Acme Bomb

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Project by thresher posted 10-25-2015 08:19 PM 1447 views 8 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was inspired by Wile E. Coyote to make an Acme Bomb, a dark theme I’ve done before. I started by roughing out the 2” thick lid and then the 2” glued up stock for the bowl, inside and out. I let the project sit for 3 weeks and then mounted the lid to the bowl with a long 3/8” bolt after careful grain matching, for final rounding. Turning a perfect sphere was more difficult than I imagined, even with a twice turning technique. After the second turning I finished hollowing without the lid. I then remounted the lid inverted to the chuck, again using a 3/8” bolt, to finish the inside of the lid and groove it for the two 4” x 3/16” o-rings. I counted on the lid to still oval a tiny bit and after some shimming with narrow strips of masking tape under the o-rings I was able to get a very snug fit with a 60 degree twist of the lid. I plugged mounting holes with padauk and used a 5 coat tung oil finish with #0000 steal wool. The fuse is a standard tiki torch wick.
Hot Tamales candy seemed appropriate.

-- Bryan - Be one with the wood, lignescent Zen.

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Jim Jakosh

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#1 posted 10-25-2015 08:40 PM

Outstanding!! I love the wood and the finish you obtained on it!!

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

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#2 posted 10-25-2015 10:57 PM

That’s a neat idea and hope the candy doesn’t blow you away. Great job!

-- Rosewood59 Woodworking --

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#3 posted 10-25-2015 11:45 PM

Very nice job.
When I was a little kid [now 66] we would go to the drive in and see Wile E. Coyote and I don’t know why but I always had it in my head he was a rabbet???
You didn’t need to know that did you. LOL

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#4 posted 10-26-2015 12:01 AM

I love it! Great wood and finish.

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

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#5 posted 10-26-2015 04:24 PM

A sphere is something I’m going to try someday, hope I can do as nice a job. Great finish on it as well.

-- John, Sunshine Coast, BC, Canada.

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#6 posted 10-27-2015 12:03 AM

Awesome, I need to learn how to turn….

-- BD, where bad wood finds a home. Va

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Mark Wilson

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#7 posted 01-21-2016 06:47 PM

That you filled it with Red Hots is absolutely poetic. I salute you, sir.

-- Mark

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