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Project by jamsomito posted 03-12-2021 05:49 PM 879 views 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My dad got me an Incra Miter 1000HD as a very generous gift a couple years back. As we were opening it and admiring it together, we also joked about the quick-reference label on the angle plate. 6 sides, 8 sides, sure… 20 sides? Who needs that? lol. So I promised him I’d make him a 20-sided something-or-other in exchange for the miter bar. It was time to fill that promise.

At a complete loss of anything else 20-sided to make, I decided to do some coasters. Little did I know it would set up the perfect dad-joke to go along with it. A 20-sided polygon is known as a 20-gon or an icosagon. And so, it occurred to me half-way through the project that these would henceforth be known as i-coaster-gons. Heh. (I’m a dad too)

A few highlights are below, but I made a couple posts and a few blog entries about this if you’d like to read further. I’m happy with how these turned out, and especially happy with the holder box joinery and the finish. I will definitely be spraying water-based poly again, love how it turned out.

figuring out the process to cut the shape: https://www.lumberjocks.com/topics/313743
got shot in the knuckle: https://www.lumberjocks.com/topics/313650

blog#1: https://www.lumberjocks.com/jamsomito/blog/132275
blog#2: https://www.lumberjocks.com/jamsomito/blog/132276
blog#3 (with extras in the replies): https://www.lumberjocks.com/jamsomito/blog/132277





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woodbutcherbynight

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#1 posted 03-12-2021 07:02 PM

Interesting build

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

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#2 posted 03-12-2021 11:56 PM

Cool project, and that chart takes all the math out of the cuts. The coasters look great too.

-- Eric, building the dream

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#3 posted 03-13-2021 01:19 AM

Great Gift, the Bourbon looks interesting?

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#4 posted 03-13-2021 03:29 AM

Poo yie. Me I got a max 4 cuts for a coaster, and moving on.
That is not criticism of your project just amazement of your patience in creating this project.

-- Upgrayedd - spelled thusly, with two Ds, for a double dose of this pimping.

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jamsomito

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#5 posted 03-13-2021 12:21 PM

Thanks everyone!


Great Gift, the Bourbon looks interesting?

- Andre

It’s good. It was on the more affordable end of the spectrum and was recommended by my local liquor store so I gave it a whirl. Pretty smooth, moderately sweet. I’ll probably get something else next time but I’m far from disappointed.


Poo yie. Me I got a max 4 cuts for a coaster, and moving on.
That is not criticism of your project just amazement of your patience in creating this project.

- Upgrayedd

Haha, thanks. I agree for some coasters these took some thinking. But this project wasn’t really about the coasters :)

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#6 posted 03-13-2021 02:31 PM

Nice project and good story. Reminds me of calculus (which I don’t know – so don’t you geeks get excited) and the squaring of the circle problem. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Squaring_the_circle -A task proved impossible until Incra.

-- Pax - Maryland

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#7 posted 03-13-2021 02:39 PM



Nice project and good story. Reminds me of calculus (which I don t know – so don t you geeks get excited) and the squaring of the circle problem. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Squaring_the_circle -A task proved impossible until Incra.

- PaxJen

Lol, good reference. Still impossible though as I couldn’t get my initial squares perfectly sized!

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#8 posted 03-13-2021 10:56 PM


Cool project, and that chart takes all the math out of the cuts. The coasters look great too.

- Eric

I agree; great project and a nice gift for your father.

For those of you who don’t have the chart or whatever, just divide 360 by the number of sides you want, then divide that answer by 2.
Example: 6 sides: 360 / 6 = 60; 60 / 2 = 30 so your miter setting for 6 sides is 30 degrees.

Claude

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#9 posted 03-13-2021 11:09 PM

Impressive!

-- Jim, SE PA

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#10 posted 03-16-2021 07:19 PM

This is cool on so many levels. The Dad joke at the top (bottom?) of them all. My oldest is in geometry now which was even funnier when I showed him this post. We make a point to highlight where geometry shows up in our daily lives. He was amused and shaken reading this project description. Thanks for sharing

-- The only thing not measured in my shop is time

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jamsomito

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#11 posted 03-17-2021 01:00 PM



This is cool on so many levels. The Dad joke at the top (bottom?) of them all. My oldest is in geometry now which was even funnier when I showed him this post. We make a point to highlight where geometry shows up in our daily lives. He was amused and shaken reading this project description. Thanks for sharing

- bugradx2

Hah, that’s fantastic.

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