tutorial #1: RIBBONS ANYONE ?

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i been back to the shop more recently
making some gifts
and in the process of making some accents for them
thought you might like to know how to do it

this is the ready parts to be used for that
and how i made them

i start by selecting the woods that have some contrast to each other
and are different than the background they will be in
all the same size and with double tape on both ends
(make them wider and thicker than the finished part
or the processes will eat up your wood)

laying them on edge so they are all true to each other
and the ends are even i bring them together
and just squeeze a clamp to be sure they bond
(here is a good place to hash mark the ends the same
so the parts don’t get mixed or turned over or end for end)

and on the band saw cut thru the whole shebang
smooth and flowing no jerks or recuts
(it leaves a void on one side or the other)

then mix them up and re-glue together
(if some are slightly curved as they come together
i put them to the outside so the clamps bring them home)

now it is time to clean them up some
(i use wax paper to glue on and pull the pieces off
when they are clamped so both sides dry together
and with a putty knife clean them as best as i can
before the glue is rock hard)
so a trip thru the sander both sides
(or the saw if no sander or the planer
if the grains are all in the same direction
or they can chip up )
and back to the beginning with the double tape

make sure as you do this
that the parts and colors get evenly distributed
or they will have a predominant color in one or two
that looses the effect
(i am careful not to switch them end for end
or flip one over as the cuts will be totally different in that piece)

now it is just a matter of how you like the look
as to whether you keep going or not
(for these i cut thru 5 times
cleaning and re-gluing at each step)
i stay away from the edges somewhat
as they will need to be jointed and ripped to the same finished size

once they are all the same and true
it is time to re-saw them if desired
i had started out with 3/4” x 1 1/2” stock
and wound up with 5/8” x1 1/4”
so i got 3 pieces at 3/16”
and ran them thru the sander on a sled
with a stop on the end to pull them thru
flipping over and over till they were 1/8” thick

and here is the results

this can be used this way for accents
or done in thicker and wider
like this one for my sisters memorial box

thank you for stopping by

have a safe and enjoyable shop time

-- 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 767 days ago

That is a great tutorial!

Now all I need is wood, glue, time & motivation to put it to use!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procratination a bad thing?

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Bob Kollman

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#2 posted 767 days ago

That works for me Mister!!! I always wondered how that was done. I was thinking to myself as I read Thur how yellow heart, and blood wood would be the perfect start to a ribbon. When the time comes this will be the perfect
accent for almost any project. ERES UN GENIO DAVID!!! I have the wood and the glue and the motivation, time is
another problem. Big Smile l learned something new today.

-- Bob Kenosha Wi.

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#3 posted 767 days ago

Sometimes when you accidentally click a link you didn’t even see.. something wonderful appears. Yah! Thanks for posting this tutorial. I am going to try making your ribbon accents someday. They are cool. And the box is beautiful.. Nice work!

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#4 posted 767 days ago

Very cool

-- Vince

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#5 posted 767 days ago

These definitely bear the mark of the master. Well explained, David. A lot more than just the ordinary.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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#6 posted 767 days ago

thanks all

it is still early to see yet
but there is purpleheart in this mix
when it turns purple
it will show better
with the redheart
and maple
and lacewood

i still need to make a rig
to do your ez-miter on the router table
with a 45 deg cutter
so i can just fold them over the edges
in a dado for a box infill

that sure is a great way
and no loss to kerf


-- 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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#7 posted 767 days ago

I have always enjoyed your approach to elliptical constructions, David . You have a way of turning geometry into things of beauty . ( you , also, BB )

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#8 posted 767 days ago

Thanks for the info. I have just bought some books on box making, thinking it would be nice to make use of the scraps of wood around the shop and provide family and friends with some gifts to boot.

I shall add this to my favourites listings, I’m sure I’ll use your methods in the future,

Thank you.


-- No one plans to fail, they just, just fail to plan

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#9 posted 767 days ago

Hi David.
It looks wonderful, what a beautiful way to make the woods blend.
Great tutorial I have to try this one day.
Beautiful box.
Best thoughts my friend,

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#10 posted 767 days ago

What a beautiful way to make a truly unique gift for someone, a gift that no one else would or could have!! You are extremely imaginative my friend!! Beautiful Work!!

Thanks for Sharing

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#11 posted 767 days ago

Hi David,

Very nice job, and excellent photos. Would have taken me nine years to figure that out.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#12 posted 767 days ago

Great tutorial David. I really like these and will add making some to the very long to do list.

-- Dan - Valparaiso, Indiana, "A smart man changes his mind, a fool never does."

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#13 posted 767 days ago

That’s a great lesson. Thanks David

-- I may have lost my marbles, but I still have my love of woodworking

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#14 posted 767 days ago

thanks all again

your positive help is a great joy for me
so much so
that i baked a cake before dawn
and the daily heat here

i just had some
(sorry but it seems i ate your share first
in my haste to beat buddy to it
(he is very concerned for me
and tastes everything to make sure i don’t get sick
from my own cooking) lol

have a good day

-- 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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Bob Kollman

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#15 posted 767 days ago

I haven’t heard much about Buddy, lately. I think it is important that you let him preform his duty as official taste tester. After all he is only looking out after you.

-- Bob Kenosha Wi.

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