Parquetry #3: Compass Rose - How to Project

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Blog entry by Bob Simmons posted 10-18-2012 04:00 PM 3426 reads 4 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 2: Hardwood Veneer Sheets of Parquetry Part 3 of Parquetry series Part 4: Woodworking - How to Make Sacred Geometry Designs »

Learn how to make the wooden compass rose design. This wood design of sacred geometry is made by cutting hardwood segments of maple and walnut on the band saw. Band saw cross cut sleds with angles of 22-1/2 degrees and 45 degrees ensure consistent accurate segments.

Watch and learn how the segments are glued up to create a compass rose. Then see how to make 3/32” veneers of the wood designs on the band saw. The wood veneers can then be used to adorn furniture, jewelry boxes, and many other woodworking projects.

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-- Bob Simmons, Las Vegas, NV,

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Joe Lyddon

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#1 posted 10-18-2012 04:55 PM

Hi Bob!

Your brain is still working overtime!

COOL procedure… COOL technique… COOL results… !!

Now, would you try to Inlay or just glue them onto a decorating surface?

If Inlay, how would you do that?
... trace it onto workpiece with Sharp pencil & scrollsaw it out… and push it in?

How much trouble did you have in getting zeroed-in on 22.5* angle?

Thank you… Nice to see that you’;re still ticking! LOL

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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#2 posted 10-18-2012 05:39 PM

Hello Bob

Another very instructive video

Another project for me for the future but I have too much projects for the future I must make a choice…

Thanks for all the explications

Thanks for sharing

-- Diggerjack-France ---The only limit is the limit of the mind and the mind has no limit

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#3 posted 10-18-2012 10:18 PM

cool simple way of making them :-)

when you first get the idea …. LOL

thanks for sharing Bob


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#4 posted 10-19-2012 02:10 AM

Another excellent lesson.

Thank you!

-- Nicky

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#5 posted 10-20-2012 03:59 PM

The compass rose medallion could be used as an inlay or onlay.

There are a few different ways that the medallion could be inlaid. Think about it. Any more suggestions?

The 22.5 angle was easy to obtain using a Wixey digital angle gauge. 1.) set the runner in the miter gauge slot. 2.) Make a saw kerf. Set 2 small wedges apart in the saw kerf. 3.) Adjst the 22.5 angle on the Wixey. 4.) Set one edge of the angle gauge along the 2 wedges. 5.) Scribe the opposing edge to create 22.5*. 6.) Glue & pin the (straight edge) fence in place.
Yep…still ticking. Thanks for viewing!

DJ…Always great to hear from you. Simply, put off the future projects & work on a now project. It’s easier this way. You’re welcome.

Yep…The idea has to come first & then it’s time to roll. Thanks for your interest.

Nicky…Thanks for the feedback. Much appreciated!

-- Bob Simmons, Las Vegas, NV,

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#6 posted 10-20-2012 11:03 PM

hej Bob :-)
just open L J while Im at my mother there absolutly don´t have interest in woodworking
but was curios enoff to se how the rose was made
and then I told her about your other inlays and how you made them
I realy had to pull the chair away from the computer before I cuold get online with the site again… LOL
earlyer in her life before her eyes got too bad she made alot of crafting with clothe ,nitting etc
including papercuting (little like scrollsaw patterns )
Im still fighting with her while I tape this …. lol…. I think you have got a new fan :-)


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Bob Simmons

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#7 posted 10-20-2012 11:20 PM


Kindly let your dear Mother know that the Compass Rose is officially dedicated to her from this moment forward. There is a special place in my heart for people like her that have created beautiful crafts with their hands. Since she has worked with cloth, knitting, and paper cutting, I am sure she knows a lot about working with different angles and designs.

Please let your Mother know that I will be creating more video of wood inlay bandings and also more wooden inlay designs for her. Please thank her for her interest. It’s a great honor to have her as a new fan!

-- Bob Simmons, Las Vegas, NV,

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#8 posted 10-21-2012 12:16 AM

I´ll tell her when she wakes up tommorow :-)
when she could work with it
she made puppets /dolls /santas helper (gnomes) in different sices and sold them
beside many other mistery things I d9on´t knew what was
but more than once as a yung teenager I hade to make several yards of red tubes on an old knitting maschine
so she cuold keep up with the ordrebook …. :-)

I still admire her for be able to balance her hobby to zero expences over all those years
I even queitly think she was able get more than one goood resturant evening with my father
out of it but allways as a hobby for her

I have seen her looking at other craftmen /women when they work and even though she havn´t a clue
of what they did … she cuold always tell if the person knew the trade well enoff to trust advices from them

thats a gift I wish I had … wuoldn´t I be riich today … :-)

take care

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#9 posted 10-22-2012 01:20 AM

Bob, I dont generally find power tools relaxing to use but your videos are mesmerizing… you dont speak but the videos tell everything, and the soft hum of the bandsaw… Great Video Blog!

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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#10 posted 10-22-2012 02:16 AM


Thank you for watching and taking the time to share your perspective. Your thoughts are greatly appreciated!

-- Bob Simmons, Las Vegas, NV,

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