Inspired by of some of Olafur Eliasson’s lights and the Pentagonal Hexecontahedron shared here, I designed my own version in Fusion 360. I have also wanted to try to learn a little about marquetry and decided now was the time.
The frame has no glue and is held together with 600 M3 bolts. Each face plate is a coaster that is held to the frame with magnets embedded below the veneer. The designs are all inspired by a trip through Europe that my wife and I were lucky enough to take with our dogs before the pandemic; each plate is a different stop on our trip (plus one for each of the three pups). The back of each coaster has the name of the city or town (also in marquetry). I am still learning about marquetry and creating these designs taught me a lot. There are loads of chips, scratches, and other learning things… but still fun to do. No banana handy for scale; each coaster is approximately 10.4 by 12.5 cm (4” wide * 5” high). The whole thing is about 40cm (16”) high.
The final hexacontahedron is made of
452 birch ply pieces in the frame
60 birch ply coaster plates
300 Magnets (five magnets in each plate)
1500 pieces of veneer. Approximately.
600 8mm steel M3 bolts
600 M3 nuts
300 sticky rubber feet (for the coasters)
so… about 3800 parts.