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Blog entry by BertFlores58 posted 10-01-2012 08:20 AM 4277 reads 3 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Keep on wondering?!. Where am I now on woodwork? Lot of projects but only beginning.

Yes, as a hobbiest I am not particular in finishing a project. When I see something in my workshop, my mind will think of something else. The results are these: (Please note that they are not finished yet that is why you won’t see it in the projects.


I experimented on using the old method of sawing pieces using miter boxes as guides. After a while… I have these…. You can see some nails standing as the limiting guides for the length. This will prevent from using pencil line for guide that is time consuming.

My 60×30 degree miter box. This is the one I used most of the time.

And these… varies in making the stars, 45 degrees and many more.

5 pieces of them with different cut…. how many were scrapped… nevermind because these are made to last only for a hundred cuts if you are careful.

And the timbers, woodstrips, lumber… no matter how you call it, they are scrapped wood being recycled. All the woods I am using are made of offcuts, old recycled and some off-cuts.

You can see that I have no more ebony—Philippine KAMAGONG. The black colored wood that is so versatile and strong. I have to resharpen my backsaw as this is really hard to cut.

From these: I have these….


Plenty on my mind to do with these. What ever I can do with the combination of colors and the shape will now create shape. For example…

and many others…


Allow me to minimize my captions by just giving the highlights only

The cubixes…tumbling blocks —a never ending challenge to make…..

The stars…

The netted boxes

This a huge box created from a two tone version of cubix with a top that will match the sides’ motif.

The lace ribbon folded in diagonal weave

I have experimented a design like this…

The 4 pointed stars from rhombus.

The MOBIUS Triangle
The plan is to make a hexabox with tilting joint to prove that all joints can be done side to side.

The table cloth

This is elevated strips of wood cut into rhombus. A difficult situation where you have to sand perfectly before assembly. Carefully glued together avoiding much smear because there is no way to sand it again due to the elevated stripes belt. I took this close-up to show the elevated part of the wood strips.

The problem with me… I always start the design and do the assembly of the board. I have no intention in making boxes out of them. I let it stay for a while. Time will come that I will go back to this work and finish them to a functional boxes. I just share these boards to let my buddies that I am still into woodwork. The evidences like photos are there for you to enjoy. Glad to hear from everyone who has some critics and suggestions that will improve the…

Hope you enjoy these boards who are just waiting to become some boxes in the future….

God bless.

-- Bert

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#1 posted 10-01-2012 08:32 AM

Now you have me thinking…I will have to forgo all the things that must be finished and delivered this week …just so I can play with the various designs you have shown me…. or not…maybe next week when I have time… I will favourite this and get back to it… wonderful post full of wonderful ideas…

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#2 posted 10-01-2012 08:52 AM

I do believe you on this.. You are the one of those who started me to think the geometry in woods. Thanks for it… In return, I do expect something from you Larry a project with a laser-touched cutting boards. I think combining a wooden strips with lazer cut based on the elevation (depth) of cut will create a modern wood carving and reassembling them like what we do with cutting boards. Just remembering those boards you made, my mind works so fast again. Thanks Larry.

-- Bert

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#3 posted 10-01-2012 10:54 AM

Amazing, Bert. I am inclined to experiment also. I have a number of simple things in my shop that are waiting to be finished.
I find your work enthralling. The experience of viewing them is like getting a visual massage. The illusion of 3D is so intense where the viewers wonder which are the high points and which are the low. Or what visual specialists call the “figure/ground” principle, where the eye automaticaly tries to determine which parts belong to the foreground and the background. In the cube like pattern one may wonder how many cubes there are.
Good conversation pieces. Fine work! Congratulations!

-- Ed "Real happiness is one that you share."

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#4 posted 10-01-2012 03:25 PM

You have been busy, Bert. Some very interesting stuff here.

I especially like the star designs, really good.

Also what is that green coloured wood? that is intriguing.

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

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#5 posted 10-01-2012 03:27 PM

Your mind is a wonderful place to visit Bert.
Thanks for the tour.

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

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#6 posted 10-01-2012 03:55 PM

Bert you sure have a great mind


-- 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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#7 posted 10-01-2012 08:43 PM

Thanks to all of you. To be honest, the LJ people are the usual stimuli that let my imagination work.

Ed – Salamat and likewise keep experimenting.

Martyn – I don’t know the name. It came from Europe as a pallet. It is medium hard but light. I have got 20×80 mm and the last one left. I thought it was pine. The sap part is colored white which is also same hardness. This is really a rare specie that is green… I knew you are looking for this color.. I love green color. I am right in my thinking that you will be the first one to ask about the greenwood.

Jamie – Thanks. Your work is also exemplary in terms of those recyclables.

-- Bert

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#8 posted 10-01-2012 08:50 PM

I do recall most of my time onboard the vessel when I connect with you. I missed sometimes the sealife specially working in the lathe machine (metal) and welding works. The art of making cones is coming all the times in my mind. Fabricating too. By the way, I never had tried hide glue… because it is not available here. I just use what is available.

-- Bert

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