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Compass Rose Step by Step
Aug 29th, 2018 at 9:50am
 
For Bill and anyone else, this is how I go about this sort oft project.
(You should start off by knowing that patterns like this ARE NOT typically made by cutting pointy little pieces and trying to fit them together to form a pattern. We don't cut and fit tiny pieces, we glue large pieces and cut to size.)

With the above statement in mind, I look at the pattern I want to create and see if I can figure out how it was put together.
1. Are there any straight lines that bisect the entire piece? Yes
Once cut in half, you will have 2 identical pieces
2 Are there any straight lines that bisect the the half? Yes
One the half is cut, you will have 2 identical pieces or quarters.
3. Are there any straight lines that bisect the quarters? Yes
The remaining pieces (eights) are the same, only the contrasting wood color is switched but the construction is the same.
4 Are there any straight lines that dissect the eights? No

Now the eights are the section we need to focus on.
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Re: Compass Rose Step by Step
Reply #1 - Aug 29th, 2018 at 10:11am
 
Now you're down to eight identical sections, you need to figure out how, and in what order they were constructed.
I find it's best to work backwards.
Once again, start with the completed section ,
1. Locate a straight line that goes all the way through the piece, there is only one.
2. Now remove that piece and see what remains
3. What did that remaining piece look like before the cut was made?
4. Then we start the process over.
Locate a straight line, remove piece determine what came before and work baackwards until you are down to a single piece.

This is a generalization but I think you get the idea of how to break down the pattern into manageable parts.
If you notice, in the slideshow there are no complex glue-ups at all. All the gluing is straight line to straight line. This make the parts easy to align and easy to clamp which typically results in tight fitting joints.
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Reply #2 - Aug 29th, 2018 at 11:37am
 
Thank you Ed.
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Reply #3 - Aug 29th, 2018 at 1:28pm
 
Then turn it into a platter. Smiley
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Reply #4 - Aug 29th, 2018 at 1:47pm
 
Ralph Fahringer wrote on Aug 29th, 2018 at 1:28pm:
Then turn it into a platter. Smiley

That's the plan
or
Many people use this type of pattern (larger of course) as a medallion in hardwood floors.
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