|Project by Lucas Mood||posted 06-15-2015 11:05 PM||1108 views||2 times favorited||6 comments|
Too many times I’ve walked by my miter saw and thought about how under used its capabilities are. So, I just wanted to make a sloped hexagon. After making a few planter boxes the mind started to wander a bit, as it is wont to do. For the sake of anagrammatical simplicity I call my brain “Brian” and, contrary to what my wife might tell you, I do actually talk with Brian fairly often.
So, I’d done some cuts on the miter saw and Brian says to me, in a wry, challenging sort of way, “Why is it that we shouldn’t try to get some compound miters on the table saw as well?”
Having a stack of 5/8? x 5? width cedar leftover from the neighbor’s fencing job afforded Brian and me some experimentation with this. After one or two missteps, we came up with a good plan to split the 10? pieces we had into the correct miters to make a longish hexagon. I think the original intent was to be some manner of vase. Once it was done, however, Brian piped up again and said, “If you turned that upside down and put a top on it, it would resemble a lighthouse.”
Brian was right.
Admittedly, there were some glue drips, so the finish just ended up being 2 coats of shellac which preserved the original color of the wood without accentuating my gluing messes. The base is from a reclaimed TV stand and the little log thing was cut from a 4×4 from the aforementioned fencing job. Otherwise, due to the inherent variance in fencing stock thickness, the final, entire thing was cut from a single piece of cedar fencing.