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Project by BertFlores58 posted 07-23-2012 03:42 AM 2392 views 1 time favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

From Narra parquets recycled from flooring, I decided to make a mosaic of different triangles made from squares. The parquets were 2×6 inches at 3/8” thick. Here are some of the tips in doing the construction:

The Mosaic Construction.
At first, I glued pairs of 2×6 parquets forming a 4×6. Cut a square of 2×2 and glued the pairs end to side, then join the 4×6 to form the required design. The purpose is to cover the ends by the sides creating greater strength and avoiding tear out. However, there is an absolute difficulty in planing because the grain paterns are interlaced with each other. I made two boards from about 12 pieces of 2×4 parquets per board. Be sure to select the grain orientation and color to make contrast during the glue up. Sanding comes handy using my portable grinder that is adjustable speed.

The EZ MITRE Method.
Martyn being the one who introduced this method, it is always a challenge to me to do it his way. The technique goes with cutting a 45 degree bevel using a router where the line folds will connect. Actually, it is more harder to be acquainted using a miter saw. TIP: The board must be perfectly flat and has perfect thickness all around. I use a portable router with a guide. The depth of cut is all the way through. I don’t want to make two passes in doing this…. however route it slowly for less feed. I don’t have a plan to make a clampshell hinge on this one.

The Base and Sides.
It is an ordinary construction using a pinned joint. The sides were 4 pieces of 2×4 joined end to end. I could not miter it because the parquet is 1/4” shorter based on the required dimension. Therefore the only way is to join the ends to the side of the other. The use of bamboo chopstick as dowels are good enough and is stronger too as I have done this before. After making the sides, I attached this to the baseboard. Fit tested first to the lidside if it will go through. So the box is complete with both lid and base.

Here is one example of a pinned box joint using only bamboo chopsticks… looks good too with strength.

The Candle Holders.
Using the 2×2x3 inches of scraps that are just lying on my recycle bin. I take fostner bit 2 inches diameter (the one for drilling doorknobs) to drill the hole but not through. I leave about 3/16” as the bottom floor. I use only electric portable drill rather than a drill press. I also cut manually using a back saw to make the square…. some sort of exercise. Eight pieces of them 2-1/2 square pieces with a hole to a depth of 1 inch. Four in each layer (2 layers total) fits the box. Sand them and coat them with sanding sealer and lacquer flo. I put a lot of lacquer flo and that was the reason why the pieces was so dark.

The idea is to make these candle holders as also containers for beads and buttons that Mommy is using in her sewing hobby. I may give it to her if she likes it. On the other hand, my first taught was the contest of making a picnic piece…. why not … a romantic dinner for the family with 8 candles to light each plate.

So there it is… the mitered box with 8 candles boxes in it. Thanks to Martyn for encouraging me on trying the hardway of an EZ mitre method… LOL. True is—- Martyn has an accuracy of the router table and with his left hand while Bert has the accuracy of a portable router and his right hand.

Thanks for reading and hope you learn something and a grin in your face.
God Bless,

-- Bert

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#1 posted 07-23-2012 03:46 AM

Very Nice Bert.

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#2 posted 07-23-2012 06:16 AM

looks great from here!

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#3 posted 07-23-2012 06:33 AM

Well done, just well done. Not only a nice box but a piece of Art also.


-- It is always the right time, to do the right thing.

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#4 posted 07-23-2012 08:24 AM

very well done. If you’re using a hand drill with that big of forstner bit, I am not arm wrestling you either!

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#5 posted 07-23-2012 11:34 AM

Nice one Bert.

-- And my head I'd be a scratchin'

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#6 posted 07-23-2012 02:11 PM

Well done, Bert. I knew you could do it.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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#7 posted 07-23-2012 09:00 PM

Thanks to all.

Martyn, Honestly it was not as perfect as you have done it. You can see the edges of the baseboard, I cut it a little bit bigger to accomodate a 1 mm error of the fitness of the lid. But I can rotate the lid already and can cover at any position… user friendly as a target.

Monte, Making the hole is difficult at first, I sharpened the fostner bit and use electric drill. But it comes easy when I use a smaller bit first and making some recess without destroying the circumference and center part. The key is you have to clamp the piece in a strong vise. One time, I had nailed it on all sides to my workbench. Maybe, on hardwood, my circle jig will do it with a router… I try it next time but I doubt because the workpiece is so small to hold it and my router is so strong that it will destroy the jig. Thanks.

Paul, I am following up on your Marie’s table and I am amazed with how you correct those error. That will add to my knowledge specially in plugging those nailholes you can see in my work due to recycled wood I used. Thanks.

-- Bert

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#8 posted 09-14-2012 06:23 AM

That seems like a lot of work went into making that parquet flooring. At least the result turned out really well. I also liked how you use the wood for other things like the candle holder. Please show us more of your other creations if you ever went ahead and made more.

-- Victor Sanders -

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