Karate belt display

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Blog series by WoodshopJoe updated 02-19-2010 06:10 AM 5 parts 28800 reads 9 comments total

Part 1: The Concept

02-05-2010 04:17 PM by WoodshopJoe | 3 comments »

I have afforded the opportunity to create a great piece for the local karate school. Both of my kids are in the program and my daughter is close to obtaining her black belt in karate. It has been a journey that has taken her nearly 3 years to complete and an experience that she will be able to draw upon for the rest of her life. As is always does, the karate school closes down over the Christmas break. When classes resumed after the first of the year, we came back to a redecorated interio...

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Part 2: The Design Layout

02-06-2010 06:30 AM by WoodshopJoe | 1 comment »

Directly after obtaining the go ahead I came straight home to start working on the layout know that I was going have to use the computer to determine all the geometry of the piece. So I turned to Google Sketchup to help with the task. Sketchup takes a bit to get used to, but having some CAD experience helped me to work through the essential details. I started by importing the photoshop image into Sketchup and then proceeded to start to layout the boards that best fit the serpentine fluid...

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Part 3: The Angle of the Dangle

02-06-2010 07:29 PM by WoodshopJoe | 1 comment »

Well it was now time to start making some sawdust, hopefully something would come of it in the end. I started by selecting a board that was about 7” wide to allow for a 4 1/4” and a 2 3/8” rip. Then starting at the beginning of the plan I transferred the board lengths to the piece and cut them to length allowing for an extra inch for adjustment. For the shorter pieces, I left them attached to a longer piece until I cut the dado slot to receive the inset. I numbered all...

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Part 4: Working out the Kinks

02-15-2010 02:04 AM by WoodshopJoe | 0 comments »

Since this was going to be 32+ feet long I needed to build it in at least three sections in order to handle and transport it to the karate school. In order to maintain alignment in the shop and then at time of installation, I built in two joints that slide together using a plate of hickory wood with dovetailed edges like this one. Essentially it’s an over sized dovetail joint that uses friction to hold itself in place. The hickory piece was made to snugly fit into the first dovetail s...

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Part 5: It's Alive!!!!

02-19-2010 06:10 AM by WoodshopJoe | 4 comments »

Alright, so in my previous bloggings about the karate belt holder I have desciribed how I came into the project and how i planned and built the project. In this posting I will show you my finishing method and finally the installation, since I installed it today!!! Hooray it’s out the door!!! Anyway, so my finishing steps were pretty straight forward with this as it is with most of my work. I really like the look of tung oil. I like how it deepens the grain and brings out the nat...

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