|Project by Brad18||posted 02-18-2014 03:58 AM||972 views||5 times favorited||13 comments|
This is a tray that I made as a Christmas gift for my parents.
The technique used in the panel of the tray was written about in the book called Laminated Designs in Wood by Clarence Rannefeld.
Basically, I started by laminating two strips of walnut, two strips of white oak, and one strip cherry in a symmetrical fashion. The outer strips we 2” wide walnut, and the interior stripe consisted of two strips of 1/8” oak and one strip of 1/4” cherry. After this lamination was glued and planed, it was cut into 3/4” strips at a 45 degree angle. After alternating each strip and regluing, it looked something like this (this picture came from software called LaminationPro, which you can find online, and is a great tool for designing these panels)...
The same process was done to this panel as well. I used a 60 degree angle on my next round of cuts. On the second round of cuts, you need to cut through the midpoint of the ascending or descending lines of the zigzag. Then you need to do the same process of flipping over every other strip and gluing the strips back together.
There are an infinite number of designs that can be made using this technique by altering the angles. You can also alter the design by continuing to make more and more rounds of cuts.
I used a modified tablesaw sled to make the cuts. The sled allows me to change angles of the cuts and contains a stop block in order to have all my cuts be the same width.
The border of the tray was made from maple.