Introduction: Making a M.C.Escher's "Winged Lion" End Grain Cutting Board
Step 1: Drawings, Woods
Escher painted the "Winged lion" (#66) in 1945.
This is a tessellated image. All lions are absolutely identical, the light lion is a mirror copy of dark lion.
I made drawing. It consists of four curved lines. Two bottom lines are the reversed copies of two upper lines.
I used black walnut and movingui to fit the colors of the Escher's painting.
Step 2: Milling
I use 2 mm end mill bit and 30-degree V-bit.
I made pockets in the walnut board.
Then I mirror the drawing and made the movingui inlay.
Step 3: For VCarve Pro 8.0 Users
Start depth - 0 mm
Flat depth - 7 mm
Start depth - 5 mm
Flat depth - 3 mm
So I got 2 mm gap between the pocket and the inlay and 3 mm gap between the top of the pocket and the bottom of the inlay.
The feed rate for clearance tool (end mill bit) - 15 mm/sec, for V-bit - 12 mm/sec.
Step 4: Gluing
I saw off the edges of the inlay at the band saw.
Then I glued the pocket and the mirror inlay.
This sandwich must be clamped very well for the best fit.
Step 5: Sanding and Making a Border
Next day I sand the board at the drum sander in several passes (maybe 20-30).
I sawed the edges off to make a "copy" of the whole painting.
I used Far-East walnut for the border. It is lighter than American black walnut.
Step 6: Finishing
Next day I sanded the board with the border at the drum sander. I sanded until the chin of the dark lion not joined with the tail of the next dark lion.
Then I sand the board with the rotary sander.
I treated the board with the mineral oil in the oil bath.
Step 7: The Result
Here is the result.
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