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Snakes Pattern in Solid Wood #1: The Challenge of the Snakes

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After posting the ‘Pattern of Four’ aka ‘Snakes’ box it occurred to me that it must be able to be done in solid wood, not just veneer. Another challenge methinks. Heres the pattern
I think this can be reduced to its simplest components. Two types of square; one made up of four triangles and the other a simple square with sides half the length of the first. Each individual snake pattern is made up of four triangles and one square.
Trust me I’ve seen the patterns in the CAD (you sound like a chuffing mystic, more like). So I set about cutting up as much American Black Walnut and Maple as I have spare. The large ones are 20mm square and the small ones are not finished size yet but approx. 15mm square.

The next thing to do was cut up the large ones into triangles. I made a jig, so


This produced all of these

Which are re-arranged into these patterns

Now we see why the small squares are not finish size yet. Their side lengths will be 1/2 of these ‘four triangle patterns’ once they are glued and cleaned up. The gluing went thus


Using masking tape and TightBond III.
Now I’m waiting for these to dry

(Spot the deliberate mistake.) When thats done I’ll finish sand them square and size the small ones from their dimensions.

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



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a1Jim

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#1 posted 1514 days ago

That’s why your a master box builder with neat jigs and techniques like that. Very slick Martyn.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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BritBoxmaker

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#2 posted 1514 days ago

I forgot to say that it was Larry (degoose) who prompted my train of thought on this one, sorry.

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

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degoose

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#3 posted 1514 days ago

Thanks Martyn… I too am waiting for the next installment… I have also been looking into doing somthing like this… may have time to give it a go shortly but I am in the process of making a woven Dip and Chip LL…
Later…Larry

-- Drink twice... and don't bother to cut... @ lazylarrywoodworks.com.au For lovers of all things timber...

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BritBoxmaker

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#4 posted 1514 days ago

Thats OK, Larry, you know I like a challenge. Look forward to seeing your new Dip and Chip.

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

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degoose

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#5 posted 1514 days ago

Just posted a comment on your snakes project ….this came to mind… I think I could make this work rather easily…
Had another look and bingo… an epiphany…I can see clearly now… will still try it my way…

-- Drink twice... and don't bother to cut... @ lazylarrywoodworks.com.au For lovers of all things timber...

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BritBoxmaker

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#6 posted 1514 days ago

There usually is more than one way to skin a cat.

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

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mtkate

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#7 posted 1514 days ago

I am ogling your router bit box in the last photo…

Maybe you need an apprentice the next time I get myself to England… I learn so much reading your blogs. Thanks for taking the time.

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BritBoxmaker

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#8 posted 1514 days ago

Thank you for your kind comments.

I’ll try to get a full shot of the router bit box in as and when I can.

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

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SPalm

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#9 posted 1514 days ago

You be a busy man. “Geometric Man”

Sweet triangle zero clearance guide holder thingy. I have to tuck that away.

Now that DeGoose thinks he has a different way of doing it, I just know my little brain will be busy tonight trying to figure out another way too. I hate my brain.

Steve

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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BritBoxmaker

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#10 posted 1514 days ago

Go on, Steve. You know you want to.

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

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patron

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#11 posted 1514 days ago

up to your ears ,
in smart things to do again , huh (LOL) ?

how can we ever keep up with you ,
you land something new ,
before we even find the wood to do the early ones !

-- 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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wchips

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#12 posted 1514 days ago

Thank you for the neat idea.especially the jig to cut a45% angle on a strip of wood without setting the blade at 45%. I just hate to crank the blade clear down to 45%. I guess I am getting old and lazy

-- wchips

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Houtje

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#13 posted 1514 days ago

It’s again a very good and nice Idea.
Keep on gooing Martyn.

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OutPutter

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#14 posted 1513 days ago

Nice work again Martyn. One question. When you were cutting the triangles on the jig, did you push the stick along the length of the jig? If so, how did you get it all the way past the blade? If not, what did you do?

Best,

-- Jim

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BritBoxmaker

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#15 posted 1513 days ago

Jim, I pushed it all the way along the jig. Initially with the next piece and when there were no further pieces to cut I used a push stick. All the way through a second push stick was used to keep the current piece, being cut, seated down on the jig and thus avoid it climbing the back end of the blade.. Its also ESSENTIAL to check the squareness of the blade to the table and jig before starting.

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

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