my first falling blocks

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Blog series by Philzoel updated 01-30-2012 08:01 PM 5 parts 21579 reads 16 comments total

Part 1: my first tumbling blocks

01-18-2012 12:14 AM by Philzoel | 6 comments »

Started this project in early Jan when i saw them by degoose. Made this drawing immediately to see if I could figure the angles. 60 degrees () to make 6 sided figure was the clue. 360/6 = 60. Took me awhile and drawing the box in bottom right of this drawing. Next hurdle was how much wood of each type (color)? In The drawing top middle, shows board 1.6” thick. Cut on 60 with all sides equal to hypotenuse. in this cause sine 60 = 1.6/x or x= 1.85”. all sides need...

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Part 2: some thoughts

01-18-2012 04:00 AM by Philzoel | 2 comments »

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 ...

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Part 3: Decision on how to do edges

01-20-2012 10:52 PM by Philzoel | 2 comments »

Cut off ends square and rounded edges 1/4” and sanded. I like it. Makes blocks on bottom and top complete. Used mineral spirits to show final color. Look close and you will see holes in walnut. These are soft centers of log used. I use a small drill to open them up and fill with epoxy. They are too soft to leave. Also the knots are soft too. I have to fill them. I will finish sanding, patch holes and gaps with clear epoxy and paint. Then ready for posting

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Part 4: filling bad cracks

01-22-2012 09:35 PM by Philzoel | 4 comments »

If someone is to use this board I have to fill the cracks and make it look OK. Would not be sanitary this way. In this case I’m using casting epoxy. Tedious work. If a crack goes all the way thru, I had to put scotch tape on bottom so the crack will fill up. This material takes 24 hours to set up and will run right thru and out bottom. But it will fill crack completely, since it is casting material designed to fill every nook and cranny. As you can see here 24 + hours...

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01-30-2012 08:01 PM by Philzoel | 2 comments »

Well it is done and came out very well: I like that I did not cut off top and bottom to get it square. It adds a row of blocks to top and bottom. Thanks for reading. Appreciate any comments or critique.

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