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February 23, 2017

Wooden Patterns for Parquetry

Creating Wooden Patterns for Parquetry

Small wooden patterns of geometric design can be safely cut on the band saw. This post shares with you a few woodworking ideas that will enable you to create some wonderful parquetry for your wood projects using a bandsaw crosscut sled. The wooden patterns shown are made from hardwoods leftover from various wood projects. It’s a great way to utilize scrap material!

Wooden Patterns for Parquetry - 60 Degree DiamondsThe  lozenges  are diamond segments that are cut using the 60 degree band saw sled. A stop block is set up and clamped to to the sled’s fence to ensure uniform segments. Keep in my that all four lengths of the lozenge must be of equal length. A few test cuts with scrap material measured with a dial caliper will guarantee the correct length. Check that the sides are equal to one another. Another way to check is to measure across the lozenge in both directions. These dimensions are to be equal to one another.

 

Wooden Patterns for Parquetry - 60 Degree Band Saw SledOnce you begin to cut the lozenges, you will start to experiment with various hardwoods. It’s only natural to rearrange the diamond shaped wood segments. You will mix in various wood tones to create a number of wooden patterns. Play with it. Before long you will see 3 dimensional wooden cubes appear.

 

 

Wooden patterns for parquetry - 60 Degree Band Saw SledThe star wooden pattern is a simple matter of having six lozenges. In this case three are of maple while the other three lozenges are walnut. To glue this wood design just brush on the glue with a disposable glue brush, check for alignment, and wrap a rubber band around it to serve as its clamp. Once the glue sets, it will be plenty strong.

 

 Hardwood veneers of these various wooden patterns can be sliced on the band saw using the techniques that are shown to you in the accompanying woodworking video. Just use a longer block of wood and attach double stick tape. Attach the wood pattern to the tape. Set up the Rockler thin rip jig to the desired thickness of the veneer that you want. (3/32″ is my preference.) Adjust the band saw fence and you are ready to slice veneers.

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Segmented Woodturning - Woodturner - Online how to woodworking Guide- The Apprenticeand The Journeyman UniversityThe Apprentice and The Journeyman University is an Online How To Woodworking Guide  specifically for woodworkers. This ongoing collection of  woodworking videos, articles, and wood projects is for the beginning woodworker as well as the experienced woodworker. The primary goal of sharing this woodworking knowledge base is to pass on experience to those who want to take their woodworking skills to a higher level.

The online how to woodworking guide is set up so that you can easily browse through the various woodworking subjects at a glance.  This offers woodworkers an opportunity learn many new woodworking ideas. These are how to woodworking tips that you can immediately apply in your woodworking shop. So, if you are new to woodworking and have been wanting to learn how to woodwork, take your time and enjoy this knowledge base. If you are an experienced craftsman, here’s an opportunity to share proven woodworking ideas and techniques. If you find value with this online how to woodworking guide, consider The Apprentice and The Journeyman University as a regular source for your online woodworking.

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Miraculous Staircase – Carpentry and Woodworking

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Miraculous Staircase of Santa Fe NM

 

The Miraculous Staircase of Santa Fe New Mexico is an amazing piece of carpentry and woodworking. If this work of art were built today, the reaction of people would be the same as it was when this set of stairs was completed in 1878. People who actually see this spiraled staircase instantly have a feeling of admiration and marvel. This is exactly how I felt as a young carpentry apprentice during a cross county motorcycle trip to Sante Fe in the summer of 1978.

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Miraculous Staircase - Woodworking - CarpentryThe Miraculous Staircase is located at The Loretto Chapel in old Santa Fe, New Mexico.  It is here that any aspiring or accomplished woodworker / carpenter can truly appreciate being a part of the craft of woodworking. The spiral staircase has two complete turns and has the shape of a spring. The wooden staircase is supported only where the top section is attached to the choir loft and where it base is attached on the chapel’s main floor. The design and construction of the Miraculous Staircase have left engineers and designers puzzled as to how the staircase can function without any structural support or bracing.

 

The Miraculous Staircase consists of 33 wooden steps. Two years after the spiral staircase was installed, a beautiful wooden handrail was added by other talented craftsmen. This amazing spiral railing is supported by spindles turned on a wood lathe. The underside of the stairs appears to be a veneer that follows the circular pattern. Keep in mind that no nails or screws were used by the woodworker in the construction of the staircase.

 

Miraculous Staircase - Woodworking - CarpentryThe master carpenter who built the Miraculous Staircase is unknown and he was said to have only a few tools at his disposal. However, anybody could see that he was loaded with skill, experience, and desire. As an apprentice carpenter I knew I had the desire. I just needed skills and experience. This confirmed my belief that it was essential for me to work and learn from the best craftsmen I could find. Today, I am grateful to my instructor and to all the talented journeyman carpenters and woodworkers that I have had the pleasure of working with during my career.


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Front Doors of Florence Italy

“A hero is an ordinary individual who finds the strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles.” …Christopher Reeves (1952-2004) Actor, director, and producer.

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Front Doors of Florence Italy

 

The Front doors of Florence Italy simply caught the attention of the woodworker and carpenter in me. Fortunately, my camera captured these images to share with you.

Front doors can say a lot about a residence and the resident as well. The first photograph reveals a section of a massive front door that could quite possibly date back to the 14th or 15th century. What catches your eye in this image? Is it the number of metal studs that creates a unique design on the stiles, rails, and panels? Could it be the the mitered mortise and tenon joints where the rails meets the stiles? There is a lot for a woodworker to discover in this photo. Notice how the left stile varies from the right side stile. There a vertical line on the left stile underneath the latch meaning a wood strip was added to the exterior door at some point in time.

When looking at the right side rail, notice how it is made with two pieces of wood to give the rail its full width. The lower strip of the rail is cut at a width to coincide with the long point of the mitered joint. We can readily see that the left wood door rail is made from one piece of timber.

The Front doors have wrought iron hardware. Look how the door bolt fits thru five metal rings to secure the entry doors. The door bolt handle is flat so that the bolt can be turned and slid thru the rings. Here we can see how a carpenter used chisels or gouges on the door stiles and mouldings to allow clearance for the door bolt to pass thru the metal rings. There is also a wrought iron door pull to open this massive door. If we look closely it appears that there is a star shaped metal escutcheon between the door pull and the doors panel. Plus, we can also see where the keyhole is along with another smaller hole. Just imagine what the hardware would be on the interior side of the front doors.

The moulding of the front doors was obviously crafted by hand and has mitered joints at the corners. Can you imagine creating a door like this back in the 14th or 15th century. Imagine the tools that woodworkers and carpenters were using. What type of measuring devices did they use? (I don’t think they had tape measures back then.) What type of saws were used back then to cut these timbers? What type of hand planes and moulding planes were used? What type of drill was used to create all the holes for the metal studs? Needless to say, the men who built these front doors way back when were great mechanics and highly talented craftsmen. I would have loved to see them hanging and fitting these front doors as the doors are still functional after all these years.

 

Front Doors of Florence ItalyThe front doors of Florence Italy in this photo appear much newer than the previous image. However, we can see similarities in the usage of the metal studs which pierce and decorate the doors. There are many panels in this door which also adds to the overall design. Take a look at the location of the key entry. This is about 32-36 inches above the ground and this clue will give us an idea of the overall height and width of the front doors. Also, we can see the four heavy duty hinges on each side of the doors. Needless to say, these hinges are supporting a lot of weight when we take into consideration the amount of wood and the number of metal studs being held.

 

There is something incredibly unique about these front doors pictured. Can you see it? These are actually bi-fold doors. There are four vertical sections. There are hinges on the backside of the doors that allow for the doors to fold. If we look at the bottoms of the doors, we will notice four individual pieces of wood that allow for the folding of the the four vertical sections of the doors. Again, this is another wonderful example of fine woodworking skills and advanced carpentry craftsmanship.

 

Feel free to share your thoughts, insights, and questions.

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Band Saw Woodworking Safety Tips

“The way we communicate with others and ourselves ultimately determines the quality of our lives.”
Anthony Robbins…(1960- ) American self help author and success coach.

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Band Saw Woodworking Safety Tips

 

Learn two Band Saw Woodworking Safety Tips to make your band saw woodworking safer, more productive, and more enjoyable. Work confidently. Work with safety

Band Saw woodworking safety is often overlooked. In this article we will focus on two simple band saw woodworking safety tips for the band saw that can make a big difference for us in the long run. However, do not underestimate the importance of these safety tips. Many accidents on the band saw could easily be prevented if the following safety tips were followed.

Band Saw woodworking safety tips

Push sticks…use them.

Push sticks come in all shapes and sizes. They can easily be purchased online or they can be made out of scrap material in the woodworking shop. It’s always good to have a variety of push sticks available for different situations. Push sticks provide the woodworker with a greater margin of control over the workpiece as well as keeping one’s fingers and hands away from the band saw blade.
In the photos we can see a simple push stick that is made from scrap plywood. This push stick can easily be made on the band saw in just a few minutes. Yet, it can serve the woodworker for a long time. Notice how this push stick lays horizontally on the band saw table. There is a notch in the push stick that can push the material thru the band saw blade. However, the push stick has plenty of width where one’s hand can confidently control the cutting action of the workpiece. The material needs to be pressed alongside the clamped fence while being propelled forward. Obviously, it would be too risky to attempt this type of a cut without the aid of a push stick.

Band saw woodworking safety tips 2

Roller Bearing Guides…adjust them properly.

Proper adjustment of the band saw roller bearing guide assembly is often overlooked by woodworkers. Too many times woodworkers leave the guide assembly high above the workpiece and this is an invitation for disaster. Yet, how many times do we see woodworkers making cuts on the band saw while the bearing guide assembly is high above the workpiece?  There is just too much band saw band exposed and one mistake could be quite regrettable. It’s not an error that we want to make. It only takes a few seconds to prevent an accident like this. (A major woodworking magazine recently had a photo on its front cover with the band saw bearing guide high above the workpiece. )

Band saw woodworking safety tips 3

What is a good distance between the roller bearing guide assembly and the workpiece? As we can see in the above photos there is a space of about 1/2″.  This way the work can easily be seen and there is a minimum of band saw blade exposed. The answer to the question may vary according to the thickness or height of the material being cut. For example, if a thin veneer is being ripped, it would be a good idea to have the guide assembly even closer to the material. The important thing to remember is to use good common sense. Make these band saw woodworking safety tips a habit. Working safely allows for working with confidence. It’s a good practice.

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