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Weather Station II: The Bubinga Chronicles

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Project by newTim posted 04-11-2009 05:28 AM 1747 views 5 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So here is the first variation on the theme. Bubinga w/ ebony. Four coats of GF Satin Oil/Poly Top Coat, and one coat of micro wax buffed to a sheen. The wings on WS II are thicker, 7/8”, wider, and on a 20 degree inward angle (versus 12 degrees). They are also further apart, 1 1/2”, which is the diameter of the Galileo. The top is smaller and the base larger. I don’t like it as much as the original. I thought the original may have been top heavy but on further review I think it is better looking. Opinions?

Next are jatoba/ebony and mahogany/ebony. I think I’ll put the wings 1 1/8” apart on 15 degree angles. The inner and outer top and bottom will be symmetrical. I like the pivoting action on the top and the magnets work great (see blog).

Oh yeah before I forget. I’m making a couple of changes to the template used to line up the wings for drilling and will apply glue and dowels upon drilling the through holes (versus breaking it down for sanding before final assembly). I’m also going to make the templates in reverse so gravity works more in my favor. You’ll see. I’m going to try to apply finish to all the parts before glue up.

-- tim hill www.newcalshop.com





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brianinpa

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#1 posted 04-11-2009 03:03 PM

Very nice pieces and a great design.

-- Brian, Lebanon PA, If you aren’t having fun doing it, find something else to do.

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cabinetmaster

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#2 posted 04-11-2009 03:11 PM

I like the design of both of the weather stations. I think Rick has a good point. I would think one with pictures in it would look cool too. Now my question. Where do you get your parts for the station and the galileo? I have never seen a WS with the galileo in it and you have given me a great idea for a WS of my own.

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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newTim

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#3 posted 04-11-2009 04:10 PM

The galileo, barometer, hygrometer, and clock comes as a kit. The Highlander Weather Station from Woodcraft for about $40. It comes with plans for another design. You can see pictures on Lumberjocks. Search both keywords ‘weather’ and ‘weather station’ under Projects/View More Tags. I added a round thermometer which is redundant since you have the Galileo. I just thought it would be interesting to compare readings.

Re pictures. Great idea. You could put three instruments on one wing and pictures on the other. I think you can also get smaller diameter instruments (Google weather instruments or components). Klockit has a bunch and there are a lot of products for Marine use.

It is a fun little project you can do in a day or do several at the same time.

-- tim hill www.newcalshop.com

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Dusty56

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#4 posted 04-11-2009 09:14 PM

I think you did a great job on your WS .: )
my versions so far …..I don’t know if I’ll try Bubinga at the present price unless I get a committed customer.
http://lumberjocks.com/projects/9902
http://lumberjocks.com/projects/8610
http://lumberjocks.com/projects/8611
http://lumberjocks.com/projects/8613

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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newTim

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#5 posted 04-11-2009 10:15 PM

Thanks all, and thanks Dusty56. I had already added your stations to my favorites. I’m trying to get the same quality of finish you achieved. Thanks for the links. I’m working on statons #3 & #4 and finished the templates this morning. I plan to post a 2nd blog on this project as I’ve made some changes to the template design and order of work.

If anyone makes these please post pictures. Especially if you’ve added some new design features discussed above.

-- tim hill www.newcalshop.com

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cabinetmaster

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#6 posted 04-12-2009 02:39 AM

Thanks Tim. I’ll check them all out and see if I can get some parts ordered. When I do one I’ll post some pictures.

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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newTim

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#7 posted 04-12-2009 06:50 AM

Anyone interested, I just started a new blog series for the next generation. http://lumberjocks.com/newTim/blog/8317

-- tim hill www.newcalshop.com

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