how to starburst #1: starburst tutorial - " degoose knows " follow up

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Blog entry by patron posted 05-26-2009 10:55 AM 3405 reads 23 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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.start by laying out the star you want , must be in EVEN numbers

.rip all lumber to same width as many colors you want

.crosscut half of all parts

.wedge jig , cut 2 triangles . these are rough dimensions as final piece is recut all around

.i like to leave my tool proceses live if possible , and lay out triangles to see how many more to make,
or if you want to change colors or concentric designs later.






.the lines you want to cut for the “flower” is drawn on one piece .
each concentric layer may want to be different thats why i like to assemble dry an look.
how ever you cut the pieces will make a pattern ,like those telescopes with the glass in them ,
how ever some parts get real busy when turned around next to each other.
you might want to change the pattern/color of in/out arrows to make other designs within the big one.
the piece you mark and cut the first time i use to mark all others ( only the same colored ones )
then put it over other color and align them and cut. the line is reference only , as you want a smooth cut in the bandsaw , not a jaged line . the kerfs wont come together well . NEVER mix parts of a different cut piece , as they wont match .

. i made this holder for this demo , as ive never made pieces this small

.stack all parts inverted with their oposite color mate

.put glue to edge and squege them together for good joint on flat ( can be waxed melamine ) surface so they dont lump thicker

.this was just me drying the glue faster ( parts were so small )

.on sled with stops and some form of hold down cut edge straight , always same edge , all parts . keep square edge as reference
this is the MONEY shot ! make sure your parts come together in a perfect square corner ( putty is expensive )

.crosscut ends to be square , all these are like tiles ,they all must be the same angle and length

.when i glue to base ( good ply ) i put stops as square and work in quadrants . i use liquid epoxy as it dosn’t warp my pieces with the moisture . 2 things to know here , 1; if you slide the parts into place they will pick up some glue in joints its like a border , but you must do it to all joints as it can move parts out of alignment . the line everywhere can look good if it is constant , and the parts stay in alignment ,2; putting the parts to edges then down leaves tight joint with no line .
i allways use a notched spreader 1/16 to keep glue from building and running up through joints

.make this any size you like !
rules of the road , length of piece is determined by angle and width of part .
angle is by how many facets you want ( always even numbers as you don’t want to close the circle and have 2 left shoes together .
the design is sensitive to clunky parts ,as many are reversed and join up looking weird .
ive stuck with 2 woods as the action gets fierce with so much going on .
the more cuts to the wedge also makes them busy.
well that’s about it for today , enjoy !
i hope this is clear enough , if not just call .
p.s. by the time you read this degoose will probably have 4 made as he helped me at 2:30 a.m. to get this to you !
and gary , thanks again for your help with the pics.



-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#1 posted 05-26-2009 11:00 AM

That time it worked ..

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#2 posted 05-26-2009 11:01 AM

Very cool indeed.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#3 posted 05-26-2009 11:11 AM

I understand most of the parts but would appreciate some more details on the bandsaw jig and what you do in the microwave. is this for drying the pieces faster?

-- The woods are lovely, dark and deep, but I have promises to keep...

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#4 posted 05-26-2009 01:49 PM

ok! my wife spent all previous evening trying to figure out how this was done. she came up with some interesting ideas that could be easily preformed on 1m wide bandsaw or on tablesaw with 1mm kerf blade :-)

so, the big question – how did you make it in two days????? there must be over 100 triangles in this table, and each one has to be cut, re gut, glued, reglued, reglued….. just writing this 100 times takes me over two days!

Thanks for the blog! its great to see how this is done – might try it on small scale first :-)

-- The woods are lovely, dark and deep, but I have promises to keep...

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#5 posted 05-26-2009 01:59 PM

Looking forward to more. Thanks for this post

-- If at first you don't succeed...Don't try skydiving

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#6 posted 05-26-2009 04:51 PM

So it is as much work as I thought. You figured the post method too. You are a good problem solver. Thanks for the instructions, very helpful.

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#7 posted 05-26-2009 04:52 PM

moshel ;
if you ever worked in a production shop , the amount of parts to make 50 to 100 cab doors and panel parts is stagering and keeping them all sorted , setting up the tools for uniform shoulder and tenon cuts , and making sure the crowns are all the same in panel and stile/rails and the grain is aligned for chip out in raised panels , so the raised panel bit doesnt chip them out This is all parts .
then if you want to book match all panel parts and clean run on drawer fronts , well it can drive you nuts . and the parts are stacked everywhere , and some other guy needs the space to do his job too !
all while the boss is screaming about how he promised the job last week !
ill take the simple starburst over that . there is limited number of proceses and regardless of the amount of pieces ,
its like putting nuts on bolts . if i screw up one side of inlay i can turn it over and use it in other direction , or on border where i can cut off the bad stuff.
i thought of making production tables , with same design top , the real work is in the frame and legs !
but hey i thought of making toothpicks to but some guy made a machine to do it while he sleeps !
then there are those cnn disc driven machines that never stop and can make doors or propelers and don’t need a day off just more wood ! train loads of the stuff !
at least in my world i can rest while the glue dries !
best to you and the wife , were not done yet however…..........

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#8 posted 05-26-2009 09:46 PM

Thanks David! Its on my to do list but I’m sure I will have to ask many questions.

-- spanky46 -- Never enough clamps...Never enough tools...Never enough time.

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#9 posted 05-26-2009 10:00 PM

Hey David
This is one cool blog, very good details and photos . so impressive. Great job Bud look forward to more. after this one how about a blog on that tooth pick thing LOL


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#10 posted 05-26-2009 10:16 PM

im still looking for the perfect log to start from !
i know you got some big trees in oregon ,
keep an eye out for one for me .
my next could be custom inlayed thoothpick , the movie !

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#11 posted 05-26-2009 10:36 PM

Great looking blog. I always like to see how people do things!


-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#12 posted 05-27-2009 04:03 PM

You gotta be into detail. As you well know I wouldn’t have the patience. beautiful demonstration. Be careful of your fingers cutting all those small pieces. Margy

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#13 posted 05-29-2009 12:08 AM

It is nice to see how you created tha beautiful table top , Thanks for sharing the secrets : )

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#14 posted 06-09-2009 01:47 AM

Wow, I missed this post also. I am going to watch this one as it materializes.

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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