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Obelisks #2: Making an obelisk incense burner

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Blog entry by Jim Jakosh posted 12-19-2012 05:56 PM 2240 reads 4 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Here are the steps I used to make an obelisk incense burner. I selected a 3 1/2” square by 7” long piece of pretty wood. Box elder in this case.

I made a drawing to scale and then had to plan the steps in the process so I did not get ahead of my self because it would be impossible to do some of the steps out of order. Being an incense burner it need air flow to keep the cone burning. I started with the top vent holes while the block was whole. 4 -3/16 holes on a 3/4” circle. They had to be deep enough to reach the recess. I bored the top and bottom for the brass inserts that were not yet made for this photo. I relieved the bottom all around for air to circulate from the bottom up

Then I sliced off the back, saving on the one piece on the back with the same grain pattern that will be the hinge.

I milled the pocket for the hinge while the block was in one piece and then I sliced it across to make the two halves.

The hinge was cut out and the pivot pin was installed before the haves were glued together. Then I milled it to fit the pocket and did some preliminary shaping and glued it into the two halves.

With the hinge on, I added two brass pins and bushing to align the halves and serve as a latch for closing.
I took the other 3 cuts to form the obelisk.

I added a brass sleeve in the top to keep the wood from burning and a removable brass insert in the bottom to hold the incense and also keep it away from the wood. The bottom piece has 7- 3/6” hole through to the bottom for air and one 1/8” hole and pin to keep the vent holes aligned.

I had to wait for the incense to come in the mail today to finish this project and this little bugger works very well!

Enjoy….........................Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!



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#1 posted 12-19-2012 06:02 PM

Awesome, just awesome.
That looks incredible.

Steve

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#2 posted 12-19-2012 08:55 PM

thanks

-- Joel

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#3 posted 12-19-2012 10:16 PM

Very nice…

It didn’t look really hard to do…
... a very unique piece…

Smells good too… I’ll bet…

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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#4 posted 12-19-2012 10:38 PM

Thanks for sharing Jim, might have a go with ply.

-- Bob C, Australia. I love sharing as long as it is not my tools

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#5 posted 12-20-2012 12:16 AM

nifty

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#6 posted 12-20-2012 05:13 AM

Jim a very nice wee project

the wooden hinges are a nice touch

-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#7 posted 12-20-2012 08:52 AM

Good one Jim!!
That will look so cool with wisps of smoke rising from the vent holes!
I like the way you engineered the air-flow through it too,
I’ll bet it has a nice little draft going on…
and a wooden hinge to boot!!
Well Done my Friend!!

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#8 posted 12-22-2012 09:23 PM

I must try one. They look like a good challenge.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#9 posted 12-27-2012 01:43 AM

Outstanding Jim!! You are quite the engineer my friend!

Thanks for sharing

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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#10 posted 12-30-2012 02:56 AM

Thank you all for all the nice comments. I hope you enjoyed the build photos as much as I did to make the parts. It is wrapped up as a gift for my daughter in March…..........Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#11 posted 12-30-2012 09:24 AM

Thanks for sharing the wonderful worksharing…

-- Lathe and my imagination will do everything to realize my dreams...Vanzemaljac

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#12 posted 01-02-2013 11:49 AM

Always such a pleasure to see you work, it seems so simple in your hands.
I will look now at the post.
Happy newyear,
Mads

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#13 posted 01-07-2013 03:18 AM

And a happy new year to you, Mads!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#14 posted 01-07-2013 07:50 PM

Smiles here.

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#15 posted 05-04-2013 12:45 AM

I stopped at my daughter’s house when we got back to Mich. and she uses the burner all the time. I bought her 300 cones to go with it. It smokes so neatly out the top!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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