.start by laying out the star you want , must be in EVEN numbers
.rip all lumber to same width as many colors you want
.crosscut half of all parts
.wedge jig , cut 2 triangles . these are rough dimensions as final piece is recut all around
.i like to leave my tool proceses live if possible , and lay out triangles to see how many more to make,
or if you want to change colors or concentric designs later.
.the lines you want to cut for the “flower” is drawn on one piece .
each concentric layer may want to be different thats why i like to assemble dry an look.
how ever you cut the pieces will make a pattern ,like those telescopes with the glass in them ,
how ever some parts get real busy when turned around next to each other.
you might want to change the pattern/color of in/out arrows to make other designs within the big one.
the piece you mark and cut the first time i use to mark all others ( only the same colored ones )
then put it over other color and align them and cut. the line is reference only , as you want a smooth cut in the bandsaw , not a jaged line . the kerfs wont come together well . NEVER mix parts of a different cut piece , as they wont match .
. i made this holder for this demo , as ive never made pieces this small
.stack all parts inverted with their oposite color mate
.put glue to edge and squege them together for good joint on flat ( can be waxed melamine ) surface so they dont lump thicker
.this was just me drying the glue faster ( parts were so small )
.on sled with stops and some form of hold down cut edge straight , always same edge , all parts . keep square edge as reference
this is the MONEY shot ! make sure your parts come together in a perfect square corner ( putty is expensive )
.crosscut ends to be square , all these are like tiles ,they all must be the same angle and length
.when i glue to base ( good ply ) i put stops as square and work in quadrants . i use liquid epoxy as it dosn’t warp my pieces with the moisture . 2 things to know here , 1; if you slide the parts into place they will pick up some glue in joints its like a border , but you must do it to all joints as it can move parts out of alignment . the line everywhere can look good if it is constant , and the parts stay in alignment ,2; putting the parts to edges then down leaves tight joint with no line .
i allways use a notched spreader 1/16 to keep glue from building and running up through joints
.make this any size you like !
rules of the road , length of piece is determined by angle and width of part .
angle is by how many facets you want ( always even numbers as you don’t want to close the circle and have 2 left shoes together .
the design is sensitive to clunky parts ,as many are reversed and join up looking weird .
ive stuck with 2 woods as the action gets fierce with so much going on .
the more cuts to the wedge also makes them busy.
well that’s about it for today , enjoy !
i hope this is clear enough , if not just call .
p.s. by the time you read this degoose will probably have 4 made as he helped me at 2:30 a.m. to get this to you !
and gary , thanks again for your help with the pics.
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