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    Fibonacci Gauge project

    My good friend David asked if I could make some parts for a Fibonacci Gauage he found seraching the internet. His church is doing a summer family week. He is using this gauge for the kids to find the golden ratio in nature. It occurs frequently in plants and flowers.



    This is from WOOD magazine #173. Found it here

    Finding the binding posts took a little luck. I could not find binding posts so I thought I would try pop-rivets. My Google for pop rivets got me to Hanson Rivet and Supply. So Hanson had binding posts buried in their product lines. I was able to get exactly what I wanted.

    The trick here is you need 1/8" thick x 1/2" wide strips of wood. I tried this on my band saw and was not happy.

    So I then decided to use the table saw, with a 30 tooth glue line rip blade. Using my grippers it worked great. I used a zero clearance blank for dado blades on my SawStop. I removed the riving knife and just had a zero clearance for the blade. It worked GREAT. I had no trouble cutting this very small strips.



    I got the 1/8" gripper leg from Peachtree Woodworking

    After cutting LOTS of little pieces, I needed to put holes in them. LOTS of holes. So I used my Pinnacle drill press table to set up the repeated holes. This is not an exact process. Lots of trial and error. But I did suceed and it worked great. The really good bits from Lee Valley did a great job.



    Next I needed to put points on 3 of the 4 pieces. I created a template and marked all of the pieces. Then used the 6" belt sander to grind away. It worked very well. I really appreciate my dust collection now.



    Here is what I ended up with.



    And it even looks like the picture.



    The really cool part is that it works.



    This was a fun few hours in the shop. It's really nice to have all of the tools to do a project that will be fun for the kids.

    Here is the web album with a few more pictures

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    I saw that project in WOOD a while back and thought it was a neat one. Glad it worked for you - they came out great.
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    May I brag?
    You also saw it here.
    http://www.familywoodworking.org/for...ead.php?t=3885

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    Bartee,
    Pretty cool... thanks for the tutorial...
    I had to look and see if you were from a Yankee work shop and a good old Southern boy... your tutorial sounded like Norm Abrams for a minute there
    Chuck
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    Chuck,

    Good ole southern boy....

    Watched way too much of Norm.

    And I seem to enjoy the sharing part.

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    They came out looking great, Bartee. I don't really use it often, but the Pinnacle fence and stop system on the drill pretty sure is handy sometimes. (Mine's the red version of the hardware in a homemade table.)

    And just so you know, if you use the 1/4" Grrripper leg to cut 1/8" strips, you have a 1/8" Grrripper leg almost immediately. DAMHIKT. No harm, no foul...carbide cuts right through the plasticm but it probably voids the warranty.
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    And just so you know, if you use the 1/4" Grrripper leg to cut 1/8" strips, you have a 1/8" Grrripper leg almost immediately. DAMHIKT. No harm, no foul...carbide cuts right through the plasticm but it probably voids the warranty. [/QUOTE]



    nice job bartee
    what are you building today ??

    GRIZZLY

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