Oh My Stars! (Or are they snowflakes?)

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Project by Timzwoodz posted 07-16-2019 01:57 AM 777 views 1 time favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Good Day LJs,

Its time to replenish my fall craft show inventory, so I decided to explore the world of snowflakes.

I used soft maple and Spanish cedar leftover from a previous project. I built a small sled to cut the 6 parallelogram sticks from the wide stock at 30 degrees, checking the sawblade angle frequently with a digital angle guide (Wixey).

For the decorative cuts on each stick, I set the tablesaw blade to various depths and distances away from the fence. I glued the sticks together, alternating the maple and cedar to make a long 6-point blank.

In previous builds, I had used the miter saw to cut the flakes from the blank, but was losing a lot of product due to the saw blade’s width.

I finally figured out how to “safely” use my bandsaw to slice them, using a 1/4” thick plywood base to make a zero-clearance base for the bandsaw blade. This way the flakes slide though on a solid surface and do not get jammed in the gap surrounding the blade as the blank is pushed through using 2×4 push blocks.

All told, about 200 snowflakes were born in a long afternoon, but it was well worth the time and effort.

-- Being half Irish and half Scottish, I love to drink but hate to pay for it

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#1 posted 07-16-2019 01:18 PM

Show us more!!!! Great project. Well done sir. How about a few photos of the process/blanks/etc? Maybe eve a blog!

-- Dennis, WV

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#2 posted 07-16-2019 02:38 PM

They are beautiful!

-- Jolien Brebels, Belgium,

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#4 posted 07-16-2019 09:43 PM

Very nice, these have been on my bucket list for awhile.

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

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#5 posted 07-16-2019 11:29 PM

Very nice!

I have to ask, how do you sand all those things without losing your mind?

-- Steven.......Random Orbital Nailer

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#6 posted 07-17-2019 01:24 AM

Dennis in WV: Great round I’ll do a photo log of the process…it was a learning experience!

Jolien in Brussels: Thanks You…you have a very nice web site, I’ll be subscribing soon…some very nice projects that would do well here

Claude / Jeff..thank you, appreciate your comments

Dark Lightning: I am thankful to have a benchtop belt sander to do all that sanding; I also only sand to 120/150 grit and apply a neutral stain ..I like these to slightly rustic

-- Being half Irish and half Scottish, I love to drink but hate to pay for it

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#7 posted 07-17-2019 01:48 AM

If people buy ‘em that’s what counts. I can’t imagine having to sand those all by hand! I made a bunch of “field easels” for a painting class at the local senior center. The sanding and finishing (2 coats of blond shellac) was about 95% of the work. If I ever do it again, they will be unfinished. They’re going to slop paint all over ‘em anyway, right?

-- Steven.......Random Orbital Nailer

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