Larry Ciesla Woodworking

Twelve-way Radial Match Part 1

Creating a 12-way radial match is a challenging project.  I've attempted to document the entire process step by step to show you how I created the round table top shown below.   Everything in life that looks really complicated is actually quite simple if you break it down into step-by-step instructions.  

Here is the table top after pressing.  I will attempt to explain in some detail how I got the project to this point.  Walnut burl veneer is used to create the pattern you see.  The border is fiddleback anegre.  I have routed a circular groove to accept the XYZZY that will separate the walnut from the anegre.

Step 1:  Number each sheet in the veneer pack consecutively from 1 to 12.

Step 2:  Place a pair of mirrors opened to approximately 30 degrees over sheet 1.  Move the mirrors around the sheet until you identify a pleasing pattern.  Look for interesting shapes formed by color variations or slight defects in the veneer.  Once this position has been determined, place your 30 degree triangle on the top sheet in the same position as the mirrors and use the triangle to mark side A and side B as shown below.

Note that you will actually label side A and side B on the veneer itself to identify the correct orientation of each piece in the stack later.  Note that the numbers 1 – 12 on each sheet should now be rewritten (if necessary) so the numbers will be written inside the triangle on each sheet.  Try to also place the A and B designations on each sheet so they will be visible after you have cut away the waste material.