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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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I don't know if there is an easier way to make 'em but I sure like your result. A very nice looking 3D star.

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I love how the grain flows through the points. looks sharp

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Wow does that ever look neat ! Great work , can't wait to see the finished product

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I'll try to take other pictures as the project goes along.
Thanks for the comments and the likes.
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My stars they look great. Can't wait to more of the project.

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Bushwhacker, The work you have done is superb to say the very least. I think this can also be done on a CNC machine. There is a lot of 3d items being mad on these machines. I have made 2d stars on mine, but I have not tried to do a 3 d Star on the router yet.
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Bushwhacker, The work you have done is superb to say the very least. I think this can also be done on a CNC machine. There is a lot of 3d items being mad on these machines. I have made 2d stars on mine, but I have not tried to do a 3 d Star on the router yet.
My neighbor has a CNC and I thought about asking him to make one for me. But, then decided to try it my self. Then after all the problems I had figuring it out, I got away from it for a night, then the next day, just did it.
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I have to agree with the others; that is really sharp looking!
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