|Project by BertFlores58||posted 07-23-2012 03:42 AM||1749 views||1 time favorited||8 comments|
From Narra parquets recycled from flooring, I decided to make a mosaic of different triangles made from squares. The parquets were 2×6 inches at 3/8” thick. Here are some of the tips in doing the construction:
The Mosaic Construction.
At first, I glued pairs of 2×6 parquets forming a 4×6. Cut a square of 2×2 and glued the pairs end to side, then join the 4×6 to form the required design. The purpose is to cover the ends by the sides creating greater strength and avoiding tear out. However, there is an absolute difficulty in planing because the grain paterns are interlaced with each other. I made two boards from about 12 pieces of 2×4 parquets per board. Be sure to select the grain orientation and color to make contrast during the glue up. Sanding comes handy using my portable grinder that is adjustable speed.
The EZ MITRE Method.
Martyn being the one who introduced this method, it is always a challenge to me to do it his way. The technique goes with cutting a 45 degree bevel using a router where the line folds will connect. Actually, it is more harder to be acquainted using a miter saw. TIP: The board must be perfectly flat and has perfect thickness all around. I use a portable router with a guide. The depth of cut is all the way through. I don’t want to make two passes in doing this…. however route it slowly for less feed. I don’t have a plan to make a clampshell hinge on this one.
The Base and Sides.
It is an ordinary construction using a pinned joint. The sides were 4 pieces of 2×4 joined end to end. I could not miter it because the parquet is 1/4” shorter based on the required dimension. Therefore the only way is to join the ends to the side of the other. The use of bamboo chopstick as dowels are good enough and is stronger too as I have done this before. After making the sides, I attached this to the baseboard. Fit tested first to the lidside if it will go through. So the box is complete with both lid and base.
Here is one example of a pinned box joint using only bamboo chopsticks… looks good too with strength.
The Candle Holders.
Using the 2×2x3 inches of scraps that are just lying on my recycle bin. I take fostner bit 2 inches diameter (the one for drilling doorknobs) to drill the hole but not through. I leave about 3/16” as the bottom floor. I use only electric portable drill rather than a drill press. I also cut manually using a back saw to make the square…. some sort of exercise. Eight pieces of them 2-1/2 square pieces with a hole to a depth of 1 inch. Four in each layer (2 layers total) fits the box. Sand them and coat them with sanding sealer and lacquer flo. I put a lot of lacquer flo and that was the reason why the pieces was so dark.
The idea is to make these candle holders as also containers for beads and buttons that Mommy is using in her sewing hobby. I may give it to her if she likes it. On the other hand, my first taught was the contest of making a picnic piece…. why not … a romantic dinner for the family with 8 candles to light each plate.
So there it is… the mitered box with 8 candles boxes in it. Thanks to Martyn for encouraging me on trying the hardway of an EZ mitre method… LOL. True is—- Martyn has an accuracy of the router table and with his left hand while Bert has the accuracy of a portable router and his right hand.
Thanks for reading and hope you learn something and a grin in your face.