Snakes Pattern in Solid Wood

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Blog series by BritBoxmaker updated 06-04-2010 06:45 PM 5 parts 31660 reads 90 comments total

Part 1: The Challenge of the Snakes

05-30-2010 08:24 PM by BritBoxmaker | 19 comments »

After posting the ‘Pattern of Four’ aka ‘Snakes’ box it occurred to me that it must be able to be done in solid wood, not just veneer. Another challenge methinks. Heres the pattern I think this can be reduced to its simplest components. Two types of square; one made up of four triangles and the other a simple square with sides half the length of the first. Each individual snake pattern is made up of four triangles and one square. Trust me I’ve seen the patterns ...

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Part 2: Puzzling

05-31-2010 12:28 PM by BritBoxmaker | 19 comments »

Hello again. The glue-up went well. So did the cleanup and sizing of the smaller squares. So I decided to try a dry run of a patch of the snakes pattern. Sawed up 1/6th of my stock netting 15 large squares and 14 small (7 x walnut, 7 x maple). Played around a bit and this is the result.Some of the maple wasn’t the lightest in the world and I hope the contrast holds when its finished.Patterns in the layout have emerged which should make things easier come glue-up time, such as every larg...

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Part 3: Preparation or Going for the Big One.

06-01-2010 08:43 PM by BritBoxmaker | 15 comments »

Right I’ve re-arranged the dark and light maple to different areas of the board, matched grain patterns as much as I can and am now preparing for the glue up. This above pic shows how I am planning to tackle partial glue-up if the glue setting time starts to become an issue.The eight softwood sticks allow for straight rectangular clamping at glue-up.This shows, at the top, the pattern ready for moving to the glue-up frame, bottom. The seperate right hand section of the pattern is the mi...

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Part 4: The Union of the Snake

06-02-2010 05:51 PM by BritBoxmaker | 16 comments »

Well part of it anyway. A new set of eight clamping sticks, waxed this time and polished. Major squeeky bum (ass) time. Glue in a dish. Brush at the ready. Quick slurp of tea and there off…...........Pick up the piece, slap on the glue, position it in the frame. Repeat until you’re sure you’ve done something wrong. Put it right. Continue…...... After 20 minutes—->The glue was probably OK for another two rows but I bottled it (chickened out). Wasn’t used to ...

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Part 5: The final scene or Cleopatra's Asp

06-04-2010 06:45 PM by BritBoxmaker | 21 comments »

I took the board out of the clamp, today. Relatively easily as it happened. Sanded both sides up and gave it a coat of oil. Well I say a coat but end grain drinks harder than some of the girls I dated in my teen years. Anyway by no means finished here’s a peek I prefer sharp square edges and for me the ends of this are just not tidy enough and I just think that if I rounded the edges it would look far too busy. I may frame it, in some mid-tone wood, like Oak. Ebony would be good,...

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