Laminated Wood Art Made Easy
The Full-Stripe Pattern
by Stephen Carey

215 x 280mm

Published by Schiffer Publications Ltd, PA USA


ISBN 978-0-7643-4730-6

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As reviewed in The Australian Woodworker Issue 182

Imagine taking three or four boards of contrasting colour, each about 20mm thick, and cutting them into strips 20mm wide. Now imagine gluing the strips together, using their colours to create an attractive pattern.

Imagine cutting that board into strips again at an angle to the original joints. Gluing these segments together will make a more complex pattern. Then, if you cut that jointed-up board into strips again, you could...

Thatís essentially what this book is about - creating multi-generational patterns by cutting and joining strips of wood. If you wish, the end result can be applied as a laminate to decorate such items as tables or boxes.

Despite the simplicity of the concept, the work has to be carefully planned and executed, if it is to be successful.

Stephen Carey, an amateur woodworker, first encountered this kind of work some 40 years ago. His continued interest has led to him lecturing on the subject of Multi-Generational Concepts (as well as related topics such as Segmented Woodturning and Linear Radius Turning) in and around his home state of New Hampshire (USA).

The book begins with an explanation of the basic concept from which the designs are generated, a discussion of safety and an overview of the easily made jigs that the author uses.

The comments which follow on the choice of wood are aimed at avoiding the problems that can occur when joining different wood species and woods with different grain orientation.

Actual construction begins with simple 'full-stripe' (1800 linear) laminations. After describing the method, the author provides some examples - a Lazy Susan with Napkin Holder, a Serving Tray and two Cutting Boards.

In the next chapter, a Second Generation pattern is produced by cutting a full stripe board at an angle of 450. The author shows how the cut segments can be used to experiment in making new designs. Once a design has been chosen, the segments are glued together again to make a re-constructed board. Again, there are examples of the use of a Second Generation design.

The next chapter deals with Third Generation designs and begins to reveal the real complexity and beauty that these methods can achieve. To show this is not the end of the possibilities, a final chapter presents a Fourth Generation design.

This book should appeal to anyone who appreciates the varied appearance of wood; the projects donít appear to be limited by skill level, but an ability to work to fine tolerances is clearly necessary.

Photos: Colour

Units of Measurement: Imperial



Chapter 1 - Getting Started
Who Is This Book For?
Simple Vs. Easy
Perfection and Production Vs. Enjoyment and Discovery
Learning Flags
- Heads Up
- Tips
- Applications
- Variations

Chapter 2 - Safety
Glasses You Forget About
Be Sharp
The Jig Is Up
- Glue-Up Jigs
- Cutting Jigs
- Sanding Jigs
- Making Jigs

Chapter 3 - Tools
Cutting Wood
Flattening Wood
Joining Wood
Saw Blades
Clamps and a Word About Stress
Gluing Wood
Sanding Wood
Finishing Wood

Chapter 4- Materials
Wood Colour
Wood Grain
Combining Different Types Of Wood
Grain Orientation
Wood and Moisture

Chapter 5 - The First Generation
A 180° Full-Stripe (FS) Pattern
Simple, Single-Generation, Full-Stripe (FS) Projects
- Lazy Susan with Napkin Holder and Salt & Pepper Shakers
- Simple Serving Tray
- Sadie's Cutting Board
- Cutting Board

Chapter 6 - The Second Generation
Applying a 45º Cut
The Diamond Lazy Susan
The Herringbone Platter

Chapter 7 - The Third Generation
Defining Generational Designs
- Cut Locations
The Third Generation
- Third-Generation Cutting Board, Walnut and Birch
- Third Generation Cutting Board, Cherry and Oak

Chapter 8 - The Not-So-Lazy Susan - A Case Study

Parting Shots and Further Reading