A gift for a friend

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Project by hairy posted 04-09-2009 06:56 PM 1515 views 2 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’m having too much fun with the lathe. This is walnut, thanks to Hurricane Ike.I cut it into a blank, microwaved it until it quit losing weight.The inside of the brass fitting has 2 dimensions. The threads are bigger than the sleeve for the copper tube. I cut it down so it’s a little thick, then thread the fitting onto the wood. Check the fit. I had to cut back the transition between the two for a tight fit. CA glue it on.I just use a file to shape the brass. Drill a hole. I check the size using a drill gauge, then drill one size smaller for a tight fit. I found out that drilling the hole the same size as the piece will result in a loose fit.Once the handle is shaped, I part it off, and use the tailstock to press in the point, with more CA glue.Sandpaper and tung oil is all that’s left.It took about an hour. Thanks for checking it out.

-- My reality check bounced...

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#1 posted 04-09-2009 07:39 PM

Nice awl, nice g i f t – - -

-- Nature is my manifestation of God. I go to nature every day for inspiration in the day's work. I follow in building the principles which nature has used in its domain" Frank Lloyd Wright

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#2 posted 04-09-2009 09:19 PM

great job on the project and the pictures : ) thanks so much

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#3 posted 04-09-2009 09:43 PM

Nice job, and thanks for the in process pics. These do make nice gifts!

-- Chris

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#4 posted 04-09-2009 10:01 PM

Nice. Love the brass fitting.

-- Alan, Prince George

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#5 posted 04-09-2009 10:14 PM

agreed, the brass fitting is a nice touch.

-- "I'm just a simple man trying to make my way in the universe." -- Jango Fett

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#6 posted 04-10-2009 06:52 PM

Nice looking tool. I have read the first microwaves were built to dry the wood for the Woody cars but have never tried using a microwave on wood. Do you have any special process or do you just put the wood in a regular microwave and turn on the heat?

-- Max - Birmingham, AL

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#7 posted 04-10-2009 11:21 PM

Google it. That’s what I did when I first heard of it. You will find a lot of information. I use an old one that I keep near the workbench. I have a digital scale, from Harbor Freight( I can recommend this HF tool) to keep track of the weight. I cook it for 1 minute on the quick minute setting – I don’t know if that’s high, low or whatever.Don’t let the wood get hot, and don’t get in too big a hurry. Google it, make up your mind from that.

Thanks to all for the encouragement.

-- My reality check bounced...

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