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Project by BanjoBen posted 04-08-2017 01:31 PM 1724 views 19 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I posted the first one of these that I made a while back (a prototype). Here are two more that I made afterward out of African padauk (and in one case, maple splines).





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#1 posted 04-08-2017 02:20 PM

Very well done..

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#2 posted 04-08-2017 02:57 PM

Thanks!

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#3 posted 04-08-2017 04:34 PM

That’s really creative. The finish is beautiful. What did you use?

-- Half of what we read or hear about finishing is right. We just don’t know which half! — Bob Flexner

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#4 posted 04-08-2017 04:36 PM

They’re both sprayed with a satin Enduro-Var from General Finishes.

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#5 posted 04-08-2017 05:17 PM

These are wonderful. I looked at the paper referenced in your earlier project. When will you be building some of the other examples shown there, such as this one?

In the other project you give some dimensions. I am trying to figure out the overall length of each the 15 pieces – from miter tip to miter tip. I think that there are six 7” pieces and nine 5” pieces. Is that correct?

This is a great idea and very well done.

-- “Big man, pig man, ha ha, charade you are.” ― R. Waters

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#6 posted 04-08-2017 06:44 PM

Thanks, Chuck. I may build some more examples at some point. I’ve only done these 3 so far. One of these was for me (I never was completely happy with the first one), and the other was for my coauthor on that paper.

As for the dimensions, you got it right. I cut 1 inch square bars, and then each mitered piece is either 5 or 7 inches as you say. That leaves 1 inch between each layer, and seems to be strong enough not to sag (at least so far).

If you end up building one, I hope you post it, because I’d love to see it.

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#7 posted 04-08-2017 10:39 PM

Interesting build. I may add this to my “to build” list one day.

-- Steve, South Carolina, http://www.finewoodworkingofsc.com

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#8 posted 04-08-2017 11:57 PM

man this is one of those what do I need it for but I gotta have it projects,it just looks cool.nice work.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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#9 posted 04-09-2017 01:47 AM

the lines – very nice.

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#10 posted 04-09-2017 08:00 AM

Mindblowing!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#11 posted 04-09-2017 07:35 PM

Darn you, I had this on my to try list and you now post more. These have to be awesome in person.

The splines in contrasting wood really stand out. I’m assuming you cut the splines after the corner is glued which obviously takes some planning.

Steve.

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#12 posted 04-09-2017 10:08 PM

Steve, if you make one, post it! I’d like to see.

On mine, I cut the slots for the splines one pair at a time with a jig on my table saw. Something similar to this:
http://images.meredith.com/wood/images/2008/08/p_spline-jig-illustration.jpg

I glued up the pieces one at a time using Titebond no-run no-drip, which made it easier to get things right in places where I couldn’t clamp very well.

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#13 posted 04-10-2017 12:13 AM


I glued up the pieces one at a time using Titebond no-run no-drip, which made it easier to get things right in places where I couldn t clamp very well.

After true 45 degree cuts, that seems to be the bigger challenge.

Steve.

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#14 posted 04-10-2017 04:00 PM

I included a how-to blog here on the site if anyone is interested.

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#15 posted 04-10-2017 10:42 PM

Now this is cool and another thing added to the TO DO List. ugh Great job.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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