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Project by SPalm posted 1207 days ago 5837 views 47 times favorited 50 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hey all,

I have thought about different ways to do a ‘weaved’ design and this one has been rattling around in my head for quite a while. I was thinking that adding a slight curve to one of the directions might add some dimension to it. Not sure it worked, but I think the result is quite simple and pleasing. Kind of weave, kind of bamboo, kind of like a bunch of D-cell batteries stacked in rows.

I ripped 1 inch strips of maple and drew a long triangle on their tops so that I would be able to put them back into their original positions. I then took them over to the bandsaw and cut them into curved pieces. I used circle/radius cutting setup with a fence and a 1/4 inch blade. The base of the jig was clamped to the table and never moved. I made a simple indexing pin (dowel) on the left side of the blade that I could push it forward like a stop block to create repeatable lengths. I would pull this pin back slightly to get out of the way while swinging the cut.

I marked the top of an identically sized stick of walnut. I did not care to put the walnut pieces back into their original positions, but the curve on the left might not be exactly the same as the curve on the right, so I did not want to put a piece in upside down. I then used the same basic technique to cut all the small pieces.

I did a simple glue-up of the individual sticks. I just pressed them against a reference board that was clamped to my bench. I used a piece of marble covered with wax paper as the bottom flat reference. I just pressed the pieces together for about 5 minutes, moved the subassembly aside, and then started on the next row. After the rows had dried overnight, I lightly drum sanded the sides flat and glued them all together. Then I let the whole shebang dry overnight and surfaced it. The finish is mineral oil.

All in all, quite a relaxing build. Comments or suggestions always welcome.
Steve

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon





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sedcokid

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#1 posted 1207 days ago

Beautiful! Your projects are always over the top!!

Thanks for sharing!

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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#2 posted 1207 days ago

Hey Steve this an Amazing board and Jig. I might be wrong but it seems Patron made a jig that made a similar shape. Not meant to criticize just an observation. I’ve been wrong before. It’s interesting how all the great LJers come up with these great techniques.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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JL7

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#3 posted 1207 days ago

Hey Steve – I noticed you hadn’t posted a new project for awhile, so I figured you would come up with something totally new…..this is truely unique and has a really great look. You must be running out of wall space to hang your works of art! Nicely done!

Jeff

-- Jeff - I have not failed. I've just found 10,002 ways that won't work.

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Joe Lyddon

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#4 posted 1207 days ago

Steve,

Why don’t you turn every other one end for end & have the dark curves lining up and waving across the board?

-- 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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patron

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#5 posted 1207 days ago

nice piece steve

the illusion is that it looks like it has ‘shingle’ effect
or like a board to hold those commemorative quarters

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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SPalm

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#6 posted 1207 days ago

Thanks guys.

@Jim, yup, Patron did the same kind of thing for one of his wall/door jobs. He does a wonderful job on describing it in one of his blogs. I also had used this exact same arc jig for some of my cheese slicers. DeGoose used one last week for his cutting boards. This is just another use.

Steve

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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a1Jim

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#7 posted 1207 days ago

Looks great Steve I wish I was able to come up with or even follow any of the dozen or so of you guys that make these unique and special jigs.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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SPalm

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#8 posted 1207 days ago

@Joe, tried that. Karen nixed it quickly.

Steve

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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Joe Lyddon

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#9 posted 1207 days ago

WOW! Kinda makes you DIZZY doesn’t it?

What the mind can do… strange…

Thank you… I gotta sit down… hey, I am down… whew…

-- 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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patron

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#10 posted 1207 days ago

that’s why i do the random
it creates interest
without becoming to visually busy

and i get to use all different scraps up

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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BarbS

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#11 posted 1207 days ago

I like that very much!

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CharlieM1958

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#12 posted 1207 days ago

That looks great, Steve. I’m glad to know someone has something other than rocks (like me) rattling around in his head.

Some of you cutting board guys must find therapeutic value in cutting a million small pieces. I’m afraid my mind would wander and I lose a finger.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#13 posted 1207 days ago

Certainly has a nice 3D effect , Steve : ) I wasn’t quite sure what I was seeing until I enlarged the pix.
Great idea and the best part is that you could substitute any number of woods in this design…How about a Bloodwood field with slightly thicker Tiger Maple curves , for example : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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DonH

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#14 posted 1207 days ago

Great work Steve – you definitely picked the right option for the pattern. Nice clean job, a lot of curved surfaces to keep true to one another.

Again – great piece of work!!

Don

-- DonH Orleans Ontario

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SPalm

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#15 posted 1207 days ago

@Chuck, :) Actually, it really is a stress-less build and glue-up.

@Dusty, I also thought about real thin contrasting vertical pieces between the maple strips. Or just nixing the weave concept and throwing in a few different colors of little pieces randomly here and there.

Steve

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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