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mexican tile 'cut and switch' #1: simple stacked cuts - tutorial

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Blog entry by patron posted 11-10-2012 12:25 AM 4013 reads 13 times favorited 34 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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this is how this box tiles were done

the box is here

and as a received gift here

started with 4 different woods
all the same size

and stacked them 4 colors in each pile

and made a holder to run them random freehand
thru the bandsaw

with a pressure ‘thumb’ on it

after cutting thru them curvy to the same corner
i switched and glued all the 4 different colors together
and cleaned them lightly on the disk sander
so they would be flat
for the sled with a square stop
and trimmed two connected sides
making that corner square
and then just trimmed the other two sides the same

and glued them all together with some ‘grout’ between them

and glued the whole shebang down to a good 7 ply piece
and made the top out of it

and as they say
‘the rest is history’

thanks for looking

as mads likes to say

‘i hope this inspires you’

-- 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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jack1

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#1 posted 11-10-2012 12:55 AM

What clever ideas you have. You need to call the patent office and get you patented! ;0)

-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

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Dave

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#2 posted 11-10-2012 01:00 AM

I will have to try this someday. The jigs are not difficult and the results are very nice.
This is a great use for the scraps that I wont toss out.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are." http://chiselandforge.com

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patron

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#3 posted 11-10-2012 01:04 AM

make’s me laugh jack

looked there a few times
but money and lawyers to do searches
is way over my head

remember dave
nothing goes into the stove
unless it is firewood

-- 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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Dave

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#4 posted 11-10-2012 01:06 AM

I have been burning shavings and tubafores.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are." http://chiselandforge.com

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patron

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#5 posted 11-10-2012 01:11 AM

some folks that come by
from time to time
seem to think my stove is a trash bin
and try and burn paper and wrappers there

i stop that right away

the ashes they leave
are a stove clogger
and actually can block the heat

-- 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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JL7

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#6 posted 11-10-2012 01:48 AM

Pretty cool David – gotta give this try….the results are amazing…......thanks.

-- Jeff - I have not failed. I've just found 10,002 ways that won't work.

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Joe Lyddon

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#7 posted 11-10-2012 01:58 AM

David,

Do you mark Starting points for the Curvy cuts so they start at the same places?

I assume that your Pressure ‘thumb’ misses the final cut?

How thick are those small squares?
...... size of square?

Grout! What kind? Did you color it? If so, how?

My memory was close…

Thank you for the refresher!

GREAT JOB!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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LittlePaw

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#8 posted 11-10-2012 02:22 AM

That would be a fun project to tackle – someday!

-- LittlePAW - The sweetest sound in my shop, next to Mozart, is what a hand plane makes slicing a ribbon.

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DIYaholic

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#9 posted 11-10-2012 02:23 AM

A very imaginative and ingenious process. I see many people “stealing” this method. I sure will!!!

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

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patron

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#10 posted 11-10-2012 02:28 AM

joe
the curved cuts go to the same point
from the outside in
(notice roughly from center off each side
and the corner too)
i don’t mark them
that’s how they get ‘random’

i always make the parts bigger to begin with
as the kerf’s make them smaller
and the edges don’t line up properly
from the missing kerf’s
why i re-trim them after glue-up

the ‘grout’ is a mahogany strip

these parts are 1/8” thick
and about 1 1/2” square
(i don’t remember that far back
but most likely were 3/8” thick to start
then re-sawed and sanded to 1/8” in place

-- 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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tomd

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#11 posted 11-10-2012 02:46 AM

Thanks for the tutorial. Nice work.

-- Tom D

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patron

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#12 posted 11-10-2012 02:56 AM

randy
here are other same idea ways
to cut and switch these

this one is the tile shown in the box
just arranged differently

-- 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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Joe Lyddon

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#13 posted 11-10-2012 04:21 AM

AWESOME!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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ellen35

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#14 posted 11-10-2012 05:04 AM

Ingenious… or is it just genius!

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

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patron

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#15 posted 11-10-2012 05:14 AM

d’nough ellen

i call them simple
and easy to do

i used to cut one board
and use it to mark the next
and then try and fit them to each other
with rasps and planes and sanding

these ‘cut and switch’
make tight seamless joints
(unless you slow and try and correct the cut)

-- 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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