|Project by Ryan||posted 09-04-2014 09:49 PM||3702 views||25 times favorited||26 comments|
After seeing Degoose’s board, its image never goes away in my memory.
I’ve been determined to weave it and finally finish it successfully.
Before starting, I tuned up my planer, joiner, miter saw and table saw and emptied dust bags. Since all machines are set correct, everything was going smooth until the final assembly. I think I clamped one side too strong, so had to cut one face slightly before gluing. Also I used biscuit to reinforce it, so the assembly took a whole day.
It’s a fun project, I may try other wood combination like purple, red, or real black next time.
Size: 9×11 blocks, each block is 2”, so 18” x 22” x 1.5”, it’s heavy.
Following is the procedures roughly I remembers.
Before cutting, I changed planer blades, bought new Forrest II table saw blade, replace jointer blades, tuned miter saw angle, and changed drum sander belt for best performance. So the preparation took quite a while.
Board consists of 3 major sections.
sorry for the fuzzy picture.
Use long piece of walnut lumber on both sides of maple, and make 3-section piece.
Some people omit this process and directly glue all blocks. But I take rather easier way.
Now start gluing. Set up right angle and prepare lots of clamps.
In the middle of gluing, I took many breaks. I didn’t want to make a mistake, so
did not hurry, take time. Fortunately, this shape you don’t have to glue all at the same time.
Also, I inserted biscuits to reinforce the board when end grain meed with flat grain.
However, this might be an overkill. Without biscuits, it’s still strong enough.
This board has a pattern, so size can be controlled only by the block size or have to add more rows.
Final piece is glued.
Since it’s flat grain, sanding is rather easier. I used drum sander without
tearing out or burning the belt.
I know DeGoose is the chair person, but I did not check his procedures in making this board.
I think it’s basically same and there wouldn’t be much difference.
- I use drum sander to control the exact size. After making 2” members, let them go through the drum sander then all the blocks become identical, which is critical in this project.