Well again a brilliant post by Kiefer has motivated me to try and discover the hidden skills of fine wood working.
This blog is a direct result of seeing the SAPPORO project.
Not being content with just seeing the work I was curious as to how it was done, so again I set to work attempting to replicate some masterful work.
I glued up a couple of bits of off cut Camphor Laurel and a piece of good old Aussie Gum ( may be yellow stringy bark not really sure)
I had planned to use the overall squarish shape however because of a noticable twist in the timbers it was not possible so I cut them in half in an attempt to recover some use from them, this changed the aspect of the timber considerably, so the effect was not as startling, a little dissapointing but I pressed on
I then trimmed the stock up and joined it crudely on the table saw to make sure I hade a suitable work datum
First up I commenced cross cuttining the pyramids. The setup I used involved the rule above the saw blade again, so as before if you choose this method please take care.
Once all the cross cuts were done it was then on to the ripping stage. Here they are just off the saw.
Some of the pyramids fell out some didnt.
To remove the off cut sections not required I snapped them off with a small flat blade screw driver
Once that was done the raw product was then resawn between the pyramids to clean it up. (to get rid of the sand!)
These are the final results.
Note: The second piece did not make it sadly as a couple of the fixed pyramids broke loose whilst being sawn so I didnt continue with them. They may have possibly been where the knots were.
Did it work? well you be the judge !!
There are things I should have done better, however,
-- Regards Robert