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Striking pattern. But, sort of a lot of work for something to go whacking on with a sharp metal implement. But then, I'm probably not above doing something like that myself. LOL
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That is a great piece and while I agree with Roger above about marking it up I'm also not sure that is what I want to be looking at while using a sharp knife. It could be hard to focus on you fingers.
 

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Roger, Les - it is really not that hard to make once you know the trick. Cut alternating wood strips 18" long starting at 1/8" wide and increasing the width by 1/16th until you get to 5/8" and then decrease by 1/16th back to 1/8th. Do this twice and glue up the 34 strips. Then crosscut in the same manner and flip every other one.

I like the pattern a lot but agree that you could end up with extra protein in your salad if not careful.
 

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Great cutting board. I agree with Roger and Les, that's too pretty and distracting to cut on. I'd frame it and give it as a wall-hanging. I very much reminds me of M.C. Escher.
 

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footprints:
I was being a bit facetious. It's really very nice. You may even hear from Martyn (britboxmaker).
Roger
 

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Wonderful work on this Ray and yes, I am mesmerized by it!
 

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Really beautiful work and a lot of cutting!
I ordered the cut plans for this from MTMwood but have not attempted it yet. Hope it turns out as nice as this!
 

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don't mistake your fingers for the veggies
 

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That looks really great, the illusion is amazing. Never heard of thermally treated ash… sure gives it a nice dark color. Is it an end grain board?
 

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Wow - that's a beaut…....! Great work…....
 

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its killing my eyes. nice work.
 

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Amazing work, it seems like it could make you dizzy and cut your fingers off!
 

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Well you wont see one of these in too many kitchens…. Great Work…..You should do a blog on how these are made…...
 

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This one changes from view to view, very good project!
I like it a lot.
 

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Well done.
That is a lot of careful work and meticulous cutting. You did it justice.

Steve
 

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The board is nice. I was also admiring your bench in the 2nd pic. Nice!
 

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I really like it but put me in the "afraid to use it" club. I like to cook and I have really sharp knives …... and I value my fingers.
It kind of takes me back to a mis-spent youth as well. .
Thanks for the memories.

Whatever … a brilliant pattern, well executed
 

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Thanks for all the kind comments. This board was proof that the day and a half of tuning my table saw was worth the effort! It is not an end grain board but could be made that way.

To answer bobasaurus - A local lumberyard mistakenly left ash in the kiln whose temperature rose too high and it caramelized the sugar. At least, that's what my supplier told me. The wood is a mellow brown throughout. It is totally unlike ash in its working characteristics - kind of powdery shavings, really weird.

Ub1chris - The workbench has a dedication that says, "In memory of Douglas Feldwick (1914-2008) from his grateful apprentice and loving son." I think of him every time I pick up a tool.
 

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Great cutting board, hope the user does not stare to long at it
 
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