Protective Tube

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Project by Jim Jakosh posted 07-08-2015 02:35 AM 1423 views 2 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I recently bought a ring size mandrel and it was advertizes as ” silver metal”, which was really aluminum. I was worried that it would get dinged up rolling around in my tote when I take it to shows so I make this tube to keep it in. The tube is about 10 1/2” long and made from female box elder. I step drilled it before I turned it. It is drilled 10 ” deep from 1’.... down to 3/4”... down to 5/8”. I had no way for drilling the deep holes so I made some 15” long 3/4” and 5/8” drills by welding tubing onto to standard twist drills. They got the job done easily. The last 2 shots are the drilling operation. These are the only process shots I took.

Then I experimented with threading the box elder and it was too soft and tore up the threads each time I tried. So I bought some PVC threaded pieces and cut off the threads and glued them into the wood pieces and now the cap screws on.

It is finished with clear lacquer.

Cheers, Jim

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

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#1 posted 07-08-2015 02:50 AM

What’s some workshop you have there Jim, you always have just the right gear to get the job done, great result to look after new gear
cheers mate

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

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#2 posted 07-08-2015 02:59 AM

That’s pretty slick Jim!!!! I like the wood choice, a bit box out of box elder….slick.

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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#3 posted 07-08-2015 03:43 AM

You never cease to amaze me Jim, like the old saying, “Where there is a will there is a way”.
Great solution. And I love that FEMALE Box Elder. (Sorry mate, the devil made me do it.)
Thanks for sharing.

-- Bob, Western Australia, The Sun came up this morning, what a great start to the day. Now it's up to me to make it even better. I've cut this piece of wood 4 times and it's still too damn short.

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#4 posted 07-08-2015 04:27 AM

Cool idea for your drills Jim. I like the whole idea of the protective tube. Looks great. Can’t wait to start using some of my box elder.

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

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#5 posted 07-08-2015 05:20 AM

Very handy, custom holder, Jim!

-- God bless, Candy

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#6 posted 07-08-2015 09:34 AM

Jim, very well thought out…..looking at picture 2 I can see why you step drilled it…. the mandrel would now be snug and safe and won’t rattle around in the tube you created. Great engineering to lengthen the twist drills, it would have been a battle to create the tube without the extensions.
When you purchased the PVC threaded pieces did you insert the thread in the cap? As I could see also in picture 2 the thread inside the cap.
Great Project!!!!



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

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#7 posted 07-08-2015 09:52 AM

Great drill job and a nice looking sheath Jim. I’m sure you picked the best way to do this, but I’m surprised you didn’t drill it on your lathe with a Jacobs chuck.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#8 posted 07-08-2015 10:29 AM

Thank you all for the nice comments!! I was not sure I was going to pull this one off. The wood I stared with was only 1 3/8” thick. My plan was to use Forstner bits with the extension to drill this. Drilling end grain box elder made the bits heat up way too much- even with silicone on them., so I thought I’d better use twist drills. I used the Southbend lathe a lot for this one- turning down the drills to fit the tubing and boring out the PVC to get it right on to fit the wood parts.

Hi Dave. I hope you have some of this female box elder with the red in it.It is my favorite wood to turn.

Hi Mike. I rough turned it round in the lathe and it was held by this little glued on spigot because the 1 3/8 square is too small to turn a spigot to fit the chuck.I like to use the angle plate in the drill press because I have better control. The wall thickness is pretty thin and I’m afraid I would have twisted it in two in the lathe.
It is tucked away safely in the tote for now. Thanks for looking!!

cheers, Jim

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

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#9 posted 07-08-2015 11:33 AM

Nice one Jim. That’ll help protect it for sure

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#10 posted 07-08-2015 01:09 PM

wow, great idea

-- Joe, Ga

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#11 posted 07-08-2015 02:19 PM

Great idea and beautifully done, Jim.

Thanks for sharing it.

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#12 posted 07-08-2015 03:30 PM

Thanks Roger, Joe and Russ. This was a necessity but it turned out looking pretty good, too so I posted it.

Cheers, Jim

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

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#13 posted 07-08-2015 03:59 PM


What are you trying to make?

-- Please help me help other Vets click..> is always the right time, to do the right thing.

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#14 posted 07-08-2015 06:26 PM

Not only a great storage solution, but a very impressive job of deep drilling!

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

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#15 posted 07-08-2015 06:58 PM

Well thought out and fabricated Jim .
The PVC stuff comes in handy doesn’t it .


-- Kiefer

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