Second Attempt at Cafe Wall Illusion Cutting Board.

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Project by Stephen posted 03-15-2014 03:34 PM 5877 views 18 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So my first cafe wall board turned out ok, but I was disappointed that I had to be about 15 feet away from it to see the illusion. So after doing some research, I tried again, using smaller blocks. I am much happier with the outcome.
This board measures 14” x 16” and is 7/8 of an inch thick.
The blocks are walnut and hard maple, and for the strips I used red elm. I decided on elm because it seemed to be the best shade between the hard maple and walnut.
It turned out pretty good, just takes time during all the glue ups to get the lines matched up right.
For the finish I went with generals salad bowel finish, which I rarely use, but decided to for this one because it would probably be more for show than use.

-- -Stephen, WV ,

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#1 posted 03-15-2014 04:12 PM

Very nice.

-- Steve - Front Royal, VA

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#2 posted 03-15-2014 04:22 PM

Love it! It would be a shame to use it. I have thought about making one and only using one side and preserving the other for display.

-- "Don't you hate it when people don't finish what they"

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#3 posted 03-15-2014 05:16 PM

Cool work

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#4 posted 03-16-2014 02:19 AM


-- Joel

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#5 posted 03-16-2014 04:28 AM

That’s a great board and it keeps your eyes spinning.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected] †

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#6 posted 03-16-2014 02:09 PM

Great looking board. Good work.


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#7 posted 03-16-2014 06:34 PM

Beautiful work!

-- Greg D, Cen. CA, "Keep it on the Level, Do it Right the First Time!"

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#8 posted 03-21-2014 01:50 PM

Awesome cutting board! Like the cool pattern and attractive wood colors.

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#9 posted 05-06-2018 12:55 PM

Wow! This is a wonderful cutting board and so nicely done. The pattern is outstanding.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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