Weather Station

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I picked up the weather instruments from Lee Valley a while ago and have been keeping my eyes open for a piece of scrap wood that would be suitable to house them. Last week I found this piece of birds eye maple.

Being a cheap woodworker, I opted to not purchase a 2 1/2 Forstner bit to create the holes to house the instruments and decided to router the holes using a template circle. It worked, but I’m sure I would have a better fit if I just used the bit!

After that I used BLO to bring out the grain and applied my own wipe on poly to get a gloss sheen. I also put some wipe on poly on the back bark to stop it from peeling off. I had some issues with the wipe on poly, if you look very closely you can see a bit of a wavy pattern. According to Bob Flexner’s book its because of high humidity and realizing that I was using it in 80% plus humidity, I’m quickly realizing that Bob is a freaking genius when it comes to finishing!

I’ve decided to give this to my old man as a belated b-day present, this seems to be the kind of thing he would enjoy.

Critiques are more than welcome.

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#1 posted 1828 days ago

Cool looking Station.
I have a piece of string hanging outside the window… if it is swinging it is windy… if it is wet it is raining… if it is dry it is sunny and if I cant see it it is night..

-- Drink twice... and don't bother to cut... @ For lovers of all things timber...

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#2 posted 1828 days ago

nice wheather station and cool burl looks great

-- Custom furniture

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#3 posted 1828 days ago

Just one picture ??? Come on now…..snap a few more before you give it away : ) How big is that Burl ?

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

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#4 posted 1828 days ago

Its about 15 by 7. Sorry about the lack of pics, I had issues uploading.

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#5 posted 1828 days ago

Fantastic! Beautifull burl. Looks good from here.

Keep it up.


-- Scrap Wood's the best...the projects are smaller, and so is the mess!

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#6 posted 1828 days ago

Nicely done. Beautiful burl. Your Dad should like it very much.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#7 posted 1828 days ago

scrap wood??
wonderful display of the gauges
and al lover-ly gift for your Dad

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#8 posted 1530 days ago

Good job. I have the same set from Lee Valley, but haven’t done anything with it yet. Two reasons, I also don’t have a 2 1/2” forstner bit and I wasn’t happy with the wood and design I was coming up with. But, after seeing this. Well this changes everything. Now I’m thinking I should use an old piece of drift wood.

This site is great for ideas and inspiration. Thanks for this.

-- I'm a Fungi --

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#9 posted 1036 days ago

I just built the weather station kit from Woodcraft but I found that the gauges are plastic and not very nice. I’m thinking of upgrading the instruments to the ones from Lee Valley. Can you provide a little more detail on the instruments. Are they real glass and real metal or are they cheap plastic like the Woodcraft ones?

-- Will work for wood...

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