Finishing Pyramids

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Project by Jim Jakosh posted 11-07-2014 03:14 AM 3367 views 15 times favorited 41 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Today I brought home a bunch of old boards because I can’t say no to free wood. I had this one board that was rough and supposed to be white oak. After one pass through the jointer, it turned out to be maple and I always wanted some of these finishing cones as Rockler calls them so I cut this board into as many as I could get. I got 22 of the square based ones and as a bonus I got 20 of the triangular ones out of the scrap…. enough for me and 2 of my friends. I had been using scrap boards with nails in them like in photos 4 and they worked okay but these are “cool”. I put them to use right away on a current project!!

Being the size they are, they are pretty light and need some anti skid material on the bottoms-maybe a little 100 grit paper!!

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#1 posted 11-07-2014 03:28 AM

What method did you use to cut such nice pyramids?

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA ………….. one can never be too organized

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#2 posted 11-07-2014 04:13 AM

Hi Alex. After I straight lined the board on the jointer, I set the table saw at 30 degrees and cut off one side. then I flipped the board around and cut the other side at 30 degrees to make point at the top of this equilateral triangle. Then I cut it into the square based pyramids by putting the base against the fence of the miter saw and cutting 30 degrees the left and then 30 degrees to the right making the pyramids. In between each piece was the triangular based pyramid of scrap. I used a stop point for each cut to make them the same length and thus the same height.


-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#3 posted 11-07-2014 04:19 AM

”scrap boards with nails”
Yup! That’s what I use. Steve Good has a version of these on his blog I’ve been thinking of making. How are yours cut, Jim? Any finish on them? Thanks for sharing.

-- God bless, Candy

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#4 posted 11-07-2014 04:28 AM

They are cool Jim, but I have to say I use the nail system myself. I never understood someone going out and buying these, but maybe they are not set up for it.

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

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#5 posted 11-07-2014 05:14 AM

What a great idea!!!!! Thanks for posting that Jim.

I have a heap of thin rubber…...roughly 1/8inch so that might be ideal as a non skid base?


-- Cliff Australia : Snoring is good. It blows away all the Sawdust.

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#6 posted 11-07-2014 06:20 AM

Thanks for reigniting my Christmas gift mentality with these!

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#7 posted 11-07-2014 06:33 AM


Very Good

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:

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#8 posted 11-07-2014 06:37 AM

Great idea Jim, a bit more efficient that balancing on top of a jar.

Just might have to make some of them myself.


-- Bob, Western Australia, The Sun came up this morning, what a great start to the day. Now it's up to me to make it even better. I've cut this piece of wood 4 times and it's still too damn short.

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#9 posted 11-07-2014 07:05 AM

Jim—- Good explanation. I think even I could do it now. Some old mouse pads stuck on the bottoms with contact cement would be good. Also, Drilling shallow holes in the sides might make it easier to pickup. What do you think?

How thick was the board to start? I wonder if scrap 2 X 4 would work or do you think thicker?

Now Iʻve got to go look for some suitable scrap to make me some.

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA ………….. one can never be too organized

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#10 posted 11-07-2014 09:15 AM

These look real handy Jim. You did a great job cutting them. I have seen these before, but your project is inspiring me to cut some of these for myself. I use a lazy Suzan with nail boards to hold the workpieces for me while i spray my small projects. The nails are ok, but not as flexible as these little pyramids. The sandpaper idea sounds good.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#11 posted 11-07-2014 09:33 AM

Jim, your description of how you cut these reminded me of cutting bevelled get for upholstered chairs. I had about 200 or so to do. I kind of zoned out and while pushing a board towards a 16” saw blade I noticed my hand was firmly in the path. The good news is I did notice. Be safe my friend and that is a good job of repurposing free wood.

Not sure why my “selfie” is upside down. I tried repeatedly to correct it.


-- jstegall

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#12 posted 11-07-2014 01:58 PM

Great project! Ditto on the old mouse pad glued to the bottom, makes wonderful anti-skid pads for them!

-- Dennis, WV

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#13 posted 11-07-2014 02:17 PM

I have to make some soon as you say boards with nails just look too ugly .
Thanks for explaining your cutting process .
For the bottom I will use some anti slip sanding mat pieces and like Alex says a couple of dimples or just a groove should make them easy to pick up .
Now how about a storage solution ?


-- Kiefer

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#14 posted 11-07-2014 02:29 PM

Wow Jim, that took some time. Like them!!!

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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#15 posted 11-07-2014 03:09 PM

I made some similar to these and they are more work than going and spending the relatively cheap price for the commercially available plastic ones, BUT, more satisfactory making your own. Good Job!

-- Respect your shop tools and they will respect you - Ric

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