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Making a Red Star for the Red Star Kim box

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Blog entry by BritBoxmaker posted 05-04-2010 05:45 PM 1907 reads 15 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was a challenging commission from a very dear friend. Make a box containing her Red Star.
Well the starting point was a mozaic she has hanging at her home, conveniently posted on her Facebook page (I do love the net, everything at you fingertips).

I decided to base the design around the large, black bordered, star in the top left. The design was accepted so here I went. The first question I asked myself was – How to do it? The clue was in the mozaic and heres how I did it. Please bear with me some of the pics are blurred, these were taken before I discovered the macro setting on my camera.

First I made a blank with 12mm of Padauk with 1mm of ebony on both sides.

Then I sliced across this at 18 degrees.

Then I flipped one piece and re-glued them into one.

I made up a plywood jig, with an included angle of 36 degrees to hold this new piece whilst I cut off both the back angles.

I flipped the jig and the new blank and set the blade to fence gap on the table saw to 4mm and used it to slice up the blank into five identical pieces. Push stick not shown, but essential. I like my fingers as they are.

Here are the pieces.

And here they are re-arranged into a star.

This was glued to a base board with a surrounding of Sycamore, cut as needed.

The box construction was as in the Black and White Dots blog.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging. http://www.theartofboxes.com



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#1 posted 05-04-2010 05:56 PM

thank´s for the toturial on this one
amasing how simple things seems to bee when
they are divided into small steps
plaese keep let them come you do a great job

Dennis

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#2 posted 05-04-2010 05:56 PM

You never cease to amaze me with your skills! WOW! is all I can say! Of course you know, I am going to try this…!

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

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#3 posted 05-04-2010 05:57 PM

How could you resist? Joking aside good luck with it Cozmo

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging. http://www.theartofboxes.com

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#4 posted 05-04-2010 06:07 PM

Thanks for tips.
Someday…...

Thanks for sharing

-- Safety first because someone needs you.

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#5 posted 05-04-2010 06:08 PM

Thanks Martyn! Simpler than it looks. I think.

-- http://barbsid.blogspot.com/

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#6 posted 05-04-2010 06:15 PM

Another great tutorial. Thank you!
I hope I live to be over 200 years old for all that I want to learn and the projects I want to try. Just trying out your designs is sure to keep me going for a couple of years. ;)

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#7 posted 05-04-2010 07:25 PM

very cool, thanks for posting this.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#8 posted 05-05-2010 12:06 AM

Thanks for the information. I found it helpful.

-- She thought I hung the moon--now she just thinks I did it wrong

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bigike

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#9 posted 05-05-2010 12:44 AM

WOW, you make it look so simple.

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop, http://www.icombadaniels@yahoo.com

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#10 posted 05-05-2010 05:40 AM

Very clear description. Thanks for sharing!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#11 posted 05-05-2010 05:43 AM

Well done cool info

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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#12 posted 05-05-2010 08:08 AM

Great tutorial!

-- Will in Boulder, CO

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#13 posted 05-05-2010 10:23 AM

Very well thought out process and a great blog to explain it. I especially liked the jig and the efficient way it was used for the whole job. Thanks for sharing.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#14 posted 05-05-2010 12:18 PM

nice , martyn ,
i saw this before the detail photos appeared ,
so wasn’t to sure what you were talking about .

now i just have to get used to your
strange use of the english language ,
and that funny accent (LOL) !

-- 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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#15 posted 05-05-2010 01:19 PM

here you go autumn ,
http://lumberjocks.com/BritBoxmaker/blog/14897

-- 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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