wasn’t too difficult, just took time to do all the glue ups.
If you have any questions please ask!

-- -Stephen, WV ,

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#1 posted 02-26-2014 07:52 PM

I dig the contrast

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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#2 posted 02-26-2014 08:12 PM

Thanks. What drives me crazy though is that in the thumbnails I can plainly see the illusion working, all the boards look angled, but once i enlarge it a bit they all go back to parallel, lol.

-- -Stephen, WV ,

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#3 posted 02-26-2014 08:13 PM

ha ha I didn’t notice that until you mentioned it, kinda cool effect on the eye

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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#4 posted 02-27-2014 01:29 AM

Stephen I really like the build and the play on the eyes!!!!!! It looks like some crazed tile man didn’t know how to set tile. Than closer viewing shows a flat plane!!!!!!! Just wonderfully executed and finished Steve!!!!!!

-- The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart. "Helen Keller"

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#5 posted 03-04-2014 05:01 PM

Cool cutting board! Like the attractive pattern and contrasting woods used. Great job!

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#6 posted 11-20-2019 09:09 AM

Very interesting and also a great board.

-- navarro1950

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#7 posted 08-23-2021 07:26 PM

Great looking board! Going to make one for a Christmas Gift.

Would you remember the size of youe blocks and the thickness of the mortar?

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