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Rustic pallet wood star center piece

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Project by FreeWoodistheBest posted 03-20-2014 05:22 PM 1509 views 14 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my first attempt at this design. The back has a 1/2” plywood square to hold the peices together and to stand it off from the table. Finish was a simple coat of linseed oil rubbed on with a cloth. Making many other variations of this now, some with a light wash of color and others showing the natural beauty of the wood…

UPDATE: added a picture of the painted version.
I didn’t measure angles. I was able to lay this out using these dimensions.

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Gene Howe

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#1 posted 03-20-2014 05:32 PM

That’s really neat. Gotta ask….does it hang on a wall?

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#2 posted 03-20-2014 05:35 PM

Gene,
Thanks for the compliment and question –
This one is designed to be flat on a table with the 1/2” ply on the bottom… But I think a thinner backing would easily allow it to be hung on the wall with a “D” ring style hook… or even a pocket hole… :)

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#3 posted 03-20-2014 06:33 PM

Sweet

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#4 posted 03-20-2014 07:42 PM

What angles did you use? My wife really liked it and wants me to make one. Fantastic job!

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#5 posted 03-20-2014 08:08 PM

Now that’s a dead give away if I ever saw one !

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FreeWoodistheBest

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#6 posted 03-20-2014 09:08 PM

Jason72,
I will post the plan later today.

Not sure what was given away :)

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Joe

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#7 posted 03-20-2014 09:20 PM

Looks great. Did you cut the angles on your mitre saw? Will keep my eyes out for your plans. Added to my faves. Thanks for posting.

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FreeWoodistheBest

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#8 posted 03-20-2014 10:29 PM

Joe,
Don’t judge ok? I cut these two out on my radial arm saw… It was a bit hairy at times…
No jig either, I simply traced my pattern on the wood and eye-balled a straight cut…

Notice they do not have a perfect fit at the joints :/ also notice it says rustic star and not fine furniture star :)

I will be making a few more of these and making a jig to slide the peices into… Wanted to make sure my wife thought they were nice enough to display. Sometimes I miss the mark in the “will it sell?” department.

I think this one is a winner. Placed in the middle of the dinner/picnic table and put napkins, salt/pepper, candle, or whatever on it. Each took about 20 mins to cut, sand, and assemble…

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okwoodshop

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#9 posted 03-20-2014 11:20 PM

looks good to me, I can see some more variations that would work to.

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UpstateNYdude

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#10 posted 03-21-2014 03:20 AM

My guess is 72 degrees

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FreeWoodistheBest

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#11 posted 03-21-2014 03:32 AM

I posted my template with dimensions. I did not measure out angles, I just used the 5” and 7” lengths and the rest fell into place. Hope this helps you out.

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Eric in central Florida

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#12 posted 03-21-2014 03:51 AM

Nice job.
Welcome to Lumberjocks.
Making the Top 3 on your first day sets the bar high.
Thanks for sharing.

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#13 posted 03-21-2014 12:49 PM

Nice star, Anytime I make anything five sided, I use 36 degrees (Pentagon)

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FreeWoodistheBest

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#14 posted 03-21-2014 04:29 PM

I am a cadd designer, I do a ton of template/layout work in Autocad. I attached an updated template here for everyone to use. 36d is correct. Since my stars and edges want to be rustic, if I see an angle on one does not match up well, I just recut it… If you are making these to be neat lined at the joints this template and a cutting jig would help.

I used this same pattern to make a “license plate” star out of 5 old plates. You trace this pattern on the plate, cut it out, then bend it along the long axis until you get them all to “lineup”. :)

Jeff

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