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SPIRAL DESIGN #6: Hexaspiral - The triangulation way

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Blog entry by BertFlores58 posted 03-26-2011 03:25 PM 2300 reads 3 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 5: A new wood contrast... Narra to Eucalyptus Part 6 of SPIRAL DESIGN series Part 7: Hexaspiral box - Slicing using Japanese saw »

I decided to make a realistic work in converting scalenes to create a spiral design from a hexagon origin. At first I was thinking of the difficulty I will be facing in constructing it. Take a good look of following designs:

THE DIFFERENT COLOR AND BIGGER TRIANGULATIONS.

THE BLACKHOLE—The black and white in smaller strips

In a way, it looks easy to construct however, creating the acute angle of less 5 deg is difficult. Here are the steps I made:

STEP 1 – Make a hexagonal rod…. About 3” in length and 5/8 in diameter.
STEP 2 – Make a triangular rod to suit accordingly. Cut into pieces of 1-1/2”. At this point, you must be careful in cutting avoiding the tearing of the wedge like pieces.
STEP 3 – Glue up using a masking tape… There is no way to clamp this pieces because it is inclined and will just slip to one side.
STEP 4 – Plane then file to rich the exact width and carefully measuring the angle of 60 degree each corner.

I repeated Step 2 to 4 up to 9 levels. Here is the reality:


STEP 5 – I continued doing the step 2 to 4 everytime a layer is added but this time, it is quite easier to cut because I can use my miter saw for cutting the sides. The difficulty now is cutting the wedges since the sides are becoming longer.

After 12 layers, It is now about 4” side to side. Here is how it looks:


Here is the flipside where you can see the hexagonal rod

Until now I dont have any idea what it will be. If I will continue adding more layers, it would be very heavy because I use all really hardwood on this project. Though these are all scraps, recycled and cut-offs, I have to select the best closed grain kind of wood.

Red and brown are IPIL, NARRA …
TAN or YELLOW BROWN—MOLAVE
BLACK – KAMAGONG…
WHITE .. I have no idea. I pick this up in the trash at the office from an OLD NAMPLATE STAND.

IF ANYONE WILL SAY THAT IT WILL BE A CUTTING BOARD… i DONT WANT IT TO BE.
IF I WILL SLICE IT AND MAKE A COASTER.. My wife want it that way.. Or just a paper weight.
JUST WAIT and SEE…. WHAT DO YOU THINK IS BEST FOR IT.

TILL THEN…

-- Bert



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#1 posted 03-26-2011 04:14 PM

very cool … Bud …

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#2 posted 03-26-2011 04:49 PM

You have such great ideas, Bert!
I’ll be watching for the final reveal, but judging from the start, It will be stunning.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fiberglass trees. http://prmdesigns.com/

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#3 posted 03-26-2011 06:17 PM

Brilliant patterns, Bert. Especially the black and white one. I’d say use it as a box top but then I would say that, wouldn’t I?

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging. http://www.theartofboxes.com

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#4 posted 03-26-2011 07:19 PM

Great patterns Bert. Do also like the B&W one, since is simpler to the viewer.

Agree with Martyn. Box top. A safe place to store the coasters then.

So everybody happy

-- Back home. Fernando

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#5 posted 03-26-2011 09:09 PM

Lazy Susan. Inlay for something. No real good ideas Bert, its incredible and will make a beautiful whatever it becomes.

-- Bill - "Freedom flies in your heart like an Eagle" Audie Murphy

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#6 posted 03-26-2011 11:30 PM

Martyn,
The best is the black and white series.. You can have different number of sides and it will look nice too. Anyone can make a pentaspiral, triaspiral, quadspiral, etc. You are right in saying previously that impossible is always possible. Thanks for this guiding light that blink when you needed it. Here are some of the other BLACKHOLE SERIES:

PENTASPIRAL

QUADSPIRAL

Cheers.

Bill, Ohio, and Paul, Thanks for the suggestions….

-- Bert

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#7 posted 03-27-2011 12:07 AM

Very nice, Bert. I like the way your mind works. I may have to give this a try.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging. http://www.theartofboxes.com

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#8 posted 03-27-2011 12:36 AM

Martyn,
Its all yours… watch out for more geometrical symetry.. probably I will be working on circles.. I like to think about a HELIX or HELICAL CURVES…. TWO CENTERS MOVING TOGETHER creating ELIPSE and HELIX. THREE CENTERS are too much that even sketchup is not capable… meaning X, Y and Z centers are affected.
I just walk up and my daydreaming is working and taking my morning coffee… Have a nice weekend.

-- Bert

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#9 posted 03-27-2011 12:51 AM

Bert, with me the ideas come in the half awake state just before you fall asleep, theres probably a technical name and description for it. Dreaming either in the night or daytime can be a very creative process.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging. http://www.theartofboxes.com

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#10 posted 06-17-2012 09:38 AM

I would LOVE of you would make a blog where you elaborate on the jigs, tools and methods you use for cutting the pieces accurately enough to reach such a beautifull result

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#11 posted 06-18-2012 03:47 AM

Hi Roer,
Been a long time that I had done this. Actually, I am making another wave of such.
About a jig, none one use on this kind. The difficult part is to start with a hexagonal rod that will hold the pieces during gluing and saw manually for the first layer gluing the triangles. Then, CUT THE SIDES using the miter saw if it becomes bigger. Waiting time for the glue is quite long. If you find a good quick dry glue, it will lessen time consumed.

-- Bert

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