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Has anyone made a cutting boards utilizing cascading tile design?
What is the best process to utilize with the best result??

Now for the true question------My daughter wants me to make a new kitchen table for her family with an inlay in the center (similar to what is pictured below). I am hesitant at this point thinking of wood movement and just something that I have never seen done. If I were to go through with the project, the primary material would be solid Oak with the inlay of ??exotic or native lumber?
Thanks for your input and ideas that you might have.

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Dick, you looking to do the pattern in solid wood, or as an inlay? How big?
The pattern itself is not difficult. 60 degree cuts pretty much sums it up.
Wood choice is important in so much as they for the "blocks" to look real, they need to
look like one piece. I've used a single wood then lightly stained 2 out of the 3
pieces that make up each block. 1 natural, 1 lightly stained, 1 with just a little darker
stain. Naturals look good also, cherry, maple, walnut, ash etc. You want woods with a similar grain pattern for the look to be more consistent. Not a huge requirement, but it lends itself nicely to a project. With veneers, I've just used a X-acto knife to cut the pieces. If your thinking of a solid piece, a good deal more work, but worth the effort as well.

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thanks for the video Bill...

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Bill,
Thanks for the video.
If I follow through on the request as "requested", I will likely glue up a full thick section, then cut into app. 1/4" thickness for inlay. This would be used as an accent inlay within the top at one or more locations. I am considering both face grain and end grain orientation. Which do you think would work the best for this type of application? Thinking of strength, how thick of an inlay would you consider?
I will see my daughter this weekend and I am sure that the table will come up in conversation. When I have a better feel for the desires, and after we have visited a few furniture stores for ideas I may have a better feel for the project. Anticipated start time is in Jan. if I can get my ducks in a row.
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A great video Bill, thanks, This will go into my " might do one day file". That is great.
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A nice video, Bill, thanks for posting it. The design is such an interesting optical illusion as it constantly fools the eye even when you are watching the pieces being glued in place.

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A nice video, Bill, thanks for posting it. The design is such an interesting optical illusion as it constantly fools the eye even when you are watching the pieces being glued in place.
I agree. I was sitting here with my first cup of coffee wondering if I was really seeing what I thought I was.
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My eyeballs were turned one up and one down at first glance. After watching the video, they righted themselves.
That looks like it is right down my wheelhouse, hmmmmmmmmmmmm.
Go for it,make the table and post some pictures.

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I too am contemplating an end grain (white oak) project, using 1/8" and 1/4" inserts into a frame, and am concerned about wood movement, would appreciate comments to this point.
Appreciate comments.
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