Make it with an X-Carve or with WoodWorking Tools. You decide, like a choose your own adventure!
If you are using the X-Carve simply scale the Stitched Wood Icosahedron up or down to fit your needs. A few of the Ideas I had were christmas tree topper, hanging holiday ornaments, bowl, basket, pet cave, lamp shade, lamp base, decorative vase.
Disclaimer: I designed an easel project for making the triangles with all those holes, BUT I didn’t make it on the X Carve…..yet. My 1000mm X Carve is built, but I have no motion controller because I am waiting for the X Controller. My wife and I really wanted to see how it would come together, so I decided to use my table saw and drill press to make her one. After drilling 900 holes in 20 triangles, I learned that the next one will have to made with the X Carve when I get my X Controller.
For this project I used 1/4" BC plywood, but any 1/4" sheet material should be fine.
First off you will need to mark locations for the drill holes. Each triangle has 15 holes on each of its sides for a total of 45. These holes are spaced 3/8" apart, and sit 1/4"oc from the edge of the triangle. Then I set up my drill Press with a 5/16" Drill Bit. Set the Fence and started drilling.
…nine hundred holes…
I used paracord to stitch this Icosahedron together, but you can use anything of similar diameter. Bailing twine or Zip-Ties could be cool. I melted the ends of the paracord. For one end I melted it and pulled it into a point, this allows me to thread it in the holes really easily. The other the I melted into a mushroom shape with helps it hold inside a hole, good for keeping the ends of the rope in place. There are no rules for the style of stitch you use, so go nuts.
By this point you should have a finished Icosahedron, and you are probably thinking:
X Carve User: That was fun, I should make another!
Woodworker: …ninehundred holes… never again! Gotta get an X Carve!