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Blog entry by Ron Aylor posted 09-07-2017 11:15 PM 1099 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Gadrooning –
 
For the gadrooning, I decided on a barley-ribbon twist  pattern. Given that the kneeling platform is just slightly wider than it is deep, mitering the gadrooned trim pieces proved difficult at best.
 

 
So, I decided to create corner blocks to match each corner of the platform … that way the trim pieces could simply butt up to the corners.
 

 
With the corner blocks fitted to their respective corners … I alleviated the need for perfect squareness. Is that cheating?
 

 
I wanted the barley-ribbon twist pattern to flow in opposite directions from the center of each trim piece. So, starting from the center, I marked lines for saw kerfs about 3/4” apart. Major emphasis on about!
 

 
Using a coping saw … I created the saw kerfs. The coping saw was a good choice because all I needed to do was bury the blade just below the surface all the way around to assure an even depth.
 

 
I then used a 1/2” chisel, attacking every other saw kerf, to create rounded and flat areas the whole length of the piece.
 

 
I used the flat side of a half-round file to further define the round (barley) spaces. The edge of the file actually cut into the edge of the flat (ribbon) spaces, creating a bit of lift.
 

 
Using a round file, I scored a bit of a trough down the center of the flat spaces …
 

 
… giving a half-round file a place to ride, as I created something resembling a ribbon!
 

 
And there you have it! Barley-Ribbon Twist gadrooning!
 

 
The top edges of the platform will receive a 3/16” chamfer before attaching the trim.
 

 
I like how the ribbon appears to wrap around the corner. I’m sure those joints will tighten up when things are held in place by more than just masking tape!
 

 
So, after the chamfers and a bit more sanding … the kneeling platform should be good to go! Thanks for looking … all comments and/or questions welcomed. Follow my progress with the links below:
 
Fr. Chad's Prie Dieu #1 - An Ambitious Endeavor
Fr. Chad's Prie Dieu #2 - To the File Box!
Fr. Chad's Prie Dieu #3 - Barley Twist Split Spindle
Fr. Chad's Prie Dieu #4 - A Secret Drawer
Fr. Chad's Prie Dieu #5 – Butterflies & Trim
Fr. Chad's Prie Dieu #6 – Gadrooning
Fr. Chad's Prie Dieu #7 – The Right Color
 

-- Ron in Lilburn, Georgia.  Knowing how to use a tool is more important than the tool in and of itself.



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Oldtool

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#1 posted 09-07-2017 11:27 PM

Nice work on the barley twist, it looks very good on the kneeling platform and adds a great “hand made” verification.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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#2 posted 09-07-2017 11:30 PM

Ron, you have more patience than I do. Nice job.

-- Artificial intelligence is no match for natural stupidity!

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Ron Aylor

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#3 posted 09-07-2017 11:31 PM



Nice work on the barley twist, it looks very good on the kneeling platform and adds a great “hand made” verification.

- Oldtool

Thanks, Tom! The gadrooning was a lot of fun. I plan to have this at the top of the Prie Dieu as well … once I get that far! Thanks again!

-- Ron in Lilburn, Georgia.  Knowing how to use a tool is more important than the tool in and of itself.

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#4 posted 09-07-2017 11:33 PM


Ron, you have more patience than I do. Nice job.

- papadan

Thank you, Sir! This is definitely one thing you cannot rush! Luckily the walnut is hard as a rock and very forgiving.

-- Ron in Lilburn, Georgia.  Knowing how to use a tool is more important than the tool in and of itself.

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Dave Polaschek

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#5 posted 09-08-2017 12:08 AM

Nicely done again, Ron! And thank you for the education along the way. I’m learning a ton watching over your virtual shoulder.

-- Dave - Minneapolis

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#6 posted 09-08-2017 01:16 AM

Just wow.

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Ron Aylor

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#7 posted 09-08-2017 10:14 AM



Nicely done again, Ron! And thank you for the education along the way. I’m learning a ton watching over your virtual shoulder.

- Dave Polaschek

Thanks, Dave. You are too kind.

-- Ron in Lilburn, Georgia.  Knowing how to use a tool is more important than the tool in and of itself.

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Ron Aylor

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#8 posted 09-08-2017 10:14 AM



Just wow.

- Dan Wolfgang

Thanks, Dan. That means a lot!

-- Ron in Lilburn, Georgia.  Knowing how to use a tool is more important than the tool in and of itself.

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