|Project by ChuckV||posted 04-16-2017 10:43 PM||1938 views||1 time favorited||13 comments|
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.
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:
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:
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?
(3) A snake?
Does anyone have any other ideas?
-- “Big man, pig man, ha ha, charade you are.” ― R. Waters