Sunburst Sample

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Project by Peter Oxley posted 01-19-2008 06:48 AM 2490 views 8 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I wanted to pitch a design to a client for their project, and what better way than to build them a sample? The “wedges” are each two pieces cut at nine degrees with a taper jig and glued together to form an 18 degree wedge. The edges of the wedges (hey, I’m Longfellow) are rounded over 1/8” as are the edges of the “rays”. I glued up the wedges and rays using a jig I built to keep the wedges from backing out. Next an arc is routed at the base of the rays using a trammel and a ¼” straight bit. The “sun” piece is also routed with the trammel and straight bit adjusted to cut the correct size inside arc. Then roundover the edge of the sun and the base of the rays and glue in the sun. Finally, a panel raiser on the back side so the panel will fit in the groove, and glue up the rails and stiles.

White Oak, Walnut Danish Oil.

The client loves it. When I build the project, I’ll document the build/glue process in a blog.

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#1 posted 01-19-2008 06:59 AM

Nice prototype Peter.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#2 posted 01-19-2008 07:00 AM

Great sample! Looking forward to the blog.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#3 posted 01-19-2008 12:17 PM

wow. cool.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#4 posted 01-19-2008 12:46 PM

That is sweet. I can’t wait to see it incorporated into a project.

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#5 posted 01-19-2008 12:46 PM

If that is the sample – I can’t wait to see the finished product.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#6 posted 01-19-2008 12:55 PM

wow ! i can see some huge possibilities in this design . great stuff here peter ! cant wait for this blog thanks

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#7 posted 01-19-2008 01:04 PM

Cool Peter! Can’t wait to see the blog.

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#8 posted 01-19-2008 03:45 PM

Very cool. A prototype is so much better than a picture.

-- Working at Woodworking

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#9 posted 01-19-2008 03:49 PM

Hey, I like it! I assume this is a door and the project will use these doors?? Well done, my friend.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#10 posted 01-20-2008 07:41 PM

Thanks, guys! I don’t know how to describe this project … I guess you’d call it a table, but instead of being open underneath it is skirted to the floor all the way around. The skirt will be like wainscot and the panels will be the sunburst pattern.

The client is giving me a lot of freedom with the design, so this project will be a lot of fun! The material should arrive Tuesday, so I’m trying to get everything else wrapped up because once I start on this I won’t want to do anything else!

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#11 posted 01-20-2008 07:46 PM

Holy Moly! That’s a really great idea!

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#12 posted 01-23-2008 07:00 PM

Sweet! I’m looking forward to following the full project. Very cool idea!

-- Patrick, Chicago, IL

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#13 posted 04-29-2008 02:30 AM

very beautiful congratulation works

-- jeanmarc manosque france

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#14 posted 03-22-2011 10:41 PM

nice sample. great look. I don’t see the blog, however. Did you ever do the project for the customer?

-- Dave from Buffalo Grove

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