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Blog entry by MarkTheFiddler posted 06-30-2014 01:53 AM 838 reads 0 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Howdy,

I have been fitting 4 pieces every day to the geometry challenge light pendants. I’m almost too far to post any more pictures but I figure I can throw a final 2 into the last blog of the series.

I had to get a preview of the light covers so I did a bit of sanding. I think they are going to look pretty good when I’m finished. A few pieces have a little bevel from the sanding so I need to sand them down till they match the adjoining planes.

The inside is uneven because I had 3 different thickness of wood and still no planner. I’m pleased that it makes an interesting effect.

if I could share a tip, I would say sand the internal planes to your desired finish before you glue them up. Once the internal angles are glued, it’s all hand sanding from then on. Save yourself the extra week. ;)

Thanks for looking!

-- Thanks for all the lessons!



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TheFridge

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#1 posted 06-30-2014 02:37 AM

I kinda like the different thicknesses. I wonder what it would look like if it was like that on the out side in a pattern. Good stuff man.

Can I ask, how did you cut the miters? Did you have a good miter gauge or jig?

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

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MarkTheFiddler

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#2 posted 06-30-2014 03:10 AM

Howdy Fridge,

I made a couple of half sleds. This one is for hexagons.

The angle to the blade is 30 degrees. I used a protractor from Walmart to determine the angle. I set the blade at 20.9 degrees using the Wixey angle finder. After that, I ran the the sled into the saw and cut off the excess.

Here’s a peek at the track.

I left the anti kick back on the saw as well as the guard. I set the far side guard to the up position because it was not always rising when the little corners were pushed into it.i had to stop the saw after every cut. I made two passes for each cut. 1 for slicing off the offcut triangles. The second for dialing in the final angle and comfortably shaving the hexagon to shape.

I did the same for pentagons. I hope it helps. Let me know your solutions. Best of luck.

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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TheFridge

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#3 posted 06-30-2014 03:12 AM

Thanks man. Great stuff.

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

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MarkTheFiddler

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#4 posted 06-30-2014 03:41 AM

You’re very welcome!

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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Texcaster

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#5 posted 06-30-2014 05:52 AM

Nice work Mark. It’ll be a little tricky to cut vegies on.

-- Bill....... " was you dryin' your nails or a wavin' me goodbye?" Tom Waits

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geekwoodworker

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#6 posted 06-30-2014 11:07 AM

Nice. Looks like you have allot of patience. I am looking forward to seeing it complete.

-- Sean G, Barrie, Ontario

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kiefer

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#7 posted 06-30-2014 03:03 PM

Hey Mark
Looks like you found the right tape and it all went well together .
I was going to suggest to check with your drug store as there are some super sticky medical tapes available .
Another tip for glueing the end grain is to size the edges by simply putting on some glue and let it soak in for a bit and wipe off the excess and let it dry and then glue the joints .
This improves the strength of the joint .

-- Kiefer 松

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MarkTheFiddler

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#8 posted 06-30-2014 03:35 PM

Sean, thank you sir!

Klaus, Oh yeah. That medical tape will fuse with anything. I’ll sand and raise the grain down to 320 before using that tape to minimize the bonding agent cleanup.

I never thought of wiping off excess glue before clamping. That’s going to really help when I cleanup the squeeze-out. I can’t wait to try it.

I’m serious about this, you are increasing my skill by leaps and bounds. Thank You!

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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GrandpaLen

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#9 posted 06-30-2014 03:54 PM

Mark, looks like you’re coming along fine with this project.
These will make interesting conversation pieces with several wood species on display.

Work Safely and have Fun. – Len.

-- Mother Nature should be proud of what you've done with her tree. - Len ...just north of a stone's throw from the oHIo, river that is, in So. Indiana.

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HillbillyShooter

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#10 posted 06-30-2014 07:32 PM

Looking good! Actually, looking outstanding!

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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MarkTheFiddler

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#11 posted 07-01-2014 01:23 AM

Looks like I misunderstood what Klaus was saying. I get it now. Not a moment too soon. I was about ready to do some more glue ups.

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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MarkTheFiddler

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#12 posted 07-01-2014 03:32 AM

John and Len, thank you very much guys. The kind of encouragement you guys are always giving is a treasure to me.

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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stefang

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#13 posted 07-01-2014 09:43 AM

These are looking real good Mark! I have wanted to try a project like this for some time now, but never seem to get around to it, maybe because I know all the things that can go wrong. But your success is inspiring.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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stefang

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#14 posted 07-01-2014 09:47 AM

These are looking real good Mark! I have wanted to try a project like this for some time now, but never seem to get around to it, maybe because I know all the things that can go wrong. But your success is inspiring. Looking forward to seeing the finished project.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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