So here’s the finished version. I applied two coats of GF Seal-A-Cell along with two GF top coats and a coat of wax with a lot of rubbing. First some bad news/good news. If you read my previous blog entry “I am repelled” I went through the process of fixing the magnet mistake. Well here’s another little oversight. The temperature tags on the balloons in the Galileo are metal. That’s the bad news. The good news is they are outside the range of the magnets in the top. But this is something I should have checked and will plan for in the future. Yet another lesson that only gets learned by doing. The magnets are, however, working better than I expected. The top almost snaps in to place and is held tight enough. More notes below…
I purchased the Highlander Kit from Woodcraft which includes the Galileo, a barometer, hygrometer, and a clock. I added a thermometer as a seperate purchase to add balance and to be able to compare to the Galileo.
Overall I’m happy with the design, but plan to make some small changes on the next version. First I think this design may look a little top heavy so I will probably make the new top smaller and thinner. The wings are a good width but I plan to make them thicker, 7/8” to 1”. This might also serve to balance out the top so I may not have to resize it after all. I also plan to increase the space between (in the middle of) the two wings. This one is 1”, the Galileo is 1 1/2” in diameter so I’m thinking about increasing the space to 1 1/2”. In the prototype I drilled the 2 3/4” holes for the instruments all the way through and did not like the look from the back. I’m happy with the smaller holes so that was a good change. I might try to figure out a way to add a small drawer or hidden space somewhere to store a spare clock battery and the instructions for the Galileo. And, of coarse, I need to re-think the magnets. Maybe just space them out farther or use one set.
This was a fun little project and will be as functional as it is attractive, IMO at least. As always I welcome any and all suggestions, comments, criticisms, etc. you may wish to offer.
We shall not cease from exploration. And the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time. T.S. Eliot
-- tim hill www.newcalshop.com