9pointed star #4

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Project by InsideTheBox posted 10-28-2017 07:35 PM 1446 views 4 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve been on a roll with the 9 pointed stars. Enjoying the geometry that goes into them, as well as choosing multiple colors and designs…
As for how I do them.. well, a circle has 360 degrees, so for 9 points, the magic angle number was 40 degrees. I made lines on the computer and set them at 40 degrees from each other (rotate 40 degrees, copy option… 9 times). Once I had the basic points, I played with connections and lines, and built on each subsequent addition. I use Adobe InDesign, haven’t found the format option I need to download here). I have challenged myself to use only the stock I have on hand. If I could, I would try to figure out a way to do this with jigs, like Jerry would, but… In the meantime, I design the star on my computer, break it up, print it out in pieces (in picture #3 you can see a piece of a printout), cut the pieces on my bandsaw, sand them to accuracy, and glue them up. Gluing is a BEAR!!!! All the angles are whack to each other.
One of my kids remarked that it reminded them of the geometric shapes they used to play with… and yeah, it’s fun, like playing with blocks. Wait—I mean—- I’m not just “having fun” when I’m hanging out in the garage. Yeah…
This was star #4.
In this one I used sapele, walnut, cherry, monkeypod, birch, bradford pear and maple. It’s about 15 inches across.

-- There's no such thing as a mistake; only a quick change of plans.

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#1 posted 10-28-2017 07:46 PM

That is some cool and intricate stuff

-- Schooled in the advanced art of sawdust and woodchip manufacturing.

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#2 posted 10-28-2017 11:48 PM

Very attractive.

-- Gary, Florida

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#3 posted 10-28-2017 11:53 PM

Seeing it, then it makes sense to make. Not seeing it first, then trying to make one could just be a blank stare.
I can see how it could be a good challenge and something different at the same time.

Good job!!


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#4 posted 10-29-2017 09:59 AM

I realy like geometry play here – very demanding project indeed. Stars looks gorgeous.Beautiful combination and use of different woods.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#5 posted 10-29-2017 01:17 PM

This sure is a spectacular eye catcher and will make a wonderful gift for the wall. It would also make a nice clock.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#6 posted 10-29-2017 01:24 PM

I’m with Charles here, my first thought was a clock!

These kind of mosaics are really cool (and tedious to make 8^). A person I know here does something similar with a crop circle theme.

Excellent job on all of them!

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#7 posted 11-20-2017 10:07 AM

very nice

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