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Published on February 3rd, 2014 | by Martin Raynsford


Escher Lizard Lack Hack

DSC07360 (Custom)

One day, I rested my lizard spiral pattern on my Lack side table and an idea was born. The pattern is laser cut from 3mm plywood and is based on the Escher image “Development II”

I stained 3 sheets of laser plywood with wood dye, Mahogany, Jacobean Oak and Antique Pine. I decided a plain/white border around the edge of the table would look best. Three different sets of lizards were cut, one in each colour and then I mixed and matched the appropriate parts while gluing them onto the top of the table. This does mean I now have three Escher side tables kicking round my house.

I sanded the top of the Lack table to key the surface of the table and help the glue stick to it.

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The border was split into four parts, one for each side of the table. The largest lizards interlock nicely with the border and hold it in place while the glue sets.

It’s easiest to build up the lizards in rings working towards the centre. Once you’re at the middle you can fit the centre piece with a little bit of wiggling.

More images and information can be found on my blog.

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12 Responses to Escher Lizard Lack Hack

  1. Eileen says:

    Hack of the year for 2014. I can’t tell you how much I love this.

  2. Gudrun Nina says:

    Absolutely amazing. I’m a big fan of Escher and would love to own a table like this one!

  3. StevoTheDevo says:

    Ladies and Gentleman, we have our winner for 2014..
    No further entries are required!

  4. Wehaf says:

    This is gorgeous!

  5. Evil Britta says:

    Such skill, much technical.

  6. Marianne says:

    Wauw amazing! You did a good job there. Escher all the way

  7. SD-Cr8 says:

    Blows, really like this. Top work.

  8. Dots says:

    I’m surprised to see people talk of hack of the year on this one.

    It certainly looks very nice and is very well done, but in the end it’s little more than a decorated table. The fanciness comes from the special tools, rendering it relatively meaningless on an inspirational low-cost diy site for “normal” people.

  9. says:

    Awesome! Was this a jigsaw puzzle, originally?

  10. Intrance says:

    Just brilliant, I love it

  11. zledafitz zledafitz says:

    Well, may not be able to be done by lots of people but some handy creative folks could see it and be inspired. Great creation.

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