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Thought not made from wood. It was made with all my standard woodworking tools. These wires are from a 25 pair telephone cable that was discarded at the office. It just didn’t seem right to toss them!

Out of the mold

I poured 15 ounces of epoxy into a mold with the cables. Here is the next day.

Drilling the inside diameter

At the drill press I bored a large hole for the inside of the bracelet. (2 5/8”)

Cutting Corners

Taking off the corners makes for faster work on the lathe.

After rough turning, it’s all about the sanding

After a quick turning to a smooth cylinder, I started sanding it… and sanding it…

Polishing

I wet sanded up to 400grit then switched to my high grit polishing pads. 1200 grit to 12000 grit! It’s a long process!

The outside completed

I still had to sand the inside… but I did that by hand. It took an hour or so.

Completed Bracelet

I love the look with the wires and exposed cooper! Thanks for looking!

-- Peter Brown - Collector of WD-40 and wood splinters





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andy6601

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#1 posted 10-13-2014 05:41 PM

really cool! I like it, and that opens up a whole realm of possibilties of things you could make.

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Peter Brown

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#2 posted 10-13-2014 06:07 PM

Thanks!! Yeah, it’s amazing what you can imbed in resin/epoxy

-- Peter Brown - Collector of WD-40 and wood splinters

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mcoyfrog

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#3 posted 10-13-2014 06:41 PM

thats awesome, what kind of epoxy did you use?

i wonder … does the exposed copper get caught on anything or is it nice and smooth

either way its very kewl to look at I dig it…

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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Peter Brown

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#4 posted 10-13-2014 06:44 PM

Thanks!

I used West System epoxy because I had it on hand, but I think casting resin from the hobby store would be a better choice.

The inside is smooth as a baby rumpus. I had one wire that was loose and kept poking so I used tweezers to pull it from it’s plastic casing. Some have suggested that the epoxy might wear away with use thus causing the wires to protrude. I’m honestly not sure…

-- Peter Brown - Collector of WD-40 and wood splinters

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Ronald G Campbell

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#5 posted 10-14-2014 12:38 AM

Hey thanks for the post. This is a cool project

-- Ron Campbell https://www.facebook.com/ronald.g.campbell

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drewpy

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#6 posted 10-14-2014 04:31 AM

Cool.

-- Drew in Ohio -- "The greatest wealth is health".

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robscastle

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#7 posted 10-14-2014 08:55 AM

Just the shot for being able to work without being disturbed by the phone ringing !!

Oh wait I forgot the cell/mobile network

I want you to now to read up on the colour coding on the wire and amaze everybody !!

Copper I am told has good medicinal properties so do not be too concerned about protruding wires.

Of a more important issue is the exposed area allowing water to penetrrate and ruin your good work.

Nice post !!

I think I saw a wood particle there somewhere!!

History: On working phone lines once all the connections were made we used a two part epoxy pack which was very similar to what you used to encapsulate the joint from the environment. it worked really well!

-- Regards Robert

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murch

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#8 posted 10-14-2014 10:35 AM

Super unique – could be the start of a fashion craze. You’re going to be rich.

-- A family man has photos in his wallet where his money used to be.

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Jim Jakosh

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#9 posted 10-14-2014 01:23 PM

Outta sight!!!!!!!!!! I love it!!

I should try that but my West System turns red. My hardener is 15 yrs old but it still holds very well.
That gives me an idea of encapsulating other things in there as well. I would just need a little mold.

Thanks for the idea!!...............Jim

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

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CarterR

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#10 posted 10-14-2014 01:37 PM

This is great. I just started using west system epoxy to fill voids and cracks in wood. I love using it and have been thinking of other things I can do with it. This looks like a winner.

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489tad

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#11 posted 10-14-2014 03:05 PM

Made me look. Pretty cool. Options, different color sawdust.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#12 posted 10-14-2014 04:15 PM

Looks really nice. Lot of opportunities. Thanks

-- earthartandfoods.com

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Derek Oliver

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#13 posted 10-14-2014 04:30 PM

Most turners have the ” I wonder if I can turn that” bug. I think you have been infected not only with this bug but also the ” I wonder if I can use epoxy on this” bug. Great job.

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mcoyfrog

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#14 posted 10-14-2014 06:41 PM

Kewl thanks for the info Peter, hee hee I just noticed your WD 40 comment,,,

I actually have a can in the shop from early 1970’s it was in one of dad’s old tool boxes that hadn’t been open in years because it was with some other stuff in storage. It even still has some juice in it LOL

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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Peter Brown

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#15 posted 10-14-2014 08:22 PM



History: On working phone lines once all the connections were made we used a two part epoxy pack which was very similar to what you used to encapsulate the joint from the environment. it worked really well!

- robscastle

Thanks!!
I have a bunch of wire splicers which are just a metal spike with epoxy sealed inside. Works great for outside junction box!

-- Peter Brown - Collector of WD-40 and wood splinters

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