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A few years ago these wooden stars appeared in my Old Glory post and many people asked where they came from. Inspired by the upcoming 4th of July holiday and my latest read, Blueprints, about a mother-daughter carpenter pair, I decided to share a tutorial for them. My mom had made them for me many years ago and I didn’t have a pattern for them. But with the help of my math genius husband, it took a while to figure all of the angles out, we have the instructions for you today!
You’ll need a length of 1×3″ pine to begin with. Using a compound miter saw cut them to the lengths and angles below. I drew a picture because I knew there was no way I could explain the lengths and angles just by using words.
Use a brad nailer to nail them together.
Here’s a tricky angle. Make sure you have the 30º ends together, with the long pieces under the short piece.
Once you have all 5 points together, lay them out like so. We brought each leg in 1.5″ and then nailed them together.
We were given a copy of Barbara Delinsky’s new book Blueprints. Blueprints brought my love of reading and of watching HGTV together in a story of a mom who is a carpenter and her daughter, an architect. They host a TV show called Gut It! It was like getting an inside look at my favorite television hosts. The mom, Caroline, get word the day after her 56th birthday that they want her daughter to replace her as host of the show. She is devastated. Things continue to change as their is a death, and ailing ex-father-in-law, and a mother daughter relationship that has to be worked through.
Who am I? Both women ask, as the blueprints they’ve built their lives around suddenly need revising. While loyalties shift, decisions hover, and new relationships tempt, their challenge comes not only in remaking themselves, but in rebuilding their relationship with each other.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
BARBARA DELINSKY is the author of twenty-one New York Times bestselling books. She has been published in twenty-eight languages worldwide. A lifelong New Englander, Delinsky earned a B.A. in psychology at Tufts University and an M.A. in sociology at Boston College. She lives in Massachusetts with her husband, more books than she’ll ever be able to read, two tennis racquets, and enough electronic devices to keep in close touch with her children and their families.
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The book is fast moving and is a great summer read, especially if you enjoy watching house shows as much as I do!