This technique uses masking tape to "clamp" when glueing mitred joints. Its a very useful technique if you need to join anything with more than 4 sides where clamps won't work. Ratchet straps also work but are more expencive.

I'd like to thank Starck Joinery cc in Salt River, Cape Town for teaching me this amazing technique. You guys are true master joiners.

Step 1: Tools

You'll need:

  • Sufficient wood to make your boxes. For the 6 boxes you see here I used a piece approx. 1700mm X 600mm
  • A saw that can cut an accurate 30 deg. angel.
  • Wide masking tape.
  • Wood glue.
  • Sand paper.
  • Wood primer
  • Wood varnish
  • Paint (colour of your choice)

<p>Have you ever made something requiring precise angles using hand tools, say electric jigsaw or router? I love all those many corner forms, but have no fancy tools for that.</p>
<p>Raitis, You cand do precise angled cuts with the circular handsaw.</p>
Thanks Instructables! You guys are awesome. definitely going to be rocking the T
<p>Makes me want a Peanut Butter and Honey sandwich for some reason XD Anyways, nice job!</p>
<p>If you put masking tape on the painted edge you want to cut the masking tape will hold the paint in place so it doesn't chip.</p><p>Trust me, it works!</p><p>(especially on the kickboards of a brand new kitchen)</p>
<p>I made it thanks for making this project</p>
<p>Ahhh...amazing! I'm so stoked. Thanks for sharing.</p>
<p>very nice i love the use of the ply wood.</p>
<p>Well done! That gold paint must be stunning.</p>
<p>Very cool project!</p><p>I can't help but wonder how hard it would be to prevent the double-board effect between the hexagons, though. I don't have an actual idea, I just think it would be better, would use 6 fewer board segments in this configuration, adding a whole extra cell! But I imagine that a double-cut on the end of a board, getting them to line up so that the peak is perfectly centered, would be very hard.</p><p>Yours is still much better than mine, since mine is only imaginary! The tape method is an excellent idea, thank you for sharing!</p>
<p>which is a cool idea, but remember that if you avoided the &quot;Double Board Effect&quot; the individual cells would not be able to be moved into different configurations, in case you want to restructure (or expand, or split) your unit.</p>
My overall idea was a non-modular structure, more like a classic bookshelf than the displayed hanging beauty. Also if building a system with many more, smaller cells like a mead rack (&quot;wine rack&quot;), the &quot;full&quot; thickness of the exterior cells would be the exception, not the rule.<br><br>Also pondering a more difficult, larger, tilted cell system to hold carboys for my mead fermentation. The extreme angle of the tilt might be too much to ask of a hexagonal cell design, as the mouth of the carboy needs to stick out, but be upright enough that the mouth is still the highest part of the carboy. I'll have to measure the tilt and draw things before I can dig more into that (still imaginary for now) project. Main reason I'm pondering this is to save space, and maybe save having to move the full carboys as much as I have to now.
<p>If you constructed the hexagon sides that were going to abut other hexagons out of wood that was half the thickness that would work. That is not to take anything away from the featured instructable which looks great.</p>
<p>One way to get a richer golden effect is to prime the boards with red before painting on the gold. (Traditionally gold leaf was layer over the color red) If you want silver on the inside then prime it with a rich royal blue or a malachite green.</p>
Very awesome. How did you attach them to each other? Or did you hang them individually?
<p>Hey tland... I just hung them individually with very small brackets. You can just see them in the photo. I had thought of bolting them together with spacers in between and then just standing the shelves vertically, but decided to do it this way instead. I have a heavy duty masonry drill...I wouldn't have attempted it this way if I didn't have this drill though.</p>
<p>nice work! </p><p>never seen a saw like yours here in Mexico whats it called ? looks really cool .</p>
<p>Its called a Festool. Its a German brand. Stupidly expensive but well worth it if you can find one. There is this really cool vacuum attachment that is not it the photo but it turns on as you start the saw. I'm saving up for the router at the moment.</p>
Hey Raitis, I have used a jig saw before and it does work but you have to be careful and go slowly. I also used a straight plank as a ruler. I'm not sure about a jig saw. Thanks for the comment.
<p>Thanks, gotta try it if there's a chance! :)</p>
<p>These are great! Impressive work getting those angled joints to look so nice!</p>
Hey Digitus, To get accurate spacing I just slipped a piece of the 18mm plywood between the hexagons as I put them up. The rest was a bit of eyeballing and a trusty spirit level.
I love these shelves, any trick to getting the spacing between units so precise?

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