Teleidoscope #2

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Project by Jim Jakosh posted 07-21-2014 11:44 PM 1718 views 7 times favorited 33 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my second Teleidoscope. I started with 3 pieces of 1 3/4X 10 mirrors taped together in a triangle.Then I selected this piece of red box elder for the tube and bored it to clear the mirrors. I machined the ends to hold the eyepiece and the crystal ball and then I fluted it. During the final turning and the fluting a lot of voids appeared… some that went all the way through to the bore. At that point I was going to throw it away and start over but I decided to fill the voids with black epoxy and keep going.Then I dropped the mirrors on the concrete floor and luckily there was only a chip on the back end and it did not show so I kept going.

The ends are jarrah and the eyepiece is solid brass. I am told that first surface mirrors look much better than back surface mirrors but the back surface ones are what I had so I used them. It is all glued together so they cannot be changed.

The ball is 1.948 Diameter and the opening in the eyepiece is .900”. It is 3 3/8” Diameter and 13 1/4” long.

The 4th shot is a typical pattern looking out into the back yard with all the grass The 5th shot is the boring to 2 1/8” and the last shot is the fluting setup with the plunge router. I did not add the ugly shot showing all the black epoxy areas. This did not turn out pretty but I wanted one to use in the new sun room. It works!

All the wood parts are 3 step buffed and waxed.
Here is the ugly shot! I just found out from Cricket how to put in photos without using photobucket

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

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#1 posted 07-21-2014 11:56 PM

Interesting project…

I always thought one of those would be fun to make…

Good Luck playing with it…

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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#2 posted 07-22-2014 12:00 AM

Looks GREAT Jim. Love these gadgets.

-- Mike, Missouri --- “A positive life can not happen with a negative mind.” ---

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#3 posted 07-22-2014 12:00 AM

Supper cool! Takes me back to my childhood, but the ones back then where no where as nice as your project. Thanks for sharing.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#4 posted 07-22-2014 12:08 AM

wow jim, this is one very cool project, im always so impressed with your turning abilities…this is one beautiful scope…

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#5 posted 07-22-2014 12:20 AM

Fantastic job all around Jim. I wish I had the talent for this and understood it more. Great fluting work. Sure brings back memories.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#6 posted 07-22-2014 12:39 AM

You always like to get us thinking Jim :)
This is a beautie mate & looks like a lot of fun to make. Well done
Hey I like your router set up, might copy that one day if you don’t mind

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#7 posted 07-22-2014 01:00 AM

Jim well done. Always like your work

-- Ron Campbell

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#8 posted 07-22-2014 02:22 AM

You are never to old to enjoy looking though one of these. Great job Jim.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#9 posted 07-22-2014 03:37 AM

Mighty cool Jim !

-- Eric, central Florida

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#10 posted 07-22-2014 03:46 AM

Nice looking scope, Jim, I never heard of the term. Is teleidescope a new word ?

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#11 posted 07-22-2014 05:19 AM

Nice job Jim

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

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#12 posted 07-22-2014 07:20 AM

Even your FAILs are beautiful, Jim! One of these is still on my TO DO List. Interesting router set up you have to do the fluting with. Thanks for sharing.

-- God bless, Candy

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#13 posted 07-22-2014 07:41 AM

I’ve never heard of a Teleidoscope before Jim and I think this is very cool since you can have such a variety of ‘scenes’ with it. I also liked your router jig for your lathe. It looks very well built and accurate. I really enjoyed this post a lot.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#14 posted 07-22-2014 09:29 AM

Funny project. Nice equipment!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#15 posted 07-22-2014 10:48 AM

G’day Jim, As with Mike…...stefang…....I also had never heard of a Teleidoscope…..I had seen a Kaleidoscope which has many pieces of cut glass of all shapes and sizes and when the cylinder is held up to the light, you peer through from the end of the cylinder and slowly rotate it and there are these incredible designs appear that can never be repeated as the bits and pieces are continually being rearranged.

So Jim, please excuse my ignorance, but what is a Teleidoscope? It sounds like it is the Cousin to a Kaleidoscope, but different from the viewing perspective?
Beautiful wood. You mentioned Jarrah? Is that the Australian Jarrah?



-- Cliff Australia : Snoring is good. It blows away all the Sawdust.

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