Tae Kwon Do Belt Rack #3: Making the parts

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Blog entry by CharlieK posted 05-09-2015 07:11 PM 2147 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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The design called for a stretcher piece between the carved medallion and the back board that supports the belts. I thought a through tenon with a wedge on the outside of the column would look really cool. I wasn’t up for making a true through tenon between the round and tapered columns so I decided to make fake through tenons.

After I fit the stretcher to the inside of the columns I marked where the “tenons” would come through the columns and cut a mortise.

After that I fitted the “tenons” into the mortises.

Originally I was going to make the backboard out of solid 3/8” or 1/2” stock. When I resawed some stock for this it sprung and twisted so much that the wood was completely unusable!

These boards were cut from a fairly straight piece of stock. In the photos they are sitting flat on the bench! There is no way I could get a flat backboard out of them.

I ended up making some 1/16” band sawn veneer and laminating a piece of it onto each side of a 1/4” piece of plywood. I banded it with some 1/2” stock which left just enough of a recess to allow space for the velcro straps.

The photo above shows the backside of the back board and the one below is of the front side. I later trimmed the ends to exact the size needed.

Below is a photo of the base piece. I took fewer pictures around this time because I was getting into a real time crunch!

In this photo you can see the keyhole slot I cut into the top piece so we would have a good way to hang it on the wall.

I put PSA sandpaper on the offcut from bandsawing and on a board that I used for a pattern. I then used these to fair the curved pieces.

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#1 posted 05-09-2015 07:24 PM


Nice workmanship! What kind of band saw is that?

I’m looking forward…not to the release in the logs I’m cutting!

Now I know where Murphy went when he left my shop????

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#2 posted 05-10-2015 02:48 AM

A lot of ups and downs on this one. You came through like a trooper and worked it out. A true craftsman.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#3 posted 05-10-2015 12:42 PM

Thanks Dave!

It seems like I usually do have a lot of ups and downs on my projects! :) I will post more photos soon.


My bandsaw is a Mini Max, MM16 and I love it! That thing is a beast. I can resaw 12” bubinga and the motor never even pauses. Blade changes are kind of a pain, but it is a great saw. I find myself using it more and more as time goes on.

Thanks guys!!

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