Making 3D Stars
I am currently making a 2 shot gun, gun rack for a fellow. I plan to make it with deer feet for the gun holders and wanted to place a Texas 3D star on the decorative top above the guns. It will also have a compartment along the bottom to hold ammo and supplies.
I never realized what a chore it was going to be to make 3 D Stars. It seems simple enough just thinking about it, but I found myself in my shop in the middle of the night trying to figure out how to go about making them.
I started off by squaring up a 4x4 on the Table saw, then cutting a wedge with the think side being about 1/2 inch.
I watch a video of how to make them, using the math to lay out the angles needed.
But, the concept never set with me. This guy wrote out a complex formula using sincs to get 18 degrees and 74 degrees angles.
I finally cut the wedges I had made into 6 inch strips. then ripped the high side down to the low side, then after glueing them in sets of two, I nibbled the top of them until I got the angle I needed to form a 5 sided star. Then by fine adjustments on the sander, I fitted them into a pretty good looking star. Well, to me it is pretty good looking.
Sandra came out to see the final product and said, they were pretty good and that I should have made several incase I ever needed to make one again. I ran her out of my shop.
Does anyone have a easier way to make them?
I'll post a picture of the finished product. below.
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