|Project by Tomw||posted 09-12-2010 02:20 PM||8707 views||32 times favorited||20 comments|
This was an anniversary gift for my daughter and son-in-law. It’s supposed to be a stylized version of the “Lucky Knot”, which was part of the theme of their wedding. Maple and cherry, finished with thinned wipe on varnish and mineral oil. I glued it up in stages: first 4 quadrants, then 2 quadrants each, then 2 halves. I learned a lot, like not to use a concrete brick as a substitute for cauls in a glue up (dumb, dumb, dumb—concrete is basically a hard sponge; the moisture ruined 2 quadrants.) Also found a new reason to like SketchUp. I designed the blocks to be 1” thick, but since I don’t have a jointer, I had the lumber milled at a cabinet shop, and it came out 15/16” thick. So, using the tape measure tool in SketchUp, I measured one of the blocks. SU displayed 1”; I typed in 15/16”; SU asked: ‘Do you want to resize the model?’ Yes! All dimensions of every component adjusted automatically. Finally gave up on the router burns at the ends of the finger recesses. Lots of hand sanding didn’t make much of a dent. I had made a very shallow final pass with the router, but the burns remained at the ends. Probably should have shimmed the stop blocks, then removed the shims for the final pass.