Earlier today I was trying to learn a simple way to make a Texas Star. My neighbor wants to inlay a star on a table and we were both rather perplexed. I should have searched through the forum topics instead of the projects. I found a few cool posts about it. But it was too late. We were already making firewood out of reclaimed pine.
I managed to make the prototype as the sun was setting.
Ok – Here is what I have.
You need to cut 18 degree angles down the length of your wood. You can use a miter saw to do that but I would way prefer that you keep all your fingers intact. I think it would be best to build an adjustable taper jig for the table saw that you can reuse for other cuts. It’s on my list of jigs to build.
You may choose to cut off two outside triangles then rip the center triangle in half.
Remember which side is the straight Rip and which one is the 18 degree cut side. Look at the next image.
If you want the wood grain to fan out from the star tips, you need to set the straight rip against the fence. I recommend this for a single species of wood. If you are using 2 different species, placing the 18 degree ripped side against the fence will make the grain parallel at every point. You can choose.
Set the angle at 36 degrees. Set the stop block at the desired length. Since you are butting a slim point against the stop block, just use the block for measurement and secure the wood before cutting.
Once again, a table saw and taper jig is probably the best way to cut these for accuracy. A table saw jig is essential if you are making an American flag. ;)
That’s what I learned today. If you see something out of place, please leave constructive feedback so I can be safer and better.
-- Thanks for all the lessons!