Facets, the Next Logical Step

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Blog series by shipwright updated 01-30-2011 12:02 AM 10 parts 34385 reads 129 comments total

Part 1: How hard can it be to make a Dodecahedron?

12-12-2010 03:37 AM by shipwright | 17 comments »

The next box in the series Oops!, A Llittle Cabinetree, and now Facets is on the build. It had to be started because I’ve been obsessing too much on the finish of Cabinetree and in order to amuse myself between coats I had been so bored I had started making micro plywood and then micro boxes and banding. It had to stop.So the other day I started to think about what the next logical step would be keeping the theme and some of the aspects of the others but going a very different direction...

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Part 2: Planning the Base

12-18-2010 04:19 AM by shipwright | 13 comments »

This entry is, as much as anything, a look into my somewhat chaotic design process. I never commit a design to paper other than a concept sketch as I prefer to design as I go based on the feel I’m getting from the piece. The idea here was to mount this “box” on a tree similar to “Cabinetree”, so the first challenge became finding the angles of the faces where the mounting points will go and planning a structure that will offer those angles and surfaces to fit thi...

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Part 3: Veneering and Marquetry, (What was I thinking?)

12-27-2010 10:35 PM by shipwright | 19 comments »

OK, so we have a box and we have a base. The easy bit is over. On to the scary as hell bit. As I started to contemplate the possible pitfalls in these next steps I really started to wonder if I could carry it off at all without glaring errors that I would be unable to live with. As of this writing that feeling has abated only a little. Oh well if it wasn’t a challenge it wouldn’t be worth the time, would it. Before Starting on the outside the inside veveering has to be done so,...

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Part 4: Dying, Part 1: I don't believe what just happened!

12-30-2010 03:15 AM by shipwright | 14 comments »

This is a “special segment” that I just had to post because I had an amazing emotional roller coaster day in the shop today. After spending my life in woodworking I had something happen in front of my eyes today that I’m still not sure I believe. My task for the day was to have been dying the leaf segments and top pentagon parts and getting the center segment glued up so that tomorrow I could accurately align the other segments to it and get them glued up also.Things were pr...

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Part 5: Alignment and Trimming the Marquetry

01-02-2011 02:51 AM by shipwright | 17 comments »

The dying has been postponed.. As of the events discussed in my last entry, the gluing bacame the priority and the dying will have to be done afterwards, maybe even after assembly. The colors seen here are not necessarily representative of the final look as the green has been “washed out” somewhat and in the case of the center, it has been sanded. This can all be fixed later (I hope). The most critical job left to be done is the alignment and trimming of the veneers, specifical...

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Part 6: Dying the Veneer...... (Again??)

01-03-2011 06:17 AM by shipwright | 9 comments »

God hates a coward, I’ve always said so with only a little experimentation , I decided to dive in and try out a few techniques to dye the assembled glue-up. The worst that could happen, I figured, would be that I’d screw up badly and I could still sand it out…... maybe. Or I suppose it could turn into a potato chip and never return to shape. The latter calamity I have new reason to believe is controllable with the hairdryer, so let’s get to it. I got a late Christma...

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Part 7: Gluing Up the Dodecahedron

01-11-2011 04:27 AM by shipwright | 14 comments »

The original segment here asked “How hard can it be to make a dodecahedron? Well the answer seems to be pretty easy….. but there are lots of ways to make it harder. When I first assembled the MDF pieces off the saw I thought that the fitting part was going to be the easy bit and that the dying and marquetry would be the sticky parts. That remained my belief until the final assembly time arrived and I realized that with the allowable tolerances it was going to be an interesting fit...

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Part 8: Hinge Assembly and a Little Detail.

01-21-2011 03:58 AM by shipwright | 8 comments »

It’s been a while but the project is moving along. I don’t want to spill the near finished photos just yet because the project post should be along soon but here’s an update on some recent fun in the shop. Last entry I had just glued up the halves of the dodecahedron but was having a tad of a challenge getting all the faces to line up before gluing the hinge in place. Well, to make a very long story very short, I finally accomplished that and got to the next scary bitR...

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Part 9: Gold Leaf Accents

01-23-2011 04:20 AM by shipwright | 10 comments »

Back in the entry about planning the base I had decided, after some discussion, to finish the base in black dye accented with gold leaf. I have had this imitation gold leaf kit for about three years now having originally bought it to experiment with when I was carving the name board for my boat. At that time I had applied it to a sign on our gate and left it out in the weather as a test, but never got around to using it on my boat. The areas planned for the gold accent were the fleurs de l...

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Part 10: Finishing Touches and a Few Extra Photos

01-30-2011 12:02 AM by shipwright | 8 comments »

Finally everything is finished except to finish it all. This project, like the last one had special finishing challenges. Because of the dyeing technique, the finished surface couldn’t be sanded as much as one might like to have done prior to applying finish without adversely affecting the dyed areas. To deal with this I used multiple layers of first a quite high build water based polyurethane, followed by several coats of wipe on poly until I was happy. So for several days the regimen ...

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