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Project by CanalboatJim posted 02-07-2010 07:58 PM 1674 views 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This project was an experiment. I wanted to try cutting and glueing chevrons. For the most it turned out ok, but some of the joints could look better. I have a good Tenaru blade, but it’s not quit up to cutting a perfect glue joint. Any suggestions would be appreciated

The wood is cherry and maple. Since it is intended to be a large trivet, it is finished with wipe on poly and wax.

-- Jim Westbrooks

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#1 posted 02-07-2010 08:43 PM

It looks real good Jim. I haven’t tried one of these myself and I hope my first one comes out as good, but I seem to remember that a tablesaw cut isn’t really good enough for the glue joints on these. I think sanding would help. I make segmented rings for some of the bowls I turn and I do have to use a sanding jig to sand those end grain cuts to get them smooth enough for a first class glue-up. You might get away without sanding with long grain cuts if you have a good blade.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#2 posted 02-07-2010 09:25 PM

Very nice. I’ve wanted to try one, too. I think truing the edges on your new router table (after the saw cut) might be the solution. Be careful, and take small cuts.

-- Larry

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#3 posted 02-07-2010 09:26 PM

this is a super board Jim great job.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#4 posted 02-07-2010 09:40 PM

Very nice, I wish I could do work that good. Hoping to figure out the design someday so that I could make them for gifts. I really like the 3-D effect

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#5 posted 02-07-2010 10:27 PM

I have made heaps of these and one tip I can pass along is that I run the cut pieces through the drum sander once on each edge before gluing.. seems to help me… hope this helps you.. I also use caul against the points…. you will know what I mean… to keep the mitres aligned… btw are you cuts 45 degrees or as I do 50 degrees..??

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#6 posted 04-16-2010 08:53 PM

We are our own worse critic (?spelling is not my best skill) I think you did a great job.

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