Oak Magnifying Glass

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Project by Jim posted 03-30-2009 02:40 AM 1404 views 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Inspired by Shannon Rogers recent post about using shop scraps for projects, I pulled this Oak cut off from the scrap bin and turned it into this magnifying glass. Many hours were spent forging the brass rim and making the glass lens from a pile of sand … just kidding … the brass and glass came from Lee Valley. Like Shannon I’ve started to reserve my small cut off’s for pens and other small lathe projects.

-- Jim in Langley BC Canada ---

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#1 posted 03-30-2009 03:22 AM

Very very pretty. the grain looks great and i love the finish. was this type of project hard to do? i haven’t done onbe of these before but was thinking about it. what type of fiinish did you use?

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#2 posted 03-30-2009 03:35 AM

It was harder than I thought because of the length of the blank. You needed to drill out the blank for the handle which is about 5”, which exceeded the stroke length for my drill press.

You can’t drill from both ends because they have to be perfectly lined up or the brass tube will not go through the center of the handle. I solved this by drilling as much as I could on the drill press and then finishing the rest with my cordless drill and a 7” bit, inserting it into the already drilled end of the stock and pushing through the last inch. The finish is standard woodturning polish.

-- Jim in Langley BC Canada ---

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#3 posted 03-30-2009 03:38 AM

Great project…terrific job. It’s always nice to and make such a nice piece out of scrap lumber.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#4 posted 03-30-2009 04:48 AM

Nice work. I’m a scrap saver, but I’m not a turner,yet. One thing I’ve been wondering about is the waste from hand cut dovetails? :-)) Jay Leno said to use his name to see what could be sold on Ebay. That’s about all i’ve come up with so far.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#5 posted 03-31-2009 04:26 AM

Looks good well done.


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