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Project by SPalm posted 10-30-2007 07:57 PM 6294 views 41 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A simple project that is just in time for the holidays. The idea was taken from an article in FWW many years ago. They made a huge hit. I ended up with so many that we were tying them to the bow on presents. I still had so many that I made mobiles out of them. Now all I could find was this small collection of cast offs and one lowly stick, so I drew the stick assembly in CAD.

To start, select a clear grained board about 6 to 10 inches wide and about 3/4 inches thick. I used basswood. Tilt the TS blade to 30 degrees. Crosscut the board to end up with parallelograms where all four sides are equal. (Don’t rip as you want the flakes to be long grain.) You will know you get the stop block or fence set to achieve the perfect size when the cut off piece can be flipped and then placed long grain next to the original board’s end grain and they are the same height. When this is set, crosscut away. You need 6 per flake.

At the router table, use a variety of bits to route grooves in the sticks. You just need to do the same groove on both sides, so that’s 12 grooves per bit set up. I marked the inside and outside of the end of each stick to keep it straight. Raise and lower the bits, move the fence, use combinations and bits you always wondered what you were going use that for. Cove and Vbit were the most used. I made an angled sled pressed against the fence to help hold them.

Apply a thin even coat of yellow glue to the inside edges. Glue the sticks together and clamp the bundle with masking tape. When dry, cross cut them on the bandsaw. I used another sled here to help hold it. Drill a small hole and insert a loop of fishing line.

For the mobile hangers I turned half inch wide by eighth inch thick rings of various sizes, say 4 to 10 inches, and even suspended one inside another. I found it easiest to use one long piece of line and sewed it up and down through the flake then the hanger then the next flake, etc. Now you only have to tie one knot and you can adjust the flakes to be different heights.

If you have any kids in the house, this is cool:


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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Thos. Angle

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#1 posted 10-30-2007 08:09 PM

Ok, Steve, you sold my wife on the idea!!! Maybe sell them at the Christmas bazaar, huh?

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#2 posted 10-30-2007 08:13 PM

easy, hard, easy, hard,,,,,,,,,
looks difficult!

that site is really cool

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

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#3 posted 10-30-2007 09:44 PM

Thanks for sharing! These are neat.

-- Branden - Sacramento, California -

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#4 posted 10-30-2007 10:01 PM

Thomas, I bet they would sell like hotcakes. Everyone wanted me to sell them.

MsDeb, Kind of inbetween. Once you get going and figure it out, they really start flying out all over. Did you notice at that website that you are supposed to Report Offensive Snowflakes? Yikes.

Branden, thanks.

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#5 posted 10-31-2007 03:51 AM

These are terrific. Sadly, I found that site more than a year ago and have a few flakes buried on it somewhere. Also sadly, the thought never occured to me to do something wonderful like this. Very creative thinking.

-- Better to say nothing and be thought the fool... then to speak and erase all doubt!

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#6 posted 10-31-2007 03:16 PM

Neat idea!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#7 posted 10-31-2007 09:43 PM

Cool ideas all around.

-- Carpe Lignum; Tornare Lignum (Seize the wood, to Turn the wood)

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#8 posted 11-03-2007 02:31 AM

very nice ... 6 point s !!!

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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Olaf Gradin

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#9 posted 01-17-2008 05:31 PM

Those are awesome! Looks like a good craft project for scraps.

-- It takes a viking to raze a village. &mdash Blog'r:

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#10 posted 01-17-2008 07:44 PM

Nice stuff.

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#11 posted 01-17-2008 07:57 PM

Thanks guys.

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#12 posted 04-21-2009 06:29 PM

I did a bunch of these a while back, aren’t they fun

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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#13 posted 12-07-2009 04:05 PM

I Favorted this project a LONG time ago and finally tried it. My first attempt it pretty simple and still a bit rough. Mine are also some what fragile. Tiny end grain glues joints. No way around it I guess.

-- Wipe the blood stains from your blade before coming in.--

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#14 posted 12-07-2009 04:35 PM

Ho Ho.

I had forgotten this. Yours looks great. Nice photo too.

But those are really long grain glue joints, the face of the flake is endgrain. I had built a little jig that would hold them for sanding. Basically a board with thin triangles (cutoffs) glued to it, and then used my ROS and 220 grit.

Thanks for the smile,

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#15 posted 12-07-2009 08:14 PM

I’m confused. “Crosscut the board to end up with parallelograms where all four sides are equal. (Don’t rip as you want the flakes to be long grain.” I initially thought of ripping the board to create the parallelograms but it appeared that your instructions were to cross cut. Wouldn’t this give you end grain glue joints. I assumed you wanted face grain flake faces so each pedal would be stronger. Wouldn’t you have to rip the board to get endgrain flake faces?

-- Wipe the blood stains from your blade before coming in.--

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