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    First Try At Celtic Knots

    After seeing the video that Vaughn posted >> HERE << of a very talented young man, AlexL aged eleven.

    I was watching his well done demo of how to make a Celtic Knot pen and I thought, "I can do that"

    The tip that I gained the most from, was when cutting for the inlay piece, to not cut all the way through, this certainly has made things MUCH easier.

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    OK, I started out with a simple maple blank, a little under 3/4"

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    I also cut some Purple Heart, to use as the inlay.

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    I did not use the bandsaw to make the cut, I used my SCMS to make the cut. I do not know if any other saws have this function, I'd have to think they would. I can set the depth of cut for the saw, so I put a piece of plywood on the saw, to give me a flat base, and another piece to bring the blank to be cut away from the fence a bit, then I set the saw to 45 degrees, and set the depth of cut, to just not cut through the blank all the way. Since I'm a beginner on this stuff, I also numbered each side of blank, so I could keep track.

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    Ready to make the first cut

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    First cut made!

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    I then glued the inlay in place, using medium CA glue, and then pared off the extra wood to make the blank square again.

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    Ready to make the 2nd cut, 2nd cut made, 2nd inlay glued in place..........
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    Ready to cut the 3rd cut, and then the 4th cut.

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    I also did a piece with Quince inlay, here it is ready to turn.

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    Here is the Purple Heart inlay piece, I think I did not bad for a first try.

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    Here is the Quince inlay piece, again, I really like this, it is almost magical

    Now these two pieces were just for fun, for practice and to see if this way of making the cuts etc. would work, and I think I like this

    I can certainly see making some pens from this, and I can see doing this on other items, lets say the toothpick holders or some other items.

    Cheers!
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    Very cool, Stu. My brother-in-law is into things like Celtic knots and such. (He's a Viking re-enactor.) I might have to make him a pen or something similar for Christmas.
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    This technique would allow for beautiful rolling pins, tool handles, etc. Thanks.



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    Frank, for something like tool handles, and rolling pins, I'd use a PVA gule, titebond etc, NOT CA glue, I used the CA glue, as it is fast, but for tool handles, etc, the PVA glue would be a LOT stronger.

    Hey, Screwdrivers, or the Pig Tailed Flipper handles, those would look GREAT with this design
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    Alex is a pretty cool kid. I've been watching his since he started, which, if I remember correctly, is less than a year!!! When you go over to NCWW check out his gallery!
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    Thanks again for the tip, Stu!

    You are always a big help!
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    Great job on the knot! Now as for Alex... Wow! But can he do that same thing in my shop with my collection of tools.

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    Great job Stu. That is well done.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stuart Ablett View Post
    Frank, for something like tool handles, and rolling pins, I'd use a PVA gule, titebond etc, NOT CA glue, I used the CA glue, as it is fast, but for tool handles, etc, the PVA glue would be a LOT stronger.
    Thank you Stuart! I also agree and any round "handle" would benefit!
    Last edited by Frank Townend; 10-22-2008 at 08:24 AM. Reason: Grammar



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