my first falling blocks #2: some thoughts

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Blog entry by Philzoel posted 01-18-2012 04:00 AM 1961 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: my first tumbling blocks Part 2 of my first falling blocks series Part 3: Decision on how to do edges »

I had planned to cut the edges square but think I could add a twist be squaring up ends and leaving top and bottom jagged.

What do you think?

Tomorrow I will sand out both sides, cut the ends and take picture. I always round off top 1/4” and bottom 1/8” so I will do that and then take picture. If it is ugly I can always cut off to square.

This board cost me $1359. I bought a 16/32 plus Jet drum sander with extension table. wow!!! does this make it quick to finish after gluing. For me almost too quick. I am used to work and then pretty. This machine gets it done while I watch.

-- Phil Zoeller louisville, KY

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#1 posted 01-18-2012 04:23 AM

The Jet 16/32 certainly makes a difference to time taken… If you are going to make boards… you really do need a drum sander…
As to the board… try squaring up on set of opposing sides to see what it looks like..

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#2 posted 01-18-2012 08:30 AM

I just read your first blog post. I took a longer approach by cutting EACH piece individually (180)and then gluing up the hexagons. I REALLY wish you had posted before I did that. I guess I missed some other post by DeGoose or others. Gluing up the three pieces and then cutting the hexagon pieces from that seems quicker and easier. Yours is looking good. I think how you leave the edge may depend on its use. I bought a used 16/32 for $600.00, so my first board was cheaper! It has more than paid for itself in the last year. Thanks for the pictures.

-- Robert, so much inspiration here, and now time to work!!!

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