Fibonacci Mosaic box #2: Pattern glue-up and ideas for experimentation

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Blog entry by BritBoxmaker posted 09-21-2013 04:49 PM 2705 reads 1 time favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: Design and piece cutting Part 2 of Fibonacci Mosaic box series Part 3: The best laid plans of mice and men »

I left you with this

All the pattern pieces neatly laid out. Now to get them glued down to make a board. The first thing I did was make a black and white outline print of the design. Taped it to my cutting mat and taped some clear library film (sticky side up) over the print. This allows me to build up a fixed pattern which can be glued to a board in one go. Here’s a couple of shots of the progress

outer and some of the next ring (Yew) pieces stuck down to the film from the original layout

inverting the pieces as I went. This is fine for all the pieces. The only thing is the central, Ebony, piece should be four quadrants, not one whole circle. Simple to correct. I drilled a hole in a piece of MDF to accommodate the circular die, tightly. A smaller hole drilled on the rear to allow for the finished item to be released from this jig. With this in place I set the table saw to saw through the middle of the circle (2 mm wide blade) almost all the way through.

and here’s the result

Its a simple matter to use a screwdriver blade to rotate the die by 90° for the second cut

With that done you just saw through the jig again.

Then push the piece out using the hole on the reverse of the jig giving this.

These four quadrants are kept together like this for easier placing in the pattern, again inverted.

After gluing this completed pattern to the 3 mm Birch ply base board (using a veneer press) this is the result.

This is the resin and dye I’ll be using for the ‘grout’

Now the trepidation sets in. This is a pretty little board and I’d hate to ruin it because I hadn’t got the grouting technique off pat. I will be experimenting with the technique. So I’ve dug out the box containing some of the spare pattern pieces from ‘Octagons Don’t Tessellate’ and ‘Are We Having Fun Yet’

I’ll be making some test patterns, some possible examples are

Again I’ll be gluing these to 3 mm Birch ply (I won’t bore you with that bit) and in the next blog I’ll be experimenting with the ‘grout’.

Be seeing you.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#1 posted 09-21-2013 04:53 PM

This is awesome! I really can’t wait to see the next step. Looks pretty darn amazing so far! :)


-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#2 posted 09-21-2013 05:10 PM

This is mind-blowing to me. My goodness. I am so impressed by your tenacity and techniques WOW!

-- cathyb, Hawaii,

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Gene Howe

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#3 posted 09-21-2013 05:45 PM

Your creativity in design and in use of tools is awesome!
this thread/ blog gets favorited right now.

-- 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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#4 posted 09-21-2013 11:38 PM

”Simple to correct.”… Simple for you perhaps Martyn! Nicely done!

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#5 posted 09-22-2013 12:28 AM

It amazes me how you design and “build” up these boxes. To call them precise is an understatement. Love the blog!

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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#6 posted 09-22-2013 11:01 AM

Wow, Martyn. I can’t hardly keep track of 4 or 6 pieces for a project. This blows my mind.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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#7 posted 09-22-2013 12:46 PM

This is fun to watch you think and experiment.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#8 posted 09-22-2013 09:09 PM

Another treat to be able to follow along!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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