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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
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Many people use this type of pattern (larger of course) as a medallion in hardwood floors.
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Reply #5 - Jan 2nd, 2019 at 3:23pm
 
Thanks Ed. I found some time to fool around with some scrap over the holiday and came up with a first attempt. I am encouraged enough with the results, despite the numerous 'doh' mistakes I made  Embarrassed that I will try again with a bit more care in the future.
This one is about 6 inches in diameter, the rose is maybe 4.
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Reply #6 - Jan 2nd, 2019 at 3:40pm
 
That looks pretty good Chris  Thumbs Up glad you gave it a try.
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Reply #7 - Mar 27th, 2020 at 8:41pm
 
At a request I added some photos to better illustrate the order and method I cut the main pieces.
This is just a quick cardboard mock-up.
Nothing is set up "exactly" as it was when I made the piece..
I hope this helps to clarify things.
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Reply #8 - Mar 28th, 2020 at 7:14am
 
Fantastic accomplishment to make one of these, virtual high five to those that do !
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What the heck,Give it a try---
 
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Reply #9 - Mar 28th, 2020 at 1:58pm
 
Thanks Buck
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Reply #10 - Mar 28th, 2020 at 3:01pm
 
Buck Nemitt wrote on Mar 28th, 2020 at 7:14am:
Fantastic accomplishment to make one of these, virtual high five to those that do!
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Reply #11 - Mar 28th, 2020 at 6:46pm
 
MY BRAIN HURTS!
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Reply #12 - Mar 29th, 2020 at 6:54pm
 
This is the only one i have made, but using Ed's method of doing it really works. No way you can cut small pieces and glue them together. Smiley
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Reply #13 - Mar 29th, 2020 at 8:23pm
 
George Stratton wrote on Mar 29th, 2020 at 6:54pm:
No way you can cut small pieces and glue them together.


Glue big, Cut small

Looks good  Thumbs Up
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Reply #14 - Apr 10th, 2021 at 12:03pm
 
In a recent thread, I was reminded that I didn't show a few steps of this build. I'll include a few more items here and a few will be Multimedia File Viewing and Clickable Links are available for Registered Members only!!  You need to Login or Register

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Here is the method I used for the rim. There are many benefits to this method, although it will not work for every situation. I used the technique to allow for grain following, (as well as ease of assembly)
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Reply #15 - Apr 10th, 2021 at 12:06pm
 
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Reply #16 - Apr 12th, 2021 at 12:11pm
 
"Many people use this type of pattern (larger of course) as a medallion in hardwood floors."
Ed, I was thinking about doing the same thing with this pattern. My house is not lined up with with any specific direction. It would be beautiful to put this pattern in the floor, not far from the front door, and in front of the grandfather clock, now I would know which way I'm looking out the window.
One will have to get creative in turning this piece, because of it's size.
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Reply #17 - Apr 12th, 2021 at 5:18pm
 
It just dawned on me, that the floor medallion doe not have to be turned. It doesn't need a raised ring since it will be in the floor and needs to be flat.
Make a large compass to scribe the circular line, saw on a band saw, then use the disk sander to round it to the line and your done.
No lathe needed.
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Reply #18 - Apr 12th, 2021 at 8:49pm
 
A router and a circle jig works well for doing that sort of thing, like cutting a large circle in the floor.
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