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09-26-2011 04:04 PM

I’m about to build my first inlay coffee table using Knotty alder and Walnut for the star centered in the table. In the photo I have a 30” radius template drawn out on hard board and plan on cutting it as shown on the lines to give it a 3D image and was wondering if I’m on the right track, I will have 10 pieces once it’s all cut and have them numbered with reference lines so to piece it back together.

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Randy

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#1 posted 09-26-2011 04:17 PM

If the points are 72ยบ apart, you have it right!

ddwwb

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#2 posted 09-26-2011 04:26 PM

Don, I didn’t have anyway of determining the point locations or at least didn’t know what device I needed for a circle of that size, could use some help with that as well. I worked all day with pencil and eraser until I got what looks right to me at all angles.

So now I just need to cut the lines until it’s all halved then each piece laid over the board draw around it then cut, that’s what I was planing on doing?

Thanks

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#3 posted 09-26-2011 04:32 PM

I’m guessing I can just use a normal size protractor for this?

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#4 posted 09-26-2011 04:48 PM

Just use a yard stick and make sure the points are all the same distance apart.

ddwwb

-- Will trade wife's yarn for tools.

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#5 posted 09-26-2011 05:10 PM

Got it thanks

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#6 posted 10-15-2011 12:22 PM

that is truely brain racking, i spent alot of time with the pencil and eraser when doing the dallas star that i attached to a dallas themed wall for my sons room, its in my projects if you care to look, although mine was not going to be a center peice for a table, I cut mine out of 3/4 mdf, and used my jig saw in one peice, good luck with that and post pics as you go if you can

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#7 posted 10-15-2011 01:22 PM

I’d say that with something as large as that, if it looks right, it pretty well is right. You do obviously still need to measure it, but Don is right about a yard stick or similar – you do not need to get absolute precision to a thousandth of an inch.

You’ve already said that you plan to do the most important thing – number the pieces. Begin by making them all the same sligtly oversize before fine-tuning each individual piece, numbering as you go.

One trick that I learnt doing my inlay was the order in which I inserted the inlay pieces. I did not go 1, 2, 3 etc. I had 8 pieces so my order was 1, 5, 3, 7, 2, 4, 6, 8 – i.e. I did opposite pairs working around every second piece to ensure that they all met well at the centre (even though I later cut out the centre bits in mine). I would think that getting the centre right will be very important for your table.

Go for it – have fun. We are looking forward to seeing the results.

-- I may have lost my marbles, but I still have my love of woodworking

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#8 posted 10-15-2011 05:26 PM

I have the star done, only a couple of the pieces didn’t come out right so have to re do them using my template, I sorta had to set this aside due to other projects getting in the way, but I should be able to get back on it starting next week.

-- Randy - If I'm not on LJ's then I'm making Saw Dust. Please feel free to visit my store location at http://www.facebook.com/randy.blackstock.custom.wood.designs

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