|Project by Dave Owen||posted 12-26-2011 07:13 PM||1752 views||20 times favorited||14 comments|
I first heard of wooden ‘quilt squares’ a couple of years ago, when a friend told me about them. Since then, I had given little thought to making one until recently. This Christmas I decided to give one to each of my two children and seven grandchildren. Those nine are shown on the first photo, followed by five individual photos. I have seven more squares in various stages of completion. Each pattern is different, but all sixteen use the same shapes and sizes except for one.
These squares are 10” x 10” overall, and the ¼” thick individual pieces (plus the 3/8” inside border) are glued to a ¼” MDF back. I applied 3 to 5 coats of clear, gloss lacquer due to a shortage of time.
The individual pieces were mostly cut from scraps I had, although I did buy a couple of small boards. The woods used are all natural color, and include two different oaks, two of the ‘true’ mahoganies, Philippine mahogany, yellowheart, maple, walnut, bloodwood, cherry, one of the rosewoods, and black palm. I even used a few pieces of an unknown wood from a shipping pallet.
Gluing the pieces to the back board is a little tricky, since the angled pieces tend to slip out of alignment easily. To avoid that problem, I designed a gluing jig that turned out to work quite well.
My favorite square is the one shown in the first individual photo. I call it ‘Tumbling Blocks’ since the 3-D look can suddenly change as you look at it.
-- Dave O.