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Forum topic by Ben posted 10-12-2017 11:49 PM 593 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-12-2017 11:49 PM

Hi Gang,

I have a small side job of building a quatrefoil/four-leaf clover shaped window frame for a stained glass window.

My question is mainly about structure. I envision essentially forming a square with four separate boards mitered together, wide enough to cut the shape out of, and using Dominos (festool floating tenons) to connect the points.

Does this seem reasonable, or should I look into bricklaying multiple boards, or something else?
Frame needs to be minimum 5/4” thick with about a 1/2” rabbet for the glass/glazing.

Thanks!


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#1 posted 10-13-2017 12:02 AM

A drawing of what you have in mind would be
helpful.

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#2 posted 10-13-2017 12:04 AM

I’m going for something like that, but without the outer circle.

I’m thinking that outer circle, especially if solid instead of those glass triangles, would make things a lot stronger, though.

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#3 posted 10-13-2017 12:13 AM

I wouldn’t be so much concerned with joinery
strength as with wood movement.

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#4 posted 10-30-2017 05:07 PM

Here’s the quatrefoil!
Nothing easy about this project, but certainly rewarding.

Any tips for a finish? Budget is maxed out but I’ll eat some labor to make it extra nice.

Not pictured is rabbet on back side.

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#5 posted 10-30-2017 05:09 PM

That turned out very well.

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#6 posted 10-30-2017 09:44 PM

Very nice. The finish would be influenced by the intended location. I would try to leave it to the client to determine the finish.

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#7 posted 11-08-2017 01:00 PM

THanks all!

Having some trouble with the finish.
I applied a coat of Tung oil (Millie’s brand) to be under the poly. I’ve done this on a few other pieces.
Well, four days later, the tung oil is still gummy.

I buffed it out with a little paint thinner and then a dry rag and applied first coat of wipe-on poly last night.

This morning, still pretty sticky pretty much everywhere.
Help! Customer is picking this up tomorrow night. I hoped to put on two more coats of wipe-on today.

Should I run a heat gun/blow drier over it for awhile? Not sure if the issue is getting too cold overnight, or the tung oil itself.

Any tips appreciated.

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