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I've been wanting to try my hand at one of these 3D cutting boards for a while now. This one took over 30 glueups. It's made of Hard Maple, Cherry, Walnut, and Padauk. I had a lot of trouble with keeping the angle correct when gluing up the Equilateral triangles. From there it went down hill. I ended up custom fitting every triangle. I did make a set of detailed plans, which I am sharing. Maybe some of you can have more luck keeping the triangles as perfect Equilateral Triangles. If you can do that the rest should be easy. But even with all the trouble, it's a good looking board.

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That is, in my opinion, the most attractive boards I have seen. Great job! I might have to try that one myself.
 

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I would cut off my finger trying to use it, looks amazing!
 

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Definately not easy pattern…looks just great!
 

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What glue did you use? I ask because I don't see a glue line between the hard maple segments which you'd expect to see w/TBIII - typical cutting board glue. Thanks.
 

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I used Titebond 3. I put it on very thick for lots of squeeze out. Even then I had a few joints that did not fit up tight. Those cracks were filled with Titebond 3 and saw dust. I have saw dust in buckets, it's left over from building boats. I have maple, Douglas fir, and hickory dust. The boat building dust is very fine. Much finer than sawdust from your sander bag. These three colors give me a good color selection for making my own wood filler.
 

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Wow! Great job. Is this your own design? Is this glued up with all little pieces of wood or did you start out with long triangles glued up and then cut to thickness?
 

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Very very nice. It came out great.
 

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" But even with all the trouble, it's a good looking board. "

I'd call that an understatement, outstanding, one of a kind, an eye catcher and many others come to mind.
 

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The design was copied from a board I saw on Pinerest. If I were to make another I would size the triangles down to make the pattern repeat more often on the finished board. As for building the board, I glued up long triangular pieces. The pieces were 15" long. Then the triangles were cut into 1 5/8" slices. I did this on the bandsaw and the slices ended up to be not coplanar. When you lay them down and piece them together the glue surfaces were not coplanar. They would be tight to the top but open to the back side, to fix this I had to sand each edge at a angle to make each piece fit. I did this on every piece and glued and clamped each piece one at a time. As the the board got bigger I could attach more than one piece at each glue-up.
 

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So you did use TBIII. May I request a full face on view? Love to get a good look at those maple joints.
Thanks.
 

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Looks great to me John, great job!
 

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Here is the view you requested


It was hard to get it without glare.
 

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This is totally awesome. Thanks for sharing it with us.
 

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Thanks! I'm surprised there are no brown-ish glue lines but it looks great. And your joints overall are quite good. I also think you're correct about making the triangles a little smaller, though not too much smaller, to enhance the 3D effect.

There's a lot of cutting and gluing in that board, you have great patience. Excellent job.
 

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Patience is something I learned when I built my first boat. 850 total hours. 300 of it was sanding, sanding, sanding, then more sanding.
 

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WOW nice board.

You must be the child of Phil with his Escher work, and Mustanger with his incredibly tight miters. That Sir is a work of art.

Thanks for sharing.
 

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Hello English, you did a fantastic job figuring this out. You mentioned you created some plans that you'd share. How do we obtain a copy of your plans?
 

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PM me your email and I will email to you.
 

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Theres a mistake in blanks #5 and #6 renderings above. They are shown differently than how they are in the glue-up rendering.
John English, do you still have these plans available?
 
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