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When I saw the recent trefoils project by BanjoBen, I knew right away that I had to try making one myself. Ben kindly helped me out with some of the details.

I made this out of black walnut. The miter keys are maple and padauk. This was lot of fun to make. Since I don't work much in my shop in the winter, it was also the perfect "warm-up" project for the upcoming season.

In Progress

Here are all the pieces cut to size:


Here is how I held the unglued pieces to cut the miter key slot on my table saw:


After the first round of gluing:


After the second round of gluing:


The Confession
Apparently my miters were a bit off in such a way that the errors compounded. When I got to the last joint, it was off by about 3/8". I could have forced it into position, but then the joint would not meet well. Instead, I patched the error as best I could:




Once trimmed and finished, it is not perfect, but not too bad:




Now what?
My family had been asking me what I planned to do with this thing once it was completed. I have a habit of building projects just because it contains some technique or feature that interests me. I came up with some ideas on using the knot:

(1) Can it restrain a hedgehog?






I guess not.

(2) How about a tortoise?



Sigh.

(3) A snake?




Never mind…

Does anyone have any other ideas?

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Very nice. The contrasting/multilayer splines are a nice touch.
 

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And I think it might work better as a hedgehog jungle gym than a restraint. :)
 

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It's a beautiful piece that can stand on it's own merits. Personally I'd like to see it waterproofed then mounted on a no-friction swivel atop a nice pole and see if the wind will turn it….it's that nice-it can be an art piece.
 

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Looks great! I have one on my list for this week.
Steve.
 

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COOL exercise in precision joinery…

Very nice!
 

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Thanks for all the kind comments. I meant to say that I used this Elmer's glue. The initial tack is very quick, it's not too runny, and it's inexpensive.

Steve: I'm looking forward to seeing your take on the project.
 

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I love it, on the floor , I'd love it on a wall, or I'd love it on a pole , I'd love it suspended from above, I'd love it supported from below, I'd love it over here most, but I'd love it way over there. I love it, Well done and well loved ! .....Sam I am !
 

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A hedgehog, a tortoise AND a snake! Quite the menagerie!

Menagerie:
1. a collection of wild animals kept in captivity for exhibition.
2. a strange or diverse collection of people or things.

Alright maybe not so 'captive' but nailed the strange or diverse part.

Really nice project by the way.
 

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Cool project! Really like those splines!
 

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Nice job & congratulations on your Top3 award.
 
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