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Hi... thanks for your comment! I understand what you are saying about using precision tools for setting up and making accurate cuts. I have an Incra 1000 HD and Wixey.The intent, when I wrote this instructable was to put this project in reach of folks who might not have access to those tools. In this case I found that even though I have these tools... they are not really needed to make these stars. I have made over a thousand stars with the homemade jig made from the instructions herein.. I looked at the Miterset and found it interesting. Love my Wixey! Thanks again for your input!Duncan ZOOM
Bruce, This is not that critical a dimension.... either will do just fine. It's a starting point only.A lot of the work gets done with the blade to fence distance settings. After you make a few stars you will see what is going on with the process. Just go for it! Post pics... I love to see the pics!Best Regards Duncan
Hi JoeThis is a drawing I did of the basic process for making a Bethlehem Star. You can scale this up or down for whatever finished size you want to build.You can use 3/4" lumber to make flat versions or 1 1/2" thick to make beveled versions. (in my experience you would be limited to an overall size of about 3 feet for a beveled star because of the limitations of blade size on standard table saws) Best RegardsDuncan
I use a Tekton 6696 shoe rasp. I place the rounded side of the rasp against the wood, push down and draw it along the grain of the wood. Repete as many times as you like untill you get the effect you want. Then i stain with dark stain, paint (dry brush), sand edges, stain with dark stain and finally... poly
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just a quick post.. My friend Tim (listed below as Timator) sent me a picture of his set up... He is doing his stars with a radial arm saw. Very inovative for sure! Great job Tim!