# Woodworking blog entries tagged with 'star'

## 3D Stars #1: Program for Calculating Dimensions and Angles for 3D Stars

12-11-2012 09:14 AM by | 10 comments »

Have you ever seen a 3 Dimensional star that you really thought was pretty – perhaps on the side of a barn, in someone’s house, or even a Christmas decoration? As a woodworker you may have thought “I’d like to try making one like that.” When you research 3 dimensional (3D) stars on this forum or on the internet as a whole, you’ll be disappointed in what you find. If you’re lucky, you may find a project or two that talks about a specific sized star ...

## 3D Stars #2: Compound Angle Cutting Jig with Hold Downs for a Radial Arm Saw

02-13-2013 02:00 AM by | 4 comments »

Trying to cut narrow pieces for the stars at steep angles and bevels on my radial arm saw required some assistance. I designed a simple jig that would clamp into the table in the fence joint, anywhere along the fence joint. You can make angle cuts to ~60 degrees left or right while leaving the saw carriage arm to run straight back and forth. You can bevel the saw carriage to ~70 degrees to create compound cuts on small pieces. Best of all, you can clamp down the workpiece and keep your han...

## 3D Stars #3: Making 3-D Stars

02-13-2013 03:25 AM by | 7 comments »

After creating a program to calculate dimensions and cutting angles and designing and building a jig to make the cuts with, I was ready to put things into practice. My first trial was with some old (30+years) cedar fence pickets. I wanted an old “barnwood” 3-D star. I quickly decided that even though the wood was cheap (free), it varied greatly in thickness, even within one piece, and it was extremely brittle and splintered easily when cut. Needless to say, I wasn’t pl...

## 6 point jewish star - work in progress

01-25-2011 06:40 AM by | 3 comments »

I saw the five pointed star posted a few days ago and wanted to post a picture of a Jewish star that I am working on. I need to sand and finish it. It was a challenge to get the angles right. If you rotate it, it looks really neat. More pics in a few days when it is finished.

## MDB #2: Shave and a Cut - Cross Cut that is

08-02-2010 05:30 AM by | 5 comments »

Disclaimer: This blog follows my Magen David Board that is already finished and posted here At this point (see previous post for the methodology I chose to take for this project) , I realized that my plan for mass production, and gluing the long strips to one another to make the geometry would cause more trouble, and decided to cross cut them all to their final thickness instead, and in a way changed my work order to a ‘one of’ setup, albeit it would have been better if I did t...

## From ball to the star inside dodecahedron #1: First half

03-21-2012 01:13 AM by | 6 comments »

I start this project without making proper calculation and drawing. I just made a quick sketch based on my previous ball project calculations. Sure enough, I had to redo first three holes and star vertices because the base of the star was suppose to be a nice small dodecahedron and it didn’t turn up the way I wanted. The base of the star should look good because star will be moving free inside and all cuts and mistakes will be quite noticeable. So, here are the pictures of the first 6 s...

## Current Project #4: Hap Arnold Wings Shadowbox

09-18-2015 03:44 PM by | 1 comment »

My next request…Build a shadowbox in the form of the old Hap Arnold Air Force wings. Ideas are welcome!

## Compass Deck #3: Decking

06-05-2016 04:28 PM by | 24 comments »

With all the joists leveled out it was time to start laying out the deck. I started with the points of the star. Here its all cut out but not screwed down. I used the Kreg Hidden Deck Fastener System. I really like the system! It is very well designed and thought through. You do have to be careful you do not over bore your pocket holes or over drive your screws. The composite decking can also shift so it is easy to run out of square and true, but that is not the systems faul...

## I'm gonna be a Star!! #1: the beginning

07-19-2009 08:46 PM by | 10 comments »

So off we go onto a new adventure. One of which I have not embarked upon. I’ve done hundreds of raised panel doors in my day, so the actual process is a cake walk. However, this being a star has already shown some complications. Now if you think this is going to be just a simple raised panel “star” door, well, I guess you don’t know me. LOL. It starts as a star, the thought of stained glass crosses my mind as being a part of the project but so does leather. Break...

## I'm gonna be a Star!! #2: Mucho progress!!

07-20-2009 05:06 AM by | 14 comments »

I wasn’t supposed to work on this today because I’m supposed to work on a fence for the property I’m renting. I have a huge pile of fence material that the landlord and I just picked up yesterday. But I started this project this morning, blogged it around lunch time thinking I was done for the day, and then ended up back out there. This project has actually been kinda fun. It’s been fast, but fun. Total to this point is around 5 hours. The only thing left is the ...

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