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Blog series by BertFlores58 updated 04-12-2011 04:12 PM 7 parts 18786 reads 55 comments total

Part 1: Whirlpool

08-27-2010 07:17 AM by BertFlores58 | 14 comments »

I am looking forward in doing some mosaic of wood. I was amazed by the capability of sketchup in trying to design those combinations. I know I am motivated by those who created designs for boxes, lazy susan, table tops and many others… To mention some.. Larry (Degoose), Spalm, Martyn (Britboxmaker), Gary K., etc. I posted this series for those who are interested in constructing it. Just click the photo to make it full screen…

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Part 2: The construction...Selection of wood

08-31-2010 03:45 PM by BertFlores58 | 9 comments »

It took me a different trial of wood samples. Since the plan is to have it done in endgrain, I have to select the wood that will not break at thickness of 7 mm or nearly 3/16 inch. I used my own strength for testing it. I have found several strong wood mostly 2/3. Cut them into desired pieces and looks like this. Another difficulty is select proper combinations of color depending on the design. I need some contrast to emphasize the design. I have to test the pieces by spraying wa...

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Part 3: Endgrain discolorization ..... solved.

09-02-2010 01:28 AM by BertFlores58 | 8 comments »

I have experimented on how an endgrain can retain its original color and grain pattern. Here are some observations: 1. Oil based stain, tung, linseed, and others … will absorb more and will be very dark than as expected base color even how thin it will be applied (actually it is difficult to control on how thin, number of coats will not make any difference because one coat will be completely penetrate in the wood. 2. Lacquer based.. sanding sealers, gloss or flat lacquers R...

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Part 4: Progress ... going halfway

09-04-2010 03:41 PM by BertFlores58 | 4 comments »

Have done today those little pieces to complete 7 sections. I have to select and replace previous wood because of brittleness being cut endgrain. I learned today that even a very hardwood cannot be trusted to retain its hardness when it is cut endgrain. There are some cracks along the line. Here is the picture how it looks today. and here is another… The lesson learned today…. The piece much be clamped firmly during cutting and filing.

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Part 5: A new wood contrast... Narra to Eucalyptus

09-05-2010 02:23 PM by BertFlores58 | 6 comments »

I recently found an old name stand (the one in the office where the name of the person and position is carved and put on his table for easy identification). A eucalyptus but very tight grain. What I like is the color. It is a pale yellow and will be a very nice contrast with red Narra. I was planning to use a pine tree specie for the white or yellow color but it is too soft and I don’t want to combine it with all those hardwood. I had already spent a long and tedious work on this an...

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Part 6: Hexaspiral - The triangulation way

03-26-2011 03:25 PM by BertFlores58 | 11 comments »

I decided to make a realistic work in converting scalenes to create a spiral design from a hexagon origin. At first I was thinking of the difficulty I will be facing in constructing it. Take a good look of following designs: THE DIFFERENT COLOR AND BIGGER TRIANGULATIONS. THE BLACKHOLE—The black and white in smaller strips In a way, it looks easy to construct however, creating the acute angle of less 5 deg is difficult. Here are the steps I made: STEP 1 – Make a hexa...

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Part 7: Hexaspiral box - Slicing using Japanese saw

04-12-2011 04:12 PM by BertFlores58 | 3 comments »

Pulling a saw was not easy as it seem. I already sliced the hexaspiral into 3 coaster like pieces. Even though I am experienced in ripping by hand, I still have some difficulty. The saw try to bend inwards or outwards making uneven cut. I was expecting this and so I gave an allowance of 9mm thick to at least have a final thickness of 8 or less after grinding. So here are they…. Here is the thickness photo…. The one that is darker is already coated with sanding seale...

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