PARABOLIC DESIGN #2: The hardest part!!!

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Blog entry by BertFlores58 posted 02-28-2011 05:56 PM 1511 reads 1 time favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: Ellipse formed from a Parabola Part 2 of PARABOLIC DESIGN series Part 3: The ultimate solution: Cut by Chisel. »

How will I level up after glue up?

The glue on the ellipse is done and I am quite satisfied. I expect to have more gaps however was corrected and repaired by cutting and regluing.

I was hesitant to plane it with my portable Makita but I just thought if it will be destroyed then I give up. It was the right time that I have good control of my hand. So it turned out good after planing…

A belt sander had helped a lot in making the final thickness. I had reduce the thickness now to 0.5mm…. not so bad.

How about the sides? Do I have same wood?

I started to laminate the sides. I have still two strips of Philippine red mahogany and White hard pine (I doubt if this is pine because the grain is not so visible and it is hard to plane. This I got from an old pallet) The color match with the one I used before… This time I took some pictures during the glue up.

What about the corner patterns?

This is the hardest part as you can see the pieces are so small and I don’t have the idea how to do cut. I have some plan but I do it in the right track and time…. Watch for it… Till next time.

-- Bert

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#1 posted 02-28-2011 06:38 PM

Coming along nicely Bert. I’m not exactly sure what problem with cutting the corner you’re referring to but maybe cutting a little oversize and tuning with a sanding disc will be the solution if you’re worried about the fragile edge being ruined by a direct cut. I did my critical corners this way in my “facets” project. It’s in my blog.
You’re doing amazing work here.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees.

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#2 posted 02-28-2011 08:37 PM

I totally agree with Paul, Bert. Trimming down by sanding afterwards is the way I’d go. Have courage my friend you are progressing well. Your materials management is fine. You are well on the way to a good finish for this project. Keep it up. I await the next blog with anticipation.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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#3 posted 02-28-2011 09:32 PM

That’s quite a project it’s going to be awesome.

-- life an woodworking is one big experiment

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#4 posted 02-28-2011 11:27 PM

Thanks for the encouragements. Really it is possible however it is too small that I could not hold it in place. I really have to use the glue up method to a certain ply or use a double tape to hold it. Will see next time. Challenged but no turning back.

-- Bert

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#5 posted 03-01-2011 03:48 AM

Just saw this Bert – It is coming along wonderfully. So many small pieces! Your patience is very inspirational. I know you are going to pull it all together successfully and I look forward to seeing the next step.

Sheila :)

-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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