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Project by Bob Collins posted 10-06-2018 06:17 AM 715 views 0 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Had some 4” x 2” laminated wood that was used for a concreting project given to me, after clearing it up on the table saw I ended up with some 3” x 1’ to play with. Got this idea from a email sent to me from SAWTOOTH (Spencer)
and not being a great scroll sawer I gave these two projects a go. The segments are cut at an angle that will allow the pieces to hold. I used Hide Glue to make them secure. A fun project that could become addictive.

There are lots of ideas available on the net, these are some of the simpler ones. Enjoy, have a couple more to post.

-- Bob C, Australia. Your best teacher is your last mistake.





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#1 posted 10-06-2018 06:32 AM

Nicely done Bob

-- Lifes good, Enjoy each new day...... Cheers from "On Top DownUnder" Crowie

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#2 posted 10-06-2018 07:14 AM

Bob, great sculptures… I had a feeling you would enjoy these. Simple enough concept and very interesting results. As usual, you grasped the essence of it and ran with it. Good job.

-- Spence in Skokie, IL

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#3 posted 10-06-2018 08:22 AM

Very interesting work, I read the story and checked out the pictures, but I still do not understand the concept used to produce the result.

-- Regards Rob

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#4 posted 10-06-2018 11:51 AM



Very interesting work, I read the story and checked out the pictures, but I still do not understand the concept used to produce the result.

- robscastle


Rob, cutting the pieces from a flat piece of ply with the saw at an angle will produce a slightly bigger size on one face, the pieces are then slid into each other until they will not go any further.
Took me a while to get the idea.

Bob.

-- Bob, Western Australia, The Sun came up this morning, what a great start to the day. Now it's up to me to make it even better. I've cut this piece of wood 4 times and it's still too damn short.

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#5 posted 10-06-2018 01:29 PM

Very cool. Bob. That looks like it tool a lot of time and patience!!

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#6 posted 10-06-2018 01:46 PM

Rob, it is basically the ‘bowl from a board’ method. As Bob described, the table is tilted just a little. The concentric cuttings can then “telescope” until they bind. It could be done on a band saw on a larger scale, or on a scroll saw at any scale. If one wanted to do this, they would do test cuts starting at 1degree and increase from there. Typically it is from 1-4 degrees of tilt. The thickness of the board and the thickness of the blade are fixed, so the table angle is adjusted until the amount you want one piece to stick out from the next one is achieved. You will find that cutting one direction gives you pieces that telescope up from the board and cutting in the other direction produces pieces that telescope down through the board. (I’m talking about clockwise vs counter clockwise.) Again, experimenting on scrap lets you set up for the real thing. If one tries it, they’ll see it is easier at the saw than it is to explain in words.

-- Spence in Skokie, IL

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#7 posted 10-06-2018 04:24 PM

Bob, nice piece, very creative glad you had fun with the plywood

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#8 posted 10-06-2018 07:03 PM

OK, ... so see if I have got it right now,
they are effectively concencric shapes and the gap and angle is used to reassemble them forming a funnel shape as the kerf closes up?
Glue it all together then cut it in half !!

-- Regards Rob

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#9 posted 10-06-2018 08:12 PM

Thanks Spencer and Bob for explaining to Rob. Rob, no need to cut in half, just start by cutting a half bowl from a scrap piece of flat board. telescope it out and go from there. This one I cut the sections square, same effect.
The smaller the angle of the cut, the longer the telescope. Happy Sunday. get the the shed and have fun.

-- Bob C, Australia. Your best teacher is your last mistake.

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#10 posted 10-06-2018 09:44 PM

This view supplements Bob’s pics and should help you. If not, look up images of Brian Wilsher ( or Willsher) wood artist. (This pic is one of Wilsher’s pieces…not mine.)

Wilsher’s art is an interesting blend of, and are creative variations of, both the band saw box technique and the bowl from a board technique. Nothing really new, yet artistically creative and different. It is thinking outside the box, which is possible when your goal is neither a box nor a bowl and you know these methods for making boxes and bowls! (puns intended) If you don’t know these 2 techniques, look them up. They are documented in many places online and in woodworking books.

The ones Bob did are variations of the bowl from a board method. Wilsher’s use of band saw box techniques start with squarer stock, like 2×2 or 3×3.

-- Spence in Skokie, IL

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#11 posted 10-07-2018 05:52 AM

Bob….That is Creativity…..You are an Artist.!!!!

The different angles bring a different focus to the eye for a very pleasing result. Great Work!!
The Plywood certainly worked well for you in your visual story.. Liker to see more of these Bob!!!
Congratulations.
Regards,

Cliff.

-- Cliff Australia : Snoring is good. It blows away all the Sawdust.

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#12 posted 10-07-2018 07:17 AM

Your sculptures are pretty interesting.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#13 posted 10-07-2018 07:55 PM

Unfortunately the pictures are just too fuzzy to see what this really looks like.

-- John D, OP, KS

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#14 posted 10-08-2018 12:40 AM

Bob , nice job and congratulations on another ‘Daily Top 3’ award. Nice unusual design.

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

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#15 posted 10-08-2018 02:18 PM

Very interesting Bob. These sculptures remind me of something but I just can’t pinpoint it. Nice work.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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