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Snakes Pattern in Solid Wood #3: Preparation or Going for the Big One.

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Blog entry by BritBoxmaker posted 1499 days ago 2043 reads 2 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 2: Puzzling Part 3 of Snakes Pattern in Solid Wood series Part 4: The Union of the Snake »

Right I’ve re-arranged the dark and light maple to different areas of the board, matched grain patterns as much as I can and am now preparing for the glue up.

This above pic shows how I am planning to tackle partial glue-up if the glue setting time starts to become an issue.
The eight softwood sticks allow for straight rectangular clamping at glue-up.

This shows, at the top, the pattern ready for moving to the glue-up frame, bottom. The seperate right hand section of the pattern is the minimum I will glue-up and clamp using the above technique. If glue setting time is not an issue I’ll glue an extra two diagonal rows at the same time. If it is an issue I’ll just clamp this.

The frame is oiled to avoid glue sticking to it as are the sticks. Now I realise that oil contaminating the glue-line could cause problems. I am waiting till the oil on these sticks has thoroughly dried. In addition as a last minute fix I can always use waxed paper if I believe this is an issue.
So I’m gluing-up in sections of as much at a time as possible. This may cause issues but I’ve learned in life to experiment.

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



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Jack Barnhill

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#1 posted 1499 days ago

It’s always fun to see your posts. The different things that you attempt, and successfully complete, keep your posts exciting.

What king of oil are you using on the sticks? Have you ever tried using wax to keep the glue from sticking without seeping into a glue line?

-- Best regards, Jack -- I may not be good, but I'm slow -- www.BarnhillWoodworks.com

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BritBoxmaker

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#2 posted 1499 days ago

Thanks, Jack. Its called Ecowoodoil (made by an Australian Company), I think its tung based, you can google it for more info. Its not the one I intend to use to finish the board. Hmm perhaps I should have used that. Oh well we live and learn.

No I’ve never tried wax, is that good then?

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

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Cozmo35

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#3 posted 1499 days ago

Martyn, your blogs are like a televesion series. I wait patiently for the next episode. It is entertaining as well as very educational!

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

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BritBoxmaker

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#4 posted 1499 days ago

Autumn, thank you and thanks for the background on the wax paper.

I’d hold off on the build until we see if the glue-up plan works.

Wonder Woman, thats it . If I’m Three Speed, you’re gonna be Wonder Woman, LOL

-- 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 1499 days ago

Martyn I now have a few days with only several projects on the go… in between I figure I may have some time to see how I go with my idea for this… the problem will be contasting timbers.. maybe purple heart and silver ash will give me a good result…
Yours if truly racing along…

-- 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 1499 days ago

Sounds like a good wood combo, Larry. I’m very interested to see how your version of the snakes goes.

I think sycamore would have given me a better contrast with the walnut. Next time…

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

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Dennisgrosen

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#7 posted 1499 days ago

another great toturial you have made Martyn
it´s a amazing pattern you have created
this is a fantastic site with great bloggers like you Martyn
thanks a lot for taking your time to do them
I look forward to see the next installment

take care Martyn

Dennis

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Jack Barnhill

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#8 posted 1499 days ago

I have used wax on cauls and battens to keep the glue from sticking and it works very well. Because it’s not a liquid like oil, it does not run, drip or seep into areas where you do not want it. Don’t use a wax that has silicon in it. A good, basic Carnuba wax works great.

-- Best regards, Jack -- I may not be good, but I'm slow -- www.BarnhillWoodworks.com

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BritBoxmaker

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#9 posted 1499 days ago

Thanks for that, Jack. Looks like a new set of sticks, waxed this time, are called for.

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

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a1Jim

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#10 posted 1499 days ago

Well done Martyn your always so innovative in all your blogs.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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Mary Anne

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#11 posted 1499 days ago

I can hardly wait for the next exciting episode.

I tried waxed paper on my first glue job, but got it stuck in the glue joints while I was panicking over getting everything else right. I’ve had much better success with clear packing tape on my cauls.

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poroskywood

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#12 posted 1499 days ago

Right on.

-- There's many a slip betwixt a cup and a lip.--Scott

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sras

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#13 posted 1499 days ago

This is a cool story! Instead of wax paper, I make regular use of stretch wrap. It is thinner, wrinkles are not as much of an issue and glue does not stick at all. Oh yeah, and it stretches!
Looking forward to your next post…

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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BritBoxmaker

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#14 posted 1498 days ago

Go ahead, WW.

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

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stefang

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#15 posted 1497 days ago

Waxed paper, another thing not available her. Another thing that works well is to wrap your cauls in clear wrapping tape. I do like the stretch wrap idea though. Your project is humming nicely along Martyn. I’m late in seeing this due to computer problems so I’m off to the next chapter! Enjoying the blog.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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