DESIGNS FOR WOOD STRIPS #4: 90 degrees bend by cut and paste

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Blog entry by BertFlores58 posted 04-25-2011 04:15 AM 3780 reads 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I have changed the concept on the beveled joint for the rainbow strips. I know it will be difficult to cut and paste (glue) in reality if you are dealing with the 10 mm x 8mm strips of wood. Cutting it with the miter saw will require a tremendous control and patience. The wood wasted by kerf of 2.5 mm will add to my worry if ever I make a mistake then I cannot afford to loose more from what is remaining on my wooded strips. Dealing with the risk of doing things is already mindblogging. But who makes it but only me. I want it that way to achieve my challenge but you can take it if you wish to. I am right in consulting Martyn in a private message to help me out. He had given me an inspiration to do it. LJs are here to help each one.

The Process…
Swing the miter vertically into desired angle. I use a 15 degree bevel so I tilted it to 7.5 deg. I made a trial cut for it and made 7 pieces. Finally I made it on my actual piece. I made 4 pieces on the middle and the last pieces I retained the long ends to be at 7 degree cut. I intend to make an allowance for the end piece (the top portion) for me to adjust the final cut. This will allow a 90 degree bend. ASSUME NO ONE IS PERFECT in the GLUE PROCESS. TIP.. ENSURE A GUIDE THAT WILL BE PERFECT IN CREATING A PARALLEL PIECES.
Cutting the pieces will be FLIPTOPPING the STRIPS in order to avoid wasted. I have two identical wooden strips so I can alternately join them to form the two pieces.

The Gluing ..
The most difficult is the gluing of beveled joint. Using masking tape and rubber band.. two pieces at a time … wait until dry and finally glue up. When I reach the last end… I have to pause and make a final cut to cater for the 90 degree. In this case I made it 13 degree… way out from what I am expecting but it is good. This could be considered as an error but it is what is expected. I use PVA glue which takes a long time of drying…. SAD TO MENTION THAT I HAVE TO RECUT BY HANDSAW AT LEAST ONE JOINT…. JUST BECAUSE THE ALLIGNMENT OF THE COLORS IS VERY OBVIOUS THAT IT IS OFFSET ABOUT 1mm.


Slight gaps but can be refilled. It is not sanded.

THE EXTRA JOB WHILE DOING THE RAINBOW…. Who can refuse beloved Agnes on her request?
Please note that during the break, I had installled this fake window on the wall and really challenging to use dyna bolts and drilling concrete 9/16 diameter deep of 1-1/2 inches. But I was satisfied with it… this is a bracketless installation… I can use this technique in a floating shelves…. Maybe I will blog it separately… but enjoy the photo below…

Till next…

-- Bert

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#1 posted 04-25-2011 05:38 AM

You just keep innovating Bert, I love it. This will be very interesting to see when it’s all shined up.

Good work.

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

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#2 posted 04-25-2011 11:31 AM

Many thanks Paul. I just can’t control the addiction. But with the situation right now, I will start working on the bottom part. The sides is quite easy if I go back to the orignal plan. Of cours with slight corner changes and hinges location.

However… There are still some alteration on the wood pieces and the hinge style. Another brain twister to deal with. Watch for it.

-- Bert

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#3 posted 04-25-2011 12:14 PM

That is one heck of an achievement, Bert but I knew you could do it. This is going to look spectacular when its finished. It looks impressive now. From your drawing (above) it looks like the rest of the box will be relatively easy to do. You are going great guns with this one. Your adaptability serves you well. I look forward to the next blog entry with anticipation.

I expect Agnes is pleased with the windows as well. An ideal background to your growing project collection.

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

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#4 posted 04-25-2011 01:49 PM

Thanks Martyn,
I humbly say that you are expert in this kind of field of joining pieces. The only one I can share about the glue… I have same brand all through out however I have two aged part: the older one which is so sticky is the one I used for the quick drying and the other new one which is less viscous for long drying.

Agnes, actually gave me a countless hug for the acknowledgement… My plan is to built in a LED TV on the back of the window so that it will be a surprise for everyone when you open it. It was a lot of work… grooving the slides, dadoing the windows and much work of rework for the slides which is recycled door jambs. That was about a 6 hours work though… still to be finished. But as you knew, I have to work for office job and will continue on Saturday again. .. that will delay the most awaited blog.

Cheers and God bless,

-- Bert

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#5 posted 04-25-2011 05:12 PM

Bert that is an amazing project.
Not for the faint hearted.


-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#6 posted 04-26-2011 02:35 AM

Another amazing step to a fascinating process. Thanks so much for the blog, Bert. It is a lesson in beauty and patience to us all.


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

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