Hexagon organizer

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Project by Fchilly posted 04-16-2018 07:19 PM 1958 views 3 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My sister wanted this for her desk at work. The glue up and clamping was a fun challenge! It was meant to hold pencils and other small stationary.

The wood is something I’m having trouble finding information about. Carrilion(sp?) birch burl veneer on maple. It’s a pretty wood in person, lots of chatoyance.

Dimensions: 6.3 inches tall, 5.5 inches deep.

Thanks for reading!

-- Fchilly

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#1 posted 04-16-2018 09:03 PM

That’s pretty neat!

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#2 posted 04-17-2018 03:06 AM

Interesting and unique piece of work.

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#3 posted 04-17-2018 11:40 AM


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#4 posted 04-17-2018 04:23 PM

Nice work. I made some similar shelves for my boys’ bedroom, but there was a lot of wood filler used to make up the gaps! Paint hides all:)

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#5 posted 04-17-2018 10:20 PM

Fchilly, this is a great project. What a beautiful form from really beautiful wood. It must have taken a good deal of thought and planning to work out the angles and joinery especially on the inside joints. I would love to see some pictures about how this was made and glued together. That would be a great addition on this site.

I looked through your projects. You have a great sense of style and a wide variety of projects posted. Pet bowls to slab tables with Duchmans to workbench designs. Great work on your part. Thanks for sharing. Keep crafting and keep posting.

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#6 posted 04-17-2018 11:20 PM

wow those angles must have been a challenge. Nice project!

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#7 posted 04-18-2018 10:49 AM

Quite nice looking organizer. I bet glueing was the ’’funniest’’ part.

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#8 posted 04-21-2018 06:18 PM

Thank you everyone for the kind comments! As a novice, any reinforcement will be graciously accepted.

This project started with a refresher course in geometry. Once my angles were figured out I drew it by hand on paper as a rough draft then transfered that to autocad for an accurate cutlist.

I cut a test joint on my tablesaw to check for any issues. Once it was perfect I used it to make a clamping jig. I glued this organizer one joint at a time. Don’t forget to lay down some teflon tape or something that glue doesnt stick to. This jig worked for all joints except for the lower/middle/horizontal surface. This I saved for last in order to be sure that the organizer sits flat on a surface when both lower hexagons are joined.

-- Fchilly

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#9 posted 04-24-2018 09:44 AM

30 degree angles?

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#10 posted 04-25-2018 07:06 AM


Correct, 30 degree cuts. There will be at least one more of these, i’ll take some build process photos next time.

-- Fchilly

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#11 posted 04-28-2018 03:37 AM

Looks great. The veneer is Karelian birch a subspecies of silver birch. Comes from Karelia region in Finland.

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#12 posted 04-28-2018 07:13 AM


Thank you for sharing! I was unable to find that information on my own. It came from my sister’s coworker who managed the manufacturing area of very high end Yacht interior cabinets. He retired before I got to meet him. I’m fascinated by the back story of wood I use on any project. This was the only mysterious material I had used. Once again, thanks!

-- Fchilly

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