Martyn Inspired Impossible 2nd Try

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Project by lumberdustjohn posted 07-01-2010 04:27 PM 3113 views 7 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hope you like it.

I modified the blocks to be all triangles. I used Maple, Walnut, Cherry and Oak.

Actually made a sled for my table saw to cut these with instead of using the miter saw.
I would cut for a half hour and then dry fit for a half hour.

Three hours later I had enough blocks.

Next was the glue up, and with Debbie’s help other than the first two rows it went well.
Tried to be pay attention to the grain pattern.

Ran it through the drum sander and filled in a few small voids.

Cut it out to a rectangle approx. 12” X 16”
Glued oak ends on and clamped for an hour.

Cut it to size … again through the table saw.

Glued on the other two ends and clamped it tight over night.

Made some 17 inch long legs and kreg screwed it together.

A final sanding before sending it to the finish shop.

Special Thanks to Martyn for the vision.

-- Safety first because someone needs you.

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#1 posted 07-01-2010 04:46 PM

WOW! This is something that stands out as being unique and distinctive and very well done.

Thanks for the detailed commentary on how you did this.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#2 posted 07-01-2010 04:50 PM

that is a grand project…i really like the design…good job…now i dont know about what you do…but where is the finish shop…i know the one i use is just about three feet from the builders shop…lol…......good build

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#3 posted 07-01-2010 04:57 PM

My finish shop is three miles away. They have a spray booth and do lots of furniture.
I don’t have to keep all of the chemicals and different color mixes.
This piece should cost about 15 bucks to finish.

-- Safety first because someone needs you.

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#4 posted 07-01-2010 06:47 PM

Wow – how you got the grain on the stars to make that design. Fantastic. Lots and lots of patience and hard work for sure.

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#5 posted 07-01-2010 06:54 PM

OK, on the one hand its great. On the other hand its evil – my eyes seem to interpret it differently each time I look at it depending upon how much of the pattern I see and what portion of the pattern initially falls into focus – stars or rods or circles. Pretty cool.

-- Greg D.

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#6 posted 07-01-2010 07:59 PM

Sweet. That is some extremely tight saw work. I can just picture the glue up. Yikes!

Good job,

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#7 posted 07-01-2010 08:07 PM

Very sweet take on the original design. I like how the image looks like floating cubes one moment and stars the next, depending on where the eyes focus. The fit looks very tight. Definitely a piece for the living room that will encourage much conversation.

Great Job!


-- There is little that is simple when it comes to making a simple box.

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#8 posted 07-01-2010 08:10 PM

Nice work John. The design looks just right for that style of table.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#9 posted 07-01-2010 09:05 PM

That is very interesting. Brilliant job, lovely piece of furniture with an amazing pattern. Very well done.

Thanks for the mention. You’re welcome.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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#10 posted 07-01-2010 09:24 PM

Wow, super cool. I love the pattern work. Nice job!

-- Got Wood? --- Somewhere along the way the people in Washington forgot that they are there to represent the people, not to rule them.

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#11 posted 07-01-2010 09:49 PM

Please post pics with finish …I just like the way things post when they have a finish…
Nice tight joints.. well done… good idea for a conversation starter in the living room..
Great build on the table too…

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#12 posted 07-01-2010 10:05 PM

That is a great table : )
I would also like to see it with finish on it…I can’t believe that a shop would / could finish it for only $15…

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#13 posted 07-01-2010 10:43 PM

I agree with everyone that this is a great piece. If I only had to pay 15 bucks to get my pieces finished I definitely would. It costs me a lot more in time to finish my pieces.

Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#14 posted 07-02-2010 12:10 AM

Well done all around! Joints are tight and the flow is nice. Look fwd to the finish pics!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#15 posted 07-02-2010 01:24 AM

nice variation , john .

lot’s tighter too .

when i used to send stuff out ,
some of those gus wanted as much ,
as it cost me to build them .

-- 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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