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Project by mrsmith posted 04-23-2013 03:30 PM 5659 views 28 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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#1 posted 04-23-2013 04:31 PM

My wife and I were just looking at some of these at the antique market Sunday, and I said I could probably make one, what a coincidence. I understand the first picture, but have questions about the second picture. Is the jig one solid piece? Do you glue the 2 pieces together before making the cut at 35 degrees?

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#2 posted 04-23-2013 04:35 PM

Should be 36° for a five point star. 360°/5= 72. 72°/2=36° on each half point.

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#3 posted 04-23-2013 04:41 PM

My brain hurts looking at these jigs. I like the star idea and understand the first jig, I think, and a bit of the second one. What’s the process here. It looks like you begin with a flat board 6×15x1 and cut one edge at 30 deg on the first jig. Do you have to flip pieces around from left to right side of blade to cut? Or keep it on one side of blade? And the second jig it looks like you take the piece from first jig and cut at 90 deg. Can you explain with a few more pictures of the process. Thanks for posting. Very cool.

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#4 posted 04-23-2013 04:57 PM

I looked at your 3d 30 degree star and it looked very nice. This is an interesting post and welcome to Lumberjocks. Incidentally, a CAD program makes things like this fairly easy on the brain. Turbocad is very affordable at $130 and is not hard to learn with their training disc. But, I’ll tell you what, it sure is a good value with the power that it has. Good work on the stars. Congratulations.

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#5 posted 04-23-2013 07:26 PM

yes you glue two pieces together before making the next cut.
the jig is one piece.
36degrees is correct but after you glue them up you lose 2 degrees.

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#6 posted 04-23-2013 07:32 PM

Is the first cut with the blade at 90 degrees Or is it with the blade at a 30 degree bevel that I see on the jig?

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#7 posted 04-23-2013 07:37 PM

Have you ever made a 3d flag of Texas with that concept? I bet that it would be real pretty if it was painted right. Come to think on it it might look real good if it was just done with contrasting woods and stain. Just a thought.

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#8 posted 04-23-2013 07:41 PM

1st cut at 30 deg.

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#9 posted 04-24-2013 01:55 AM

Your second picture shows you cutting one half of the side of the star point, do you need a second jig that is the opposite to cut the other side? A blog with some more pictures and details would be nice if you care to share.

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#10 posted 04-24-2013 02:12 PM

Hey Mr. Smith. Awesome concept, the best I’ve seen lately, and I’ve been folowing star pattersn for a while. It’s one of the first projects I want to try with my antiquw pine once I get the new shop going (soon!!!)

As Al mentioned above, I think everyone would love it if you could blog a step by step for the the jig, or even better, a video! Just a thought.

Just to clarify (ask anyone on LJ, I’m thick as a brick)

15” length is cut at 30 degrees? Glue the two triangle together, then cut the 5 3/8” length @ 35 degrees. rinse and repeat 5 times, and you have a star, correct?

Thanks for the picture and extra instructions! Of to “Fav” this.


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#11 posted 04-28-2013 06:53 PM

If you’d like to see another approach to making 3D stars of any shape or size, from how to calculate them, to making jigs, to building them, here’s a 3 part blog link:

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