|Project by Arookar||posted 05-07-2012 03:45 AM||1702 views||1 time favorited||5 comments|
This was my first fine woodworking project at College of the Redwoods. The sun is made of madrone and the rays are made of Australian Cypress. Both very beautiful. I epoxied in 1/8” brass pins to set the spools on. Finish is clear Danish oil and the 3rd coat is wet sanded with 400 grit. The edge of the rays were all routed and the tips sanded to shape by hand.
The rays had a rabbet on the end which fit into a rabbet across the underside edge of the sun, essentially making a half-lap joint. Each ray had two holes drilled thru this joint and then pinned with 1/4” walnut dowels. You can see the exposed dowels- the circles all around the edge of the sun face. The trickiest part was spacing the rays. I tried at first to mathematically draw perfect wedges by dividing up the hemisphere. In the end, I adjusted each ray by hand until it was pleasing to my eye. Which sort of defeated the purpose of all my precise measurements! Live and learn!
-- The only gift is a portion of thyself. -Ralph Waldo Emerson, writer and philosopher (1803-1882)