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The Creche (manger) #3: The Star of Bethlehem

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Blog entry by greg48 posted 865 days ago 3453 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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OK, this blog is actually a post script to the finished project that I posted earlier this week. I thought that it would be nice if I crafted a wooden star to put on the top of the creche during Epiphany (visit of Magi). I’ve included a JPEG of the sketch up model because I don’t know how to imbed a downloadable file.
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Anyway, I had hoped to use 1/2” thick material, probably poplar or a softwood. Cutting the angles of the four pieces does not concern me nor does marking out the facets of the tapered planes. My concern is how to “hold” the small pieces as I plane the facets or perhaps to glue up the four pieces and pare down the facets with bench chisels. I sure could use a little advice on this.

Thank you.

-- Greg, No. Cal.



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Roger

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#1 posted 864 days ago

kool design for the star. couldn’t you cut the angles on the table saw, then rip the angled part off, and glue it to the base of the star? kinda like makin a sandwich…. you know what I mean?? because of these being so small, cut all the small pieces, then glue em together… OR, this looks a lot like a chip carve piece sorta. check with Marty, http://lumberjocks.com/MyChipCarving he may have an answer or a suggestion.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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#2 posted 864 days ago

check out the 1st pic on this page http://lumberjocks.com/projects/63187 his nose is exactly what your part of your star looks like… maybe Wanda could help you out in this also

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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#3 posted 864 days ago

Thanks Roger, I was thinking that I might work out the following sequence:
1) cut out the four pieces to length,
2) cut the interior intersections at 45 deg. (combined 90 deg.)
3) cut the exterior tapers with the band saw and plane them to the layout line,
4) glue the pieces together and layout the tapers for the front and back facets,
5) pare down the facets with bench chisels,
6) then clean up with files or card scraper.

What do you think??

-- Greg, No. Cal.

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#4 posted 863 days ago

I just don’t know how you’d hold those small pieces while paring them down. Sounds like you’ve got a plan tho. I’m sure however you do it, it’ll come out good

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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