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Blog entry by BertFlores58 posted 11-03-2013 03:07 PM 2683 reads 2 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have been out for quite a period. I was attending trainings and I have very limited time to work with woods.

Here are some of my latest adventures. ALL OF THEM HAVE UNIQUE ILLUSIONS.


Nothing unusual on this design but just make boarders that looks like a shadow, The bricks are narra parquet and the red shadow is IPIL and the white is LAUAN. All Philippine wood.

The plan is to use this board as the top of the bedside table of a laptop… well it will be whatever it will be but the illusion of an elevated bricks will always be there.



A cube illusion is easy to do using a 60×30 degree rhombus. Just like the one used for tumbling blocks. Here is the beauty in taking photos rather than explaining it in words.

Actually, I have very limited ebony solid pieces (black). The yellow (jackfruit) are just left over from the banduria that I had used. Aside from this, I have several leftover of those rhombus that has no use already. So therefore, I have to laminate (meaning stack and glue the ebony to the rhombus to make the black pieces) the pieces to form the desired combination. At first it was really tiring to complete the required pieces which is 12×7 pieces.

The backside is not as good as I expect so…. I have made some covering veneers with design.



The last but not the least… the most exciting part is to use my last bit of green wood pieces. It was exciting to find out that I still have some green pieces left over. To make it more, I rip it into 1/8” thick and laminate it with the narra wood (not all… I use other pieces like lauan) The yellow still the jackfruit that was leftover in my musical restoration work. The red is ipil. This time, the red and yellow were laminated to each other. I just flip it to make the real combination whether it will be yellow or red.

The flipside pattern….

It is up to all readers how do you react on the other variation that I made with the famous illusion… the tumbling blocks. It is still there but the blocks are interlaced with each other just like a jackstone.

The plan is to make a hexagonal box so I had made 6 pieces more for the sides..

This is how the sides will be joined together.

This is how the top will be joined with the sides.

Of course, Z-miter method of Martyn (Britboxmaker) will be appropriate for this box. But until now, I don’t have the 60 deg mitering router bit. I will think of the other way how to cut the sides. Last time, I cut it with 45 degree chamfering bit but it was so difficult to make the caulking pieces to fill up the gaps…. here is the link of that… THE CAULKING WAY.

So, here I am again, doing the same old habit, hobby I should say. This is a nice way to be back again.

Till this time….
Hope this will add more encouragement to the woodworkers and think of a better way to do it… your way. My way is quite hard and not on mass production.

Thanks for reading.

-- Bert

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#1 posted 11-03-2013 08:12 PM

Cool, more inspiration, thanks.

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#2 posted 11-04-2013 05:41 AM

That’s way cool Bert…....more please…...

-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#3 posted 11-04-2013 09:13 AM

Really beautiful, Bert! They all look awesome! :)


-- 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 11-04-2013 09:27 AM

love your ‘innovations’ bert

always something new and challenging

keep it up

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#5 posted 11-04-2013 10:22 AM

Thanks to all. There are lot of designs in my mind however, there are lot of difficulties in specially when it comes to the expansion and contraction of woods due to high humidity in our place. Sometimes, I am amazed that it becomes concave after the glue dries. Probably, the density variation in the wood combination is one of the factors… means that a softwood tends to expand and contract more as compared with the hardwood. This is also one of my challenges.
Thanks again buddies,

-- Bert

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#6 posted 11-04-2013 10:27 AM

I find that to be true also, Bert. The denser the wood, the less variation in moisture and expansion. But dense wood isn’t always easy to find and doesn’t make as appealing contrast as we would always like it to. I can imagine how much it would affect projects such as you are showing here. I suppose one answer would be to use wood with the least amount of moisture content to begin with, although as the humidity changes and rises, the different species would absorb moisture at different rates and again you may encounter some difficulties. Perhaps sealing the pieces soon after assembly would be the answer. I am sure you thought of this though.

In any case, I always enjoy seeing what you are up to. I hope you have a great day. :)


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

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#7 posted 11-04-2013 11:48 AM

Thanks Sheila,
I apply sealing as quick as I can but it takes a bit long to cure the glue…. that is another. Someway somehow we woodworkers knew these wood reaction but we keep on going for it. That is how it becomes exciting. The Mitsubishi above is all what I can say has one of the techniques. The grain orientation are glued opposite each other so they push each one in all directions.
I posted another project just a while which is also exciting.. not really my genre… a different adventure.
Have a nice productive day.

-- Bert

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#8 posted 11-05-2013 12:46 PM

Great work Bert, I’m glad they don’t make sidewalks like these!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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