How did they do it? (not your average end-grain cutting board)

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Forum topic by Eddie posted 08-06-2013 06:35 PM 54096 views 7 times favorited 44 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-06-2013 06:35 PM

Hey guys,

I found a picture of a beautifully unique end-grain cutting board design that I would LOVE to try and make.
The pic is from a designers page but they mention nothing about construction.

Looks like it would be fun to turn a bowl and shape the board around it.

My question is how you think they formed the ripple?

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#1 posted 08-06-2013 06:40 PM

Eccentrically mounted in a lathe?


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#2 posted 08-06-2013 06:58 PM

Randy Johnson fastball?

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#3 posted 08-06-2013 07:02 PM

Lathe seems really plausible , but wouldn’t you have tons of tear out?

CNC maybe? Cool looking board.

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#4 posted 08-06-2013 07:04 PM

my guess is four of them on a lathe at one time, held together from the back, or one big one on the lathe and then cut into four pieces.

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#5 posted 08-06-2013 07:44 PM

My guess is a router and a jig

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#6 posted 08-06-2013 07:45 PM

ROS (And a hellof a lot of patience!)

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#7 posted 08-06-2013 07:55 PM

+1 to JustJoe’s idea.

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#8 posted 08-06-2013 08:07 PM

Lathe, look close guys , bet there are 3 more some where, it was probably done as a out feed turning, as a big rectangle, then cut intop 4 sections, thats how I would do it, as to tear out as long as you go easy it would do fine, and have sharp tools,

also a overhead pin router would do it as well.

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#9 posted 08-06-2013 08:08 PM

My guess would be a CNC router.

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#10 posted 08-06-2013 08:10 PM

+1 on JustJoe That is exactly how they did it. Turn on large cutting board and then cut into 4 pieces. One piece of work gives you 4 pieces that you can sell! Sounds good to me.

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#11 posted 08-06-2013 08:14 PM

If that was done as one large piece and then cut into 4, the other 3 would look weird, since the center is presumably under the bowl.

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#12 posted 08-06-2013 08:30 PM

I agree with mds2 the idea of doing 4 at once woouldnt work if the center point of those ripples are concentric with the bowl they seem to appear.

I think I can use my shopsmith as an overhead pin router, maybe I will mess around and see if I can rough out something similar on scrap…

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#13 posted 08-06-2013 08:55 PM

They probably used a CNC to do it. Students would make stuff like this every once in a while when I was working at the university shop in college. Most of the time they used high density foam but every once in a while they would laminate sheets of MDF together and make contoured surfaces like that

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#14 posted 08-06-2013 09:00 PM

On a lathe the cut would be centered on the bowl… there would not be 3 more, just a lot of scrap. You can see the undulation goes around the back of the bow. I am not saying it can’t be done on a lathe, but I am voting on CNC.

Edit: with mds2 and Eddie... I walked away in the middle of responding for a bit.

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#15 posted 08-06-2013 09:06 PM

You can turn that off center and the ripples are just as easy to make.

This project is well done.


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