Dodecahedron--Now What?

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Project by grace123 posted 08-08-2013 05:02 PM 3740 views 7 times favorited 28 comments Add to Favorites Watch

About seven years ago my daughter, my mother and I took the plunge and enrolled in a woodworking class at our local community college. We were afraid we would be the only gals in the room, but surprisingly there were about 20 women and 10 men. We enjoyed our first semester and made Adirondack chairs. Then we enrolled again and made a couple of entertainment centers and a blanket chest.

You can see my daughter and my mother.

This is our instructor. We took five semesters of classes from him.

My daughter had a baby, and then two and then three. So we don’t take woodworking classes any more and work in The Girls Shop.

This is a picture of the The Girls Shop, as oppose to”the shop”. In “the shop” the men folk repair tractors, cars, trucks, motorcycles, et. The Girls Shop is where we go to play with wood

Anyway, to get back to the dodecahedron. I had a terrible time gettng a miter joint to come out like it was supposed to. My corners were never true right angles.

So I bought a square and a protractor and determined to learn how to make angles come out like I wanted them to. I am getting better.

Here is a picture of my five sides glued and ready for slicing.

And here is a picture of my dodecahedron taped after gluing.

And a final shot after the glue dried and the tape was removed.

I am not sure what I will do with it now, but it was a lot of fun.

On a final note, I have felt a failure in regard to mathematics and even arithmetic. When I was in the fifth grade, my teacher posted charts on the walls of our classroom. Everyone who received a 100% on a math quiz received a star. More and more stars were posted, but I never got a star. I got pretty close, like missing the answer to just one question, but still no star. It has been more than 40 years since that fifth grade class, and still remember it. So I felt glad that I was able to calculate the angles and make this funny little wooden thing. And, in true Lumberjocks fashion, thanks for looking.

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#1 posted 08-08-2013 05:47 PM

Nice! I doubt I could get those angles anywhere close to accurate. I think a nice finish on ply would look pretty good here. (Someone else would have to actually recommend one though :). )

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#2 posted 08-08-2013 06:05 PM

Nice. I think you’ve got it.

Consider these as stars **


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#3 posted 08-08-2013 06:18 PM

You get a star from me too. Wow.

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#4 posted 08-08-2013 07:47 PM

Nice and beautiful! You’re on the right track! Keep it going!

-- "someone has to be wounded for others to be saved, someone has to sacrifice for others to feel happiness, someone has to die so others could live"

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#5 posted 08-08-2013 08:04 PM

Wow !! You Deserve a Gold Star – *

-- Love thy neighbour as thyself

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#6 posted 08-08-2013 08:06 PM

You could turn it into a lamp :-)

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#7 posted 08-08-2013 08:08 PM

pretty cool. and yeah – can make nice lamps, or lamp shades.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#8 posted 08-08-2013 09:14 PM

I love it. I’ll have to make one of my own now.

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#9 posted 08-08-2013 09:37 PM

Cool.. double cool, 10=stars from me, angles were never a favourite of mine so you done good.


-- No! Try Not. Do, or do Not.There is no Try.

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#10 posted 08-08-2013 10:18 PM

That deserves a star for each angle (however many that is)!! 3 generations of women in the same woodworking class is great. (May explain why the 20 year old instructor looks like he does ;^b) Nice ‘Girl’s Shop’ as well. Thanks for sharing!

-- God bless, Candy

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#11 posted 08-08-2013 10:18 PM

I’ll add a star as well and I know how tight the math is.

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#12 posted 08-09-2013 12:17 AM

I am a school teacher and I’m giving you a star. Great work!

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#13 posted 08-09-2013 12:38 AM

I am so happy to see you gals, your projects and your shop. Not too many of us out here. Thanks for sharing your experiences and your thrill of woodworking.

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#14 posted 08-09-2013 01:02 AM

A+ Love the photos – keep up the good work and try new things! Thanks for sharing.

-- Dave in Minnesota - If it ain't broke, improve it!

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#15 posted 08-09-2013 01:59 AM


It took me forever to figure out how to make one. Then Gerben turned around and outdid me first try. Here is what I did with mine.

Mine didn’t turn out nearly as tight as yours did but we enjoy it in it’s entry way home.

I would say that they sky is the limit for you. If you can figure that one out, you probably have the confidence to really stretch yourself and know what ever it is – you can make it happen. Congratulations! Job very well done. I can’t wait to see what you come up with next!

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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