rosewood / curly maple /purpleheart / lacewood #2: heres the tutorial for the starburst .

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Blog entry by patron posted 10-06-2009 04:56 AM 3486 reads 38 times favorited 25 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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you asked , so here is the way to do this .

to start this ” cut and switch ” proses ,figure out your width of stock , by laying out your circle , and deviding it into as many ’ pie pieces ’ as you like , and as many concentric circles as you want .
at the edje of the inner circle , measure the width of the ’ pie crust ’ , and rip your wood wider than this ,
as it needs to be cut later to final size .and make somewhat longer for the same reason .

this is a sled i use to cut all of the triangles for my inlay .

now cut other diagonal , all the triangles want to be the same size .
there is a rail at the proper angle on the side ,
and a stop at the heel .

the angle of your triangles is determined by the number of polygon sides ,
they must have equal numbers , so the first and last are not the same .
they must come to square exactly , or as pictured here , be straight across .

the other color fills the other side .

this is a holder for cutting the curves in both pieces together ,
i mark one light one , and after cutting with its darker mate under it ,
use it to mark all of the lighter pieces .WHEN YOU CUT THROUGH
only the 2 pieces cut together will match each other , don’t get them all mixed up !

glue the alternate pieces together , because of the cut , the parts are not lining up along the edges .
’ feel ’ the parts seating toghether , this is where the tight joint in this freehand cut pans out .

trim the edge that rides the stop best , since the triangle if slightly shorter ,
you need to ’ pad ’ the back stop to move the triangle up and it will move over on its own ,
cut this edje straight and stack all parts the same .
remember you have a right angle triangle , work with the ’ heel ’ and the square corner as your reference
in cutting these steps .

now with the good edge against the rail and a bigger ’ pad ’ at the ’ heel ’ ,
cut the other side straight .

crosscut all triangles to length , they should all be the same exactly .

if they go to square , you got it .
anything after this step is optional .

to get more out of my wood , i resaw them in half or in this case thirds .

then run them thru the sander on a sled . anything under the parts will make them
bump , and you will get a thiner piece than you want .


-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#1 posted 10-06-2009 05:11 AM

Oh ya, just like that. Uh huh. :-)
I guess it would help to have tools wouldn’t it?
I wasn’t sure I counted right. How many jigs did you have to build to do that?
Are building the jigs part of the next tutorial?
I was with you when you were cutting the pieces to length, step one.
I get the triangle part, step two, no clue how to build the jig though,
It all made sense at step three with both colors laid out in a circle (kind of)
So how do you cut those shapes out on a band saw and get them all to match?
or do you cut two at once and just those need to match perfectly, and what about the saw kerf?
Now I’m lost.
I guess it doesn’t matter I won’t be doing anything remotely like that in the near future.
You are quite a remarkable woodworker!

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#2 posted 10-06-2009 05:15 AM

cutting sled ,
holder ,
sanding sled ( optional ).

and yes , as with all woodworking ,
some tools are nice to work with !

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#3 posted 10-06-2009 05:15 AM

thank you

-- Ain't better or worse than any other woodpecker in the woods.

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#4 posted 10-06-2009 05:16 AM

Hey David good blog an I think I got this one thanks to your great details. Super work once again Bud.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#5 posted 10-06-2009 06:30 AM

This is a beautiful tutorial…something which I will favorite…we have alot to learn from your experience…your years of careful thought…wow…tools are nothing without an imagination and careful planning. Thank you.

-- /\/\/\ BarryW /\/\/\ Stay so busy you don't have time to die.

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#6 posted 10-06-2009 08:13 AM

Again….you’ve managed to completely confuse me….so what’s new? I grasped some of the first part, after that…..oh well.
Great pix and instructions for those that comprehend. tall do you have to be to ride that sled?? and can you use it in the snow??

-- Doug, New Mexico.......the only stupid question is one that is never asked!........don't fix it, if it ain't broke!

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#7 posted 10-06-2009 11:03 AM

I wish I could be a woodworker! Fantastic blog David. Awesome woodworking and sharing. Thank you. I got most of it, but I will have to read it a few more times to (hopefully) understand the whole process. I am also placing this in my favorites. A couple of questions:

1. What did you mean by the last piece being a different size. Is this to compensate for accumulated small errors on the angles of all the other pieces making up the half circle?

2. What size and specification bandsaw blade are you using?

I loved your jigs and learned a lot just by seeing how how you set them up. I also noticed that your tablesaw sled was made from chipboard. I think this is cheap and smart. You won’t have moisture issues with them and they are flat and will stay that way. Was it flooring chipboard?

I hope to try out this technique on a much smaller piece in the near future. You are the man!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#8 posted 10-06-2009 11:39 AM

Thank you David : )
You have been most helpful.
I am developing ADD
Every new blog you and Larry do
Makes me drop what I am currently doing and try
the ideas you blog.
Your creativity is amazing !!


-- Imagination rules the world. ~ Napoleon Bonaparte ~

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#9 posted 10-06-2009 12:38 PM

Thanks for such a clear blog.
The outcome is well worth the work.

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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#10 posted 10-06-2009 12:41 PM

Good Blog and Work, David! It took me four reads but I think I “see”...
Am I wrong or could you continue this, with a third or more courses of ever widening circles? I mean if you wanted to…The inner circle and course around it looks like more than enough work!
Outrageous Stuff!! You must have the patience of Job…

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#11 posted 10-06-2009 01:10 PM

ahh, i have much to learn!
thanks david beautiful work and well written

-- Ron, Missouri

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#12 posted 10-06-2009 03:14 PM

OK i read the blog and i had to reset my internal breaker a couple of times. Wow this is a head banger of a project. Nice blog on such intricate work thanks for sharing…Blkcherry

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#13 posted 10-06-2009 03:34 PM

David, unbelievable beautiful work, and thanks for the post

-- Gary, Little River,SC I've Learned that the Lord didn't do it all in one day and neither can I

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#14 posted 10-06-2009 03:41 PM

David: Another great creation. The blog on cutting the piece make sence now that you post them. getting the first angle is the critical part, so getting that jig and you are ready to go.

Nice creation.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#15 posted 10-06-2009 03:50 PM

David, very impressive.
I don’t see this in my near future.
But some spare time in my shop and some scrap pieces of wood could kill some time, oh, and make saw dust.
Nice blog, thanks for sharing.

-- Safety first because someone needs you.

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