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The Hexagon Experiment

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Project by splintergroup posted 12-21-2020 03:46 PM 846 views 4 times favorited 26 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This all started with the Yonico router bit forum discussion of late. I have six of these bits and several I had not used yet. I had wanted to try a birds mouth bit for some time and my Yonico bit is one of the untested.

I was going to make a simple hexagon ring.

On the router table it went and I plucked a 18”x4”x1/2” piece of curly maple from a stack I had bought from Cooks Woods some time ago when they were on sale and shipping was free. The figure was only so-so, perfect fodder for an untested router bit.

Setup was easy enough but the bit was wayyyyy out of balance. The cuts would have to be done posthaste to preserve my sanity and the routers main bearing.

Cut was surprisingly smooth given the vibrations!

The stock was cut into six parts and glued up. I measured flat-to-flat during the clampup to keep all the angles correct.
It is nice to not have to worry about the corners slipping around while I tweaked the alignment.

Birds mouth test was a success!

Now what to do with the hex ring?

Pimp it out!

This was all done over a few days and about 100 30 degree miter cuts.

From the intro photos you can see the so-so maple side panels with jatoba accents on the vertices and the jatoba top and base rings.

Feet are also jatoba (three feet). The lid is made from three layers of jatoba hexagons, each made with three parallelograms.

The box interior has a brass pinned top ring

and leather covered bottom from the retired comfy chair.

A cherry inner ring supports the apricot tray which was a project in of itself.

The little brass finial is some kind of stud, maybe from an old equipment cover retainer (like a speaker grill is sometimes attached to the speaker).

I tried to make it blow-out proof with grooves to lock it all together

Thanks for looking!





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#1 posted 12-21-2020 04:43 PM

Splint, you have really outdone yourself. Superbe!

-- Art

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#2 posted 12-21-2020 05:04 PM

My back hurts!

Thanks Art!

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#3 posted 12-21-2020 05:15 PM

This experiment is a success!!!
Great work and full of cool features. The tray is outstanding especially with the leather lining.
Great venture into the unknown and hope to see more experimentation cause you’re great at it. Did you finish the interiors of the box and tray before the assembly on this one too?
Can’t wait to see the next one.

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#4 posted 12-21-2020 05:31 PM

Mitres for days! The brass pins is a nice, unexpected detail. You are so frugal, recycling parts, like leather chairs. But what I appreciate the most here, are the grooves to hold fast the sides of the tray; that tray is something special.

-- WWBBJ: It is better to be interesting and wrong, than boring and right.

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#5 posted 12-21-2020 07:14 PM

That is way too neat splinter... I’ve seen many inspirational box designs here at LJ… far too many to comment individually, but the geometry of this project stuck out like canine spherules!

Your build seems to be inspired by ”my Yonico bit is one of the untested”... but my reading and comment was inspired by ”try a birds mouth bit” (quack, quack)!

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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#6 posted 12-21-2020 10:39 PM

Nice experiment, Splint! Keep up the good work!

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#7 posted 12-21-2020 11:12 PM

Great job!! I have used that bit, but progect turned out very defferent. I will be trying again next year.

-- Joel, People ask what I make. I tell them I make sawdust, and now and then a nice box or frame,or clock, or lamp pops out.

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#8 posted 12-22-2020 03:09 AM

Wow, very nice!

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

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#9 posted 12-22-2020 04:45 AM

Fantastic work. The attention to detail is just WOW!!

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#10 posted 12-22-2020 10:55 AM

That is exceptional!

-- Petey

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#11 posted 12-22-2020 01:20 PM

Beautiful Box, you’re craftsmanship is top notch. Congrats!!!

-- Dennis Zongker

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#12 posted 12-22-2020 01:47 PM

Agree the experiment was a great success. That is a wonderful box!

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

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#13 posted 12-22-2020 02:30 PM



This experiment is a success!!!
Great work and full of cool features. The tray is outstanding especially with the leather lining.
Great venture into the unknown and hope to see more experimentation cause you re great at it. Did you finish the interiors of the box and tray before the assembly on this one too?
Can t wait to see the next one.

- MrWolfe

Al,
thanks buddy, sometimes thinks turn out functional 8^)
I just amber-shellacked this box since I didn’t want to wait for it to dry. The inside was finished after the hexagon went together but before the base went on. I left a 1” zone around the lower half so I could glue in the tray supports. These supports were cut/fit , then finished before gluing in.
The tray was assembled before finishing with a few wipes of the bug juice. A thin wash coat then wax. There is no easy way to make it “nice” given all the narrow corners without a prefinish but that really complicates the build.

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#14 posted 12-22-2020 02:36 PM



Mitres for days! The brass pins is a nice, unexpected detail. You are so frugal, recycling parts, like leather chairs. But what I appreciate the most here, are the grooves to hold fast the sides of the tray; that tray is something special.

- wildwoodbybrianjohns

Glad you checked in Brian 8^)
Yep, hard to toss anything “useful” these days, perhaps somewhere down the line I’ll hammer old transmission gears into something for effect…
I hated the tray, I wanted it to stay together but not use thick stuff (spokes are 1/8”, border is 1/4”). Simple butt joints would be fast, but only hold together until it was dropped.

Perhaps LBD’s laser and just blast the thing whole, directly from the tree?

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#15 posted 12-22-2020 02:41 PM

I love it when an exceptionally mad scientist goes into the lab and tries something new…and even better when he uses some madcap invention to facilitate his creation. Add a bolt of lightening… Way to go Splintergroup! It’s alive!

Beautiful box, wonderful detail and a great example of the design as you go creative process. I love the pins and how the inner tray has small dados in the radial dividers to lock in the sides. Even under the lid, with the 3d cube effect shows special thought. Wonderful detail. This box was one epiphany after the other, wasn’t it? You once mentioned my “releasing the Kraken” in one of my former projects. Your Kraken could whip mine any day! ; )

-- Live to putter...putter to live!

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