I’m going to be working through a new project that is a bit of a stretch for me. I know some of you could do it with your eyes closed so I’ll take any advice you all care to give. I’m going to make a fairly large piece of wall art for my den. The attached image provides a decent idea of my concept. It’s not an inlay pattern. It’s more like a room divider or trellis.
Some very kind soul gave away her old levelor blinds. I have lots and lots of slats (about 200). I’m going to see how easy it is to strip the paint off. If it’s a huge burden then I’ll end up painting the whole thing.
My concerns are mostly involved with precise cutting and rigidity.
1) I believe that if I cut 1/8 inch slots have way through the wood, I should be able to match the pieces together into a cross. I would love to be able to cut slots through 4 or inches of of stacked slats simultaneously but I’m worried about slippage. Any advice.
2) The next worry is that some of the wood will meet in a corner. I’m even more concerned with precision there. I wouldn’t actually be cutting a slot. Rather, I’d be cutting a 1/8 inch corner off the thing. Maybe I can
cut a slot where I need it, then cut one side of the slot off. I guess that will solve my problem where pieces dead-end themselves into a longer slat. Any advice.
3) Even If I get the cuts just right and spend countless hours on the cutting, will the structure hold together? I’m afraid that the whole thing will fold in on it self because I think the only thing I can use is glue. Honestly, I’m not even sure I could clamp the things. I’m thinking of making a 3 D grid to hold the pieces together while I attach them. If some of the glue gets in the grid and dries… Any advice?
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4) I think I am ok here but the slats appear to be 17/64 thick, not an actual 1/8) thick. I suppose the paint accounts for the extra thickness. The blade is 1/8 thick. When I cut the slots and cross them together, will this cause a problem? I’m actually hoping the difference will help me somewhat and provide a tighter joint without harming anything else. Any advice?
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