Wood Butcher :)
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Ahwatukee (Phoenix), AZ
I am currently making a lamp with a celtic knot in it.. but the theory in how the knot works is the same.
Maybe this will help you...
Your blank ought to be square (for the simple knot - to start) After a while you can get fancy and start with 5 sided, or 8 sided stock for some interesting effects. For now lets stick with your block being square
Each cut into your blank should go almost all the way through. I used 45 degrees, but you can really use any angle you want. 45 looks nice though.
You will make four 45 degree cuts - one per side. The trick is the order in which you make the cuts. I can think of 2 easy ways to remember:
Way #1 - Take your block and label one side #1, rotate block 90 degrees either direction so the #1 side is either on right or left side. Mark top side #3. Rotate block 90 degrees in same direction as before and label top side #2. Label remaining side #4.
Way #2 - Sides 1 & 2 are across from one another. Sides 3 & 4 are the "other" 2 sides. label block accordingly.
Now - cut your first kerf into your block. Since I was cutting with a TS, I cut my first kerf with #1 facing up. Make the cut - go to workbench - glue in whatever you want into the kerf. When dry, trim of any excess and sand block so all sides are square. Repeat this kerf, glue, trim, sand procedure in numerical order.
Trust me, the knot will look STRANGE on your block when you are done with the above procedure. You wont actually see the knot until a while after you are into your turning
Dont overthink it... just follow the kerf, glue, trim, sand procedure in numerical order...and you'll be amazed at what happens!!
I have some photos I can post if you like... just let me know
I hope this helps!