DESIGNS FOR WOOD STRIPS #2: Rainbow Box Progress

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Blog entry by BertFlores58 posted 04-16-2011 04:05 AM 2077 reads 2 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: The Concept Part 2 of DESIGNS FOR WOOD STRIPS series Part 3: Rainbow just shine in the sky »

The choice is right for my strips—the rainbow box. The strips is compose of 9 kind of woods but not really hard but just right on my visual of a darkening hue arrangement. It looks like a monochromatic colors. Everybody likes contrast in wood, however I found that most melancholic effect comes from a slowly darkening colors. At this time, I will reverse my presentation.. It will be inverted. Whatever present from the time I posted the blog, the first paragraph will be present condition then going back on suceeding paragraph…. That is how the news is presented.

THE GLUE-UP….. The photo shows the outcomes but not the difficulty in pressing the pieces. If only I have 3 hands. The left and right is holding the two pieces then the 3rd one should mask it with a tape. But I manage to do it. Enjoy the sticky part….

The future spaces that will be filled-up….

another one…..

THE CUTTING PROCESS…. I decided to reduce the inner diameter to 2+inches so I can end up with the smallest piece of around 1/4 inch. The outer piece will have little over of 1 inch. This leads to an angle of 5 degrees. The easiest way to cut is to use my Sliding Compound miter saw. That was easy… But there was a couple times that the smal pieces of cut were thrown away. Because I made the wrong way of cutting it.
The bigger part of the taper should be in the end part of the sawcut. This is to avoid the tapering cut to squeeze through the guide and the saw blade…. This allow recess….

Please note that I have two colored rainbow sets…

And this is what I need for the moment …. the black boarderd rainbow.

Nothing so serious about the work however it seems that I am making a big box out of these small scraps…

Till next

-- Bert

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#1 posted 04-16-2011 04:08 AM

From my daughter…. Janna says… LOOKS LIKE A RACETRACK.. LOL yah and I will make carts for it too…

-- Bert

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#2 posted 04-16-2011 07:06 AM

Lookin good so far….......... did you get any pics of how you bent / pressed the pieces?

Thanks Bert!

-- Gene, Majestic Eagle Woodworks,,

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#3 posted 04-16-2011 01:36 PM

I love seeing this come to life, Bert! It makes so much sense when you show it. It is going to really be a wonderful piece! Keep those blogs coming! :D


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

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#4 posted 04-16-2011 03:26 PM

Thanks for the inspiration, I know how it will be realized. All I need to do is combine the LJ skills… I am just a novice with only patience at hand.

Gene, The strips of wood were glued and pressed on my oversized vise.. (I will take pictures next opportunity). However not the whole 9 pieces. I have to do it 3 pieces at a time and waited till dry. After few minutes I have to join the 3 sets to make it 9 piece board. Due that I am using only cut-off, I was able to have 4 pieces of board with each length (usable length) was 10 inches. That is enough for the whole rainbow box. By the way, there is other half white outside board. Pressing is the most tedious part, but it was easy when i used a quarter try square and force them in to form a quarter round of the rainbow and immediately taped it in (still without glue) then I inverted it and glued it one joint at a time and tape it again.

Gluing with the use of try square for a quarter round…

Here is the latest progress of it….

-- Bert

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#5 posted 04-16-2011 04:24 PM

Looks great Bert. Have you ever tried hot hide glue. It could make this sort of assembly easier. You just put the glue on one piece and then “rub” the joint together until you feel it start to grab, a few seconds. It is then stuck and can be handled lightly almost immediately. Additionally you can take it apart any time if you want to change / repair/ remove it. The only problem I have found with hide glue is that I am becoming addicted to it and may never use PVA glue again.

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

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#6 posted 04-16-2011 05:01 PM

Progress is looking very good, Bert. I thought you might end up with some additional parts. A resourceful guy like you is sure to find a use for them though. Like Sheila I think this box is going to be something special.

Good point, Paul. Hide glue is very flexible in its use. If I could only get over the smell !

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

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