2nd Generation Chevron how to pictorial

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Blog entry by SASmith posted 11-20-2011 09:34 PM 6321 reads 20 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have had several LJs ask for a blog on this subject.

Cut 30 degree strips to make a typical chevron

Glue applied. The clamps have not been applied yet in the above picture.

Draw 2 lines from like points to find the “D” point. Rough “A” points shown but will not be used in this pattern.

Cut through “D” at 45 degrees

The 2nd generation emerging.

My typical gluing set-up. Top and bottom cauls to keep the board flat. Plus cauls to apply even pressure from the pipe clamps.

The second generation waiting for a third.
Woods:SPF and catalpa.

-- Scott Smith, Southern Illinois

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#1 posted 11-20-2011 09:57 PM

looking good


-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#2 posted 11-20-2011 10:08 PM

Thirty and forty five… do you use the same sled and just re-adjust the fence.. I must try that
And just one stripe.. I like the look of that too…

-- Drink twice... and don't bother to cut... @ For lovers of all things timber...

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#3 posted 11-20-2011 10:09 PM

These are really cool.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#4 posted 11-20-2011 10:15 PM

I did just re-adjust the fence. Screws are used for now.
I plan to use threaded inserts and make a new sled when I figure out how I want it.
I had been using a miter gauge to make these cuts but decided I wanted a sled. So I slapped this one together until I can make a better one.

David and Steve: Thanks for stopping by.

-- Scott Smith, Southern Illinois

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#5 posted 11-20-2011 10:32 PM

Curious…what’s the width of the initial cut?

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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#6 posted 11-21-2011 12:33 AM

The initial cut was around 1.25-1.5 inches. The initial cut width to make a typical chevron does not matter though. To make the second generation board you must cut through the “A” or “D” point so width is critical then.

-- Scott Smith, Southern Illinois

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#7 posted 11-21-2011 07:50 PM

Really really nice!
It looks almost alive the pattern.
Thank you for sharing the way.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#8 posted 11-23-2011 01:44 AM

very cool SASmith, thanks for sharing!

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#9 posted 11-26-2011 08:15 AM

Thanks for sharing this. Really nice technique and the end result is fabulous!! I love it. Definitely got to try this. These would make great Christmas presents.

-- Michael Mills, North Carolina,

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