Celtic knots

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Project by Jess Littlefield posted 01-04-2017 03:07 PM 856 views 1 time favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Never done any knots before. I used 2 pieces of Baltic Birch 1/2” plywood glued together. The pieces between the ropes are 1/2” tall. The colors are of printers ink. Again the pattern came out of wife’s stained glass pattern book. Thats the pattern above the last picture. I thought the colors might need to be hopped up from the colors on the pattern!! size, about 14”x 14”, I think, forgot???

-- Jess Littlefield

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#1 posted 01-04-2017 04:18 PM

Holy cow that looks like a lot of work! Results are quite stunning!

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#2 posted 01-04-2017 05:47 PM

Wow. No idea that you would cut that many pieces.

How did you determine the radius for the pieces that go over another?
Even the lengths are different.

And then, to keep up with the placement of each.

Impressive., And I think the choice of colors is perfect.

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#3 posted 01-04-2017 06:40 PM

You can see in the picture with the green background, that is the pattern I cut up so I make two patterns exactly the same, one to use to reconstruct the pieces in the box I left intact all around the pieces after I nailed a bottom on the box. Being a stained glass pattern they don’t get too exact in their sizing when drawing the picture. Sizing and rounding of the pieces are up to you, as to what ever you want it to end up being. My first celtic knot thing so I was in the dark just as you on how it would come out. I did do lots of knot looking before I started and lot of finished pictures were not round but flat and only the pieces were ground to make the pieces look like they were going under and over but still retaining the flat look. I also thought the colors needed to be bright and gaudy for someone to notice better.

-- Jess Littlefield

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#4 posted 01-04-2017 08:05 PM

You can see the numbers in the bottom of the picture with some of the rope sitting out of the box. I also have numbers on the bottom of each piece. You have to have some way of knowing where most of the pieces go and which end of the box is up along with the pieces have to go up in the box also. I use the thinnest thickness of scrollsaw blades to keep the total gap as small as I could make. As you are scrollsawing the pieces of the puzzle apart you already have installed a bottom on the box you created by leaving the four sides of the puzzle in one piece. Attach a thin 1/8” BB plywood on the bottom of the box then as you cut a piece number it and lay it back in the box to re create the picture inside to box. After I have cut out all the pieces of the picture, I will have taken the pieces apart and reinstalled them many times so when I am through grinding and sanding all the pieces and replaced them all a few times I will be familiar enough to know where they go cause when it come times to glue them all back together I won’t have to sit there while the glue is sitting up wondering where this or that piece goes….. And don’t forget which side goes up or down….Ask the questions and I will try and help.

-- Jess Littlefield

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#5 posted 01-04-2017 10:00 PM

These Celtic knots are wonderful. Nice work.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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