I do have the same blank in the red maple as well as another finial. It's a fun blank to make.Outstanding! The cap is incredibly well matched to the body. I love it. I think that combination would also work well with the red/purple wood you showed us last week. Really nice.
I made a tablesaw jig that I use to cut slots into a square blank, not quite halfway through, four of them with it laying flat and 4 rotated 90 degrees, corner to corner. I then just glue in the segmented strips. I don't have to worry about alignment with this method. Cutting the blank completely in half would work, but probably be problematic when it came to the corner to corner cut and would make alignment a little more challenging. Look close at the finial and you can see how it was cut. The finial is just a slice from the blank. I think also, you could do this in four cuts if you cut almost all the way through, like a Celtic knot.Ken
Obviously, you don't have to answer but I'm curious; there are two main ways I can think of making this:
1. Segment stripes into a square blank, crosscut, and glue back together
(Technically, it's more of an inlay than segments but it's like a celtic knot in that sense)
2. Segment stripes using an indexed lathe head, drill, crosscut and glue back together on tubes.
The former is easier than the latter.
Either of these at play here?
It's a stunning piece because there's no discernible misalignment which makes it all the more impressive.