Piece Size – Critical – and - Not Critical

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Blog entry by WoodMosaics posted 10-16-2008 06:28 PM 3041 reads 6 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The size doesn’t really mater, they just have to all be the same AND they have to match up with the triangle and any pieces of another size you may use along with them.

The reason I go with .734 or 47/64” is some of the boards I was getting were just under ¾”. I cut the strips off the edge of a board and from those strips, I cut my pieces, so I want to be able to then get the strip to the right width, and if it starts out to narrow, I can’t. Now when I use the half size pieces with the regular size pieces they all have to be the right sizes. As you can see the star on this box has 8 diamonds and it has 8 triangles tucked in between the points;

NOTE – On any of the pictures, if you want to read the description of that item, just click on the picture and it will take you to that picture on my Flickr site where it will give the description under the picture.

Oak Square Box

Where on this box, in the same sized area I have 16 diamonds and 16 triangles. You will notice that one diamond length wise and one diamond cross wise is the same length as one regular diamond, and takes up the same area just as 2 half size triangles is the same area as one regular triangle;

Sq Brown Tone

The same with these two boxes, the first has 40 pieces on the top;

Original Aunt Sukeys Choice Square Box

This next one has 60 pieces on the top and is the same size. In the middle it has 40 pieces in the same area that I have 20 pieces on the first box;

High Aunt Sukeys Choice Square Box

And on this Lazy Susan I have both sizes shown;

LS Med ASC Hb 1


Here is a video made by Tara (weirdwolf) from on this same Lazy Susan; (again I have a slip of the tongue here and I say Pattern when I should have said star,(I seem to be good at that) so don’t let that mix you up)

On this table top you can see the stars in the Oak all over it if you look close, as I mention in the video;

Table Lg ASC Oak 2

Now when I say the Triangle has to match up with the Diamond. Like on this box I have 2 triangles back to back and they stop right at the tip of the diamond;

Cherry Square Box

Where on this table top I have 12 diamonds out on a point and 24 triangles (12 back to back) and they stop right at the tip going out both ways;

Table Lg Flickering Star Wal Brown Top 1

So the size only matters in relation to the pieces that are used with it. It all depends on how many jigs you want to make to cut your pieces.

Also as you go from one size of finished product to the next, the size of piece you have will make a difference in the next size larger you can make. My small oak Lazy Susan will be 12” across, as here;

LS Sm Oak 1

My medium Oak Lazy Susan will be 15 ½” across, as here;

LS Med Oak 1

And my Large Oak Lazy Susan will be 19” across, as here;

LS Lg Oak 1

By this comparison it shows I can only make this design in 3 ½” size differences. The bigger your piece is the more limited you are on how close you can make different size objects of the same kind.

This all might be helpful if anyone wants to try this using different size pieces. I’m set up to use the size piece I am using. It works for me but other sizes would work also, as long as all the pieces fit together.

Thank you for looking,
Robin Tucker

-- It’s not so much what we know that causes the trouble, it’s what we know that’s not so.

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#1 posted 10-16-2008 07:46 PM

Dang, wow, holy cow, hot dog, atta boy, howdy doody!

That’s amazing. You must have the patience of Mother Teresa to do that much intricate work. It’s absolutely beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

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#2 posted 10-18-2008 08:37 AM

And an additional use for your intricate Lazy Susan is when you’re tired of your guests, just spin it around a few times and make them look at it. They’ll be so dizzy afterwards you can push them out the door!

Very nice work, as usual. I still like your stacked cubed design the best of all. I am also impressed by your pedal run band saw. I’d love to hook mine up to a bicycle and be able to control the saw without electricity and the noise that comes from running it. I need to figure out how to pedal the vacuum to work too. Keep up the good work and thank you for sharing.

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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#3 posted 10-24-2008 01:01 AM

The walnut table is my favorite!!! Gorgeous.

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#4 posted 10-30-2008 06:40 PM

some day… I’m going to make a simple quilt pattern… really.. I am going to try it—every time I see one of your pieces I tell myself that.

Absolutely amazing, the design that you create with the wood grain. Awesome

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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