Over 200 pieces make up this wooden mosaic six pointed star pattern. At this point just taped together from the back. Shop sawn Mahogany, Poplar, Maple and Walnut Veneer .150" thick. This will be the top of a lazy susan.
Diamonds and triangles will make up the sides of the lazy susan.
Hexagon plywood base for the mosaic work. Approximately 12" in diameter x 1.5" high. The top is 0.5" thick, the sides are 0.75" All cut at 30 deg angles, glued and stapled top to sides. Next step is to glue on the mosaic.
Glue spread on the bottom of the mosaic overlay... good old Titebond.
Glue spread on the top of the hexagon base. Use a roller to get it spread on evenly.
I don't have a dedicated press or vacuum bag, so for now just improvising with clamps and cauls.
Example of the individual pieces, diamonds and triangles.
This is the jig I made for cutting the 30 degree angle with my Japanese Z saw...usually it only takes a couple of pulls to cut the individual pieces. Note there are two individual stops to control the length of the pieces. Setting the length is very important to get accurate fit.
This is how I glued up the sides. Pieces are edge glued together and assembled on a strip of 2" blue tape to hold it together while the glue sets.
The completed sides all glued up, ready to be cut to length and glued up onto the base.
First look at what it is going to look like when assembled. Sides are just dry fit, first corner is mitered.
Fitting the individual sides to the base. This is a very precise operation. Take your time and get it cut exactly to length.
Four of the six sides fitted in place.
All sides fitted with corners tight and no gaps. Now ready to glue the sides to the base.
Notice the overhang of the top to the sides. You want this to be as small as possible because it needs to be sanded away after glue up.
This is the glue up procedure for the sides overlay onto the base. No other clamps needed. Blue tape is your friend :)
Blue tape is your friend in the glue up of the sides to the base. No other clamps needed!
The lazy susan bearing is from Woodcraft, made by Triangle Mfg... only a couple of bucks. I decided to make another small mosaic for the bottom...a pleasant surprise for anyone who bothers to look underneath.
The bearing roughly placed on the bottom.
Glue ups completed, prior to final sanding.
Small gaps between pieces are filled with glue and sawdust mixture during final sanding.
Finished with an oil varnish blend (Arm R Seal from General Finishes). Love the chatoyance of the wood as you look at it from different angles.
I decided to sign and date this work as it is a piece of art. Who knows, maybe someday it will be worth something :)
Bottom view after final finishing and assembly. The hole is for clearance to provide access to the screws that mount the bearing to the top.
Finished product. I named this piece Discovery because it is my first attempt at mosaic work and because there are so many optical illusions in the pattern. Finish is sanded up to 2000 grit...is silky smooth and a pleasure to the touch.
Side view.. all those walnut diamonds are from same board, just look different due to grain orientation.
Thanks all for looking!