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Old 10-23-2017, 09:34 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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Does anyone know of a tutorial for 8 ring Celtic knots?
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Does anyone know of a tutorial for 8 ring Celtic knots?
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I can barely get a 4 ring to look right. A 8 ring would be murder....
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The way I approach it is to mill an approximately 125/128" square length of stock to an octagon by using a 45 chamfer bit in a router table. Then it's no different than making a 4 loop knot. Okay, maybe a little more anxiety is involved.

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I use a tablesaw with a 1/16" kerf circular saw blade. Make the knot material as thin as you can, but just a bit thicker than the kerf the blade makes. Then use a whisper thin spacer to increase the size of the kerf to fit the knot material thickness.

I've been meaning to write a tutorial, but I was interrupted by too many other projects around the house.

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The way I approach it is to mill an approximately 125/128" square length of stock to an octagon by using a 45 chamfer bit in a router table. Then it's no different than making a 4 loop knot. Okay, maybe a little more anxiety is involved.

Example: 12th Bash Ballpoint Contest

I use a tablesaw with a 1/16" kerf circular saw blade. Make the knot material as thin as you can, but just a bit thicker than the kerf the blade makes. Then use a whisper thin spacer to increase the size of the kerf to fit the knot material thickness.

I've been meaning to write a tutorial, but I was interrupted by too many other projects around the house.
G'Day, Brian! Ya beat me to to post the info... Glad you were peeking!

As an aside; posting the specifics, will help; but not insure success... Practice, practice, practice

Oh, Have Fun!

(Still a brilliant pen that I envy!!! Cheers Mate!).
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Making a thick pen with a steep angle also helps. Too thin or too shallow and its a Celtic lump. :)
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You may cut an octagon, then cut without going through, stop a wee before having two pieces, this way the knot will stay in alignment.
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