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I have made several of these little Buddhist symbols of unity and interconnectedness. They are made from white oak with red oak stain. This one is mounted on a thin maple eliptical base. My wife asked me to make one a while back and it was fun and easy so I made others for friends and my daughter and for a fundraiser for the Buddhist Center in Bloomington. This one was a present for Arjia Rimpoche the director of the Center.





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jopo

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#1 posted 10-12-2016 12:14 AM

This is really cool. I’m not a fan of oak usually but I actually really like it here. I might have a try at something similar.

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#2 posted 10-12-2016 03:08 AM

TNX for sharring
just added to my Favorites

-- Bruce. a mind is like a book it is only useful when open.

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#3 posted 10-12-2016 07:09 AM

Well done.

-- irtamos, Belgium

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#4 posted 10-12-2016 08:07 AM

Fascinating, especially with the grained wood.
Jim

-- It always looks better when it's finished!

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#5 posted 10-12-2016 11:47 AM

I would really like to try and do, at least, one of these. Could you tell me where you got the pattern? this is so interesting and you did such a great job.

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Halc

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#6 posted 10-12-2016 01:04 PM

I love the geometry. The grain of the oak helps you see the “flow” of the endless line, I like how you matched the grain where you could. Nice job.

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docspencer

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#7 posted 10-12-2016 02:20 PM



I would really like to try and do, at least, one of these. Could you tell me where you got the pattern? this is so interesting and you did such a great job.

- americancanuck

I didn’t have a pattern per se. I looked around on the web and found an image that was about the size I had in mind, printed it out and experimented from there. The first few didn’t have the right dimensions, but I got there eventually. When I get home this afternoon I’ll post the dimensions that I now use.

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docspencer

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#8 posted 10-12-2016 02:21 PM

Thanks for all the positive feedback you all!

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#9 posted 10-12-2016 06:25 PM

Very nice.
I too am further interested. Are all the pieces edge glued or did you half lap the intersecting joints?
And yes, dimensions would be phenomenal.

Well done.

-- Directions are just the Manufacturer's opinion on how something should be assembled. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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#10 posted 10-12-2016 06:37 PM

Very nice. I imagine it’s not an easy glue-up.

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docspencer

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#11 posted 10-12-2016 07:38 PM

Well, the glue-up is a bit time consuming but not terribly complex. I edge glue everything using Titebond I. The quick setup time helps. No clamps. I just use my hands to hold the edges together for a bit then set aside. I glue two pieces at a time – have to wait for the glue to set of course. But I can do a bunch of these at one session. I think I end up with 3 or 4 gluing sessions to get it all done.

The real tricky part is toward the end. If any of the pieces are even a bit off 90 degrees or a hair too long or short (which they always are, of course) the last pieces end up off a bit (or a lot). I’ve had to fine tune an edge or two on some of these.

I hope this description makes sense. I was surprised that just hand “clamping” does the job for hanging from the wall.

Okay, here are the pieces: the pieces are 1/2” thick and 1 1/4” wide. Lengths:

6 at 4”
3 at 2 3/4”
8 at 2”
6 at 3/4”

The 4” pieces are pretty easy to identify from the picture. The 2 3/4” pieces form an “H” in the middle. The 2” pieces are what I call the outer “turns” and the 3/4”pieces “fill in” between the turns. Does this make sense?

I hope you all have as much fun making these as I have. They really do make great gifts. I’ve thought about trying to sell them, but I’ve not been sure there’s much of a market.

Again, have fun all! And, again, thanks for all the compliments!

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#12 posted 10-13-2016 06:09 AM

Wow, great work. It’s relay fun to follow all those lines and try to ’’find end’.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#13 posted 10-13-2016 10:27 PM

I like the design and will likely copy it’s pattern. Looks like quick Xmas gifts, especially hostess gifts. The explanation of a Buddhist symbol of unity and interconnectedness will enhance the gift. A different version of the Celtic knot.

I think there is another way to cut and glue the parts because end grain glue ups are not very strong. When I first looked at it I assumed you were using lap joints and they were cut on alternate sides of the long pieces and as needed on the short ones. Following your dimensions and assuming the openings are 1” square it would have 6 long pieces 10 1/4” long with five, 1 1/4” wide dadoes cut half way through on alternating sides, 1” apart. Then there would be eight, 3 1/2” pieces ; 6 of them with dadoes cut on the same sides at the ends and 2 with dadoes cut on opposite sides of the ends.
The cutting may take a little longer but the glue assembly would be a snap….literally.
I’m thinking a smaller version would make good drink coasters too.

-- Les B, Oregon

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docspencer

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#14 posted 10-14-2016 11:02 AM

Great idea Les. It’s great to get the benefit of others’ experience. I may try it. If you do it first I’d love to hear how it went. Thanks!

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docspencer

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#15 posted 10-14-2016 11:11 AM

Oh. It just occurred to me – the openings are 3\4” square. If I wanted to keep that can I assume I’d just adjust distance between the lap cuts?

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