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Project by Grumpy posted 07-11-2019 02:14 AM 1290 views 0 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

These two fractal burn projects needed a frame as they were done on plywood.
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I thought an easy way would be to run a groove through some dowel on the table saw.
All I needed was a short pin (dowel) just behind the blade on the sacrificial insert. That kept the groove straight.
With the dowel up against the fence & a featherboard the job was an easy one.
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I think the result was ok
Thanks for looking

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python





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#1 posted 07-11-2019 03:07 AM

Nice looking work and nice move with the dowels too!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#2 posted 07-11-2019 03:18 AM

I see you’ve got that Fractal wood burner working a treat.
Great idea with the dowel frame.
Nice one Tony
Regards
Anthony

-- There is no hope for any of us if we keep apologizing for telling the truth.

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#3 posted 07-11-2019 03:29 AM

Thanks Tony

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#4 posted 07-11-2019 03:30 AM

Yes Anthony, the burner works well, thanks.

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#5 posted 07-11-2019 07:19 AM

Some more nice burning Tony, great idea with the dowell frame.

-- RIP Bob C, Australia. Your best teacher is your last mistake.

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#6 posted 07-11-2019 07:24 AM

Thanks Bob.

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#7 posted 07-11-2019 11:23 AM

I like that idea of the dowel. I’ll have to keep that in mind in the future.Nice job Tony.

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

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#8 posted 07-11-2019 11:49 AM

A dowel frame. How creative. I like it!

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way that says "I meant to do that".

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#9 posted 07-12-2019 01:40 AM

Thanks Dave & Jeff.

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#10 posted 07-12-2019 03:06 AM

Those are very cool frames…sure save a lot of routing to get the shape! i like the fractal patterns, too.

Cheers, Jim

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

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#11 posted 07-12-2019 08:28 PM

Very creative Grumpy, cool idea on the dowel, plus the burner makes unique art.
To mill the dowel did you attach it to a straight piece of wood to keep it from turning?

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#12 posted 07-12-2019 10:28 PM

Thanks Jim, yes all you need is a groove, all the rest is done.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#13 posted 07-12-2019 10:31 PM

Jim, I used a featherboard to hold it against the fence & I inserted a short dowel directly behind the dado blades, that stopped the twisting.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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