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Solstice Wall – Making the Circles More Circular

January 14, 2024

By: Lee LeFever

I write books and run a company called Common Craft. I recently moved from Seattle to a rural island. Here, I write about online business, book publishing, modern home construction, and occasionally, dumb jokes.

This article was published as an issue of my newsletter Ready for Rain

The design of the Solstice Wall involves two 6′ circles. The circles will be made of strips of plywood, what I call “rays”. Sachi and I had a number of discussions about how to manipulate the rays to be more circular. She had the idea of shaping the end of each ray to reflect the flow of the circle’s curve.

This direction meant that each ray needed to be cut to have a unique curve. After some experiments, I used the same chalk and thread to draw the curved lines on each ray.

The lines looked great. I was ready to start cutting.

I’m pretty good with a miter saw, but this project tested my ingenuity. The problem was the flat angles that the saw didn’t make easy. I built little jigs and used clamps to keep the wood in place while cutting (not pictured).

Once it was all done, I placed the rays on the panels and experienced the circles with a more elegant look. Sachi was right.

Here’s a short time lapse video of the process:

I’m sharing this process on social media. Follow along!

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