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Project by ChuckV posted 04-16-2017 10:43 PM 2549 views 2 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

When I saw the recent trefoils project by BanjoBen, I knew right away that I had to try making one myself. Ben kindly helped me out with some of the details.

I made this out of black walnut. The miter keys are maple and padauk. This was lot of fun to make. Since I don’t work much in my shop in the winter, it was also the perfect “warm-up” project for the upcoming season.

In Progress

Here are all the pieces cut to size:

Here is how I held the unglued pieces to cut the miter key slot on my table saw:

After the first round of gluing:

After the second round of gluing:

The Confession
Apparently my miters were a bit off in such a way that the errors compounded. When I got to the last joint, it was off by about 3/8”. I could have forced it into position, but then the joint would not meet well. Instead, I patched the error as best I could:

Once trimmed and finished, it is not perfect, but not too bad:

Now what?
My family had been asking me what I planned to do with this thing once it was completed. I have a habit of building projects just because it contains some technique or feature that interests me. I came up with some ideas on using the knot:

(1) Can it restrain a hedgehog?

I guess not.

(2) How about a tortoise?


Sigh.

(3) A snake?

Never mind…

Does anyone have any other ideas?

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





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madts

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#1 posted 04-16-2017 11:24 PM

Looks to me that it is the infamous Gordian Knot

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gordian_Knot.

I would hang it from the ceiling as a mobile. Then it can at least restrain some air.

—Madts.

-- Thor and Odin are still the greatest of Gods.

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BanjoBen

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#2 posted 04-17-2017 12:52 AM

Very nice. The contrasting/multilayer splines are a nice touch.

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BanjoBen

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#3 posted 04-17-2017 12:53 AM

And I think it might work better as a hedgehog jungle gym than a restraint. :)

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Michael McKenzie

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#4 posted 04-17-2017 01:26 AM

It’s a beautiful piece that can stand on it’s own merits. Personally I’d like to see it waterproofed then mounted on a no-friction swivel atop a nice pole and see if the wind will turn it….it’s that nice-it can be an art piece.

-- ~ Ancora imparo! ~

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SteveMI

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#5 posted 04-17-2017 02:21 AM

Looks great! I have one on my list for this week.
Steve.

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Desert_Woodworker

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#6 posted 04-17-2017 03:56 AM

WOW! thank you for sharing this and the procedure….

-- Desert_Woodworker

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Joe Lyddon

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#7 posted 04-17-2017 04:49 AM

COOL exercise in precision joinery…

Very nice!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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ChuckV

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#8 posted 04-17-2017 11:48 AM

Thanks for all the kind comments. I meant to say that I used this Elmer’s glue. The initial tack is very quick, it’s not too runny, and it’s inexpensive.

Steve: I’m looking forward to seeing your take on the project.

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

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Roger

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#9 posted 04-17-2017 11:56 AM

Some very unique eye candy.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. Kentuk55@yahoo.com

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Porchfish

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#10 posted 04-17-2017 01:24 PM

I love it, on the floor , I’d love it on a wall, or I’d love it on a pole , I’d love it suspended from above, I’d love it supported from below, I’d love it over here most, but I’d love it way over there. I love it, Well done and well loved ! .....Sam I am !

-- The pig caught under the fence is always the one doing all the squealing !

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Ted78

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#11 posted 04-17-2017 02:29 PM

A hedgehog, a tortoise AND a snake! Quite the menagerie!

Menagerie: 1. a collection of wild animals kept in captivity for exhibition. 2. a strange or diverse collection of people or things.

Alright maybe not so ‘captive’ but nailed the strange or diverse part.

Really nice project by the way.

-- Ted

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ravensrock

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#12 posted 04-17-2017 06:58 PM

Cool project! Really like those splines!

-- Dave, York, PA, Wildside Woodworking

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Grumpy

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#13 posted 04-17-2017 10:47 PM

Nice job & congratulations on your Top3 award.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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