Obelisks #1: Cutting Process

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Obelisks are fun and easy to make and great use of wood from a project that would otherwise be discarded. I made a few and have had some LJ’s ask how I do it, so I thought I’ll take a few pictures and save a few thousand words. I start with a rectangular block with a square base. I find the center on one end and draw line from that center to the corners at the other end.

I bandsaw down the lines being careful to always stay outside the line. It is better for finish sanding than an undercut condition. You have to take off too much material on all sides then.

On one of the cut sides, I do the same layout from the center to the points of the opposite end.. I use a piece of scrap from the first cut to support the piece in the bandsaw so the base is perpendicular to the table and the cuts will be centered.

This gives a pointed obelisk that I sand on a belt sander to remove all the saw marks. Sometimes I bore a hole in one of the sides and insert a photo disc and I have plans for putting a candle inside the next one.

They are just fun to look at to show the beauty of the wood.


-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!!

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#1 posted 858 days ago

Great tutorial and great bit of spalted….

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

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#2 posted 858 days ago

Unique use of spectacular wood. It almost looks like a map. If you have more you could turn it, if the spalting isn’t too punky. It would look like a world globe.

-- Made in America, with American made tools....Shopsmith

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#3 posted 858 days ago

This a very good tutorial, the wood is gorgeous and the project is a good one.

Thanks for sharing

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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#4 posted 857 days ago

Thanks Jim, easy to follow, will try putting a clock in one, I have some clocks about the same size as the photo frames you use.

-- Bob C, Australia. I love sharing as long as it is not my tools

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#5 posted 857 days ago

Indeed a good way to show off a piece of wood for its inner beauty, definately going to do that too.

By the way, you can still use the leftover bits from this one to make small buttons for drawers.
I made a bunch of blanks for drawer buttons with small leftover parts from a Rhus rootball last summer.

-- Holy scrap Barkman!

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#6 posted 857 days ago

(oopsie, posted twice!)

-- Holy scrap Barkman!

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#7 posted 857 days ago

I get your point :)) thanks for the info.

-- Custom furniture

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#8 posted 854 days ago

very well done Bud! enjoyed reading about the and no doubt make one for myself soon.

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#9 posted 712 days ago

Thanks for the detail and pictures. Is there a particular angle that is best suited for this shape?

-- ~ Guy Woodward, Pflugerville Texas

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#10 posted 712 days ago

Hi Guy. I don’t think there is anything specified anywhere. I just like the look of a slim angle but I find it comes out to whatever the piece of wood will yield. it is best to start with a square piece so the sideslook the same from all directiions.

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!!

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