It took me a different trial of wood samples. Since the plan is to have it done in endgrain, I have to select the wood that will not break at thickness of 7 mm or nearly 3/16 inch. I used my own strength for testing it. I have found several strong wood mostly 2/3. Cut them into desired pieces and looks like this.
Another difficulty is select proper combinations of color depending on the design. I need some contrast to emphasize the design. I have to test the pieces by spraying water to the pieces. I was satisfied with the wood pieces I find and match them to form squares out of two different triangles.
The gluing turn out good and not a lot of work however, the sawing is not perfect and most of the time I have to use file to have a good and perpendicular contact with each joint pieces. Since I have to make 6 different ciculars sections of different design, I make a template as a pattern to cut the pieces in the right directions and positions. I made 3 sections (only from the bigger side) and let the small pieces to be done later. I planed the sides to be 10 degrees with a jack plane. Doing this manually makes me confident that I can control the need angle and joint requirements. Here are some photos on the results.
Here is the progress as of today….
TO ALL LJ. I really need help on finishing the endgrain. I tested the first section I made and just rub it with poly but to my dismay, the colors of the wood changes to all brown with just a little contrast as the original when I spray water. Is there a secret way to finish endgrain so that it will retain the color of the wood?
Here is the closeup of what happened after a coat of poly… Contrast was lost compared to the photo above where there was no coat yet.
Hi Martyn (Britboxmaker), I you ever read, I now realized why you are using sanding sealer and wax.. I think I will follow your way. I will test this by next opportunity.
By the way, to let you know… This a very slow project… I am still thinking how to work faster in using Jigs.. Anyone who have in mind is very welcome…. I don’t know if I ever finished this cause it is really time consuming and I do my woodworks only during the weekends….. till next….