icoastergons #1: making some simple gifts

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Blog entry by jamsomito posted 03-10-2021 03:27 PM 376 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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The next project needed to be something simple. I’m finding that I’m at a point in life where I don’t have the time or patience that I used to, so what better solution than making some simple face-grain coasters! There was one criteria as explained below.

A couple years ago my dad got me an Incra Miter 1000HD as a gift. We were both commenting on the quick-reference guide on the top of the angle plate that gave common angles for frames. Well, one of them was a 20-sided polygon and I promised him I’d making him a 20-sided “something” in return for the most amazing gift. Well… I was at a complete loss of anything practical to make that had 20 sides, so I figured I’d just make a flat 20-sided polygon, and coasters were a perfect fit.

I started by making some hexagons. Someday I’d like to make a Settlers of Catan board, but back to my original comment – ain’t nobody got time fo dat right now. Still, I figured my boys would like enough of these to play around with. They can make roads for their trucks, make designs, and just see how the tessellation fits together. I also need a project for Christmas gifts for next year… It seems every year I tell myself I’m going to start earlier, like November or October, or September even. But life always gets in the way and I end up starting in December and rushing through it and trying to find a finish that goes on easy in one coat and dries in an hour… you know how it goes. So while I’m at it – coasters for everyone this year! haha

Took some 3/4 stock off the rack, resawed at the bandsaw, planed down to a little over a quarter inch.

Then I cut perfect squares as a base for my polygon making.

When I started making the hexagons I realized it wasn’t exactly mindless! I ended up with some less-than-regular hexagons until I figured out the right way to rotate my squares in between each cut. Turns out my brain fart didn’t realize the length point to point was different from face to face, and how you set up on the miter bar / stop block mattered. But in the end we got there and made quite a few.

I ended up getting shot in the finger by an off-cut that vibrated into the blade. Still healing up. Made a thread about it here:

Be safe out there! I’ll explain the “icoastergons” name in the next one :)

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