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Project by Blake posted 01-06-2011 05:17 AM 2840 views 10 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was my main Christmas present to all of my family and friends this year. I made 27 of them. I wish I took photos in the middle of building them but I forgot.

Here is how I made them:

  • Start out by cutting six 2” by 2” Maple strips, each about 2 or 3 feet long.
  • Angle the table saw blade to 15 degrees and rip them into long diamond-shaped strips.
  • Take each long diamond strip and run it over the router table to create interesting grooves along each side of each strip.
  • Glue up the strips with lots of rubber bands and tape to make one VERY long snowflake.
  • When the glue dries chop set a stop block on your miter saw and carefully chop off the individual snowflakes (you must have a very sharp and fine-toothed blade to avoid catastrophe since each arm is unsupported)
  • Gently knock the splinters off the edges with a flap sander.
  • Drill a hole in the top of each snowflake so it can hang correctly from a string.
  • Hold each snowflake on a wide belt sander and rock in a circular motion to create the “pillow” shape.
  • Hang all snowflakes in a row on a wire and spray with Shellac.
  • Attach string or ribbon, hang from Christmas tree, enjoy.

-- Happy woodworking!

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#1 posted 01-06-2011 07:22 AM

I used to make these by the hundreds when I was in high school. We sold them for a fundraiser for a homeless outreach. I got the plan from an old issue of American Woodworker, or Popular Woodworking. One way to jazz them up is to use different hardwoods, for contrast.

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#2 posted 01-06-2011 07:55 AM


-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#3 posted 01-06-2011 12:16 PM

Nice, you are such a nice guy, lucky family.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#4 posted 01-06-2011 03:01 PM

Cool. Those are fun. I made a bunch many years ago and they were a big hit.
I sliced them with a bandsaw sled.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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