BALL IN A BOX #1: The design - 4 colors

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Blog entry by BertFlores58 posted 09-21-2011 11:35 AM 1613 reads 1 time favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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This is my first attemp to make rounded joints… The design is simple and used two radii only so it is easy to set-up router circle jig. Here is the sketch up drawing. I like to have your ideas whether it is much better to use solid wood rather than veneer. My last project was so difficult to glue the veneer. I have no plans yet to the step by steps in making this design a reality… Just look at it first and probably you can suggest. Or you can try it….




-- Bert

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#1 posted 09-21-2011 12:11 PM

That is truly and cool design, Bert. It will be interesting to see if it can be done. :)


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

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#2 posted 09-21-2011 12:31 PM

Everything can be done… not by just anyone.. but Bert will probably pull that off..

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#3 posted 09-21-2011 02:07 PM

You got this Bert. For a man with your skills this is do-able.

-- If you don't work, you don't eat!.....Garland, TX

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#4 posted 09-21-2011 03:41 PM

Lacking experience, I can not say whether this would be easier in veneer or solid wood, but in either form
it would be a challenging build. Thank you once again for making us want to try the impossible, so that
after a few tries, it will merely become improbable and then a finished project. Thank you for sharing.

-- As ever, Gus-the 79 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#5 posted 09-21-2011 05:15 PM

This design is eminently possible. Solid wood is better, Bert. You can make one of your leaf shaped patterns (about four times as thick as they need to be) then re-saw it to make four identical ones. Thats how I do it. Same with the sphere. Do half a pattern, twice as thick, then resaw. See part two (onwards) of the Inverted world blog for details. As for trying it, Bert. I prefer to make my own patterns.

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

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#6 posted 09-22-2011 12:26 AM

Watch out Bert.
This looks like a slippery slope to marquetry. First curved lines, then reverse curves, and before you know it you’re a marqueter(ist?).
I’d do it just as Martyn says except that I’d resaw it first and then cut the shape out of a packet….. ;-)
And Cosmo is definitely right….. “You got this Bert”.

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

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#7 posted 09-22-2011 12:40 AM

You guys are too funny. I’ve got you all beat. I just get Bert to build it, then I buy it from him. What are you waiting for, get busy Bert. :) Interesting design, go for it! Nice job on the SU too.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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#8 posted 09-22-2011 01:35 AM

Thank you all for the support.

I been looking for several time on your inverted and I have always the same problem where the center could be that I will avoid destroying the edge. From what the calculus and differential equation is saying, the foci is always in within the area inscribed… nevermind what it means LOL just a simple saying… I have to drill a hole for my circle making jig for the router as the center but that becomes also the edge. Well, I like your suggestion, I had made this method on the spiral below where I resaw after I had assembled… it works well… but using crosscutting.. what about the ripcutting? Thanks for the tip… you are really making the challenge easy.

to this…

I think, I need your CHEVALET here. That would be handy for stacking the boards to use. It seems, the order is for more than one box on this… Maximum, I can using a router is only two pieces because my router bits (1/8 straight) is only 1/2 in cutting capacity… But I can use the big reaming bit (1/2 dia x 3 inches cutting bit) and make a pattern then stack all the boards that will be routed… Thanks for the idea.

My mind blinks from the idea you commented previously regarding the use of double tape in stacking of boards then cut it in one pass. On Paul’s and Martyn’s above suggestion, you are are the joiner. Huh, What a nice combination of EXPERTS!!!

Actually, I have to combine forces again from LJs.. LOL … I WILL MAKE THE PLAN AND POST IT…

Rance… I like your quote… never buy a handplane… there is no way to buy a plane that I need in this project. I need a 45 degree RABETTING, SKEW BLADE, INSIDE CURVING, OUTSIDE CURVING COMBINATION PLANE… the only way is to make it… But nevermind… One RASPS FILE is all you can buy and that kind of plane is not available in any store.. LOL.

WAIT AND SEE…. That’s all we can hope with my hand this weekend.
Have a challenging day!

-- Bert

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#9 posted 09-22-2011 05:29 PM

Take a look at the jig I made for “Lazy Larry’s”. The same technique could be used to create the curves for your box.

-- "A goal without a plan is a wish."

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#10 posted 10-02-2011 03:40 PM

What a cool design. When i get some time in the shop, I might have to try this.

-- John

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