Magnifing Glass

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Project by DTWoodknot posted 10-08-2009 03:40 AM 2488 views 9 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I built this adjustable magnifing glass out of reclaimed oak, around a glass I found in a pile stuff that was left to be dispposed of during the demolition of old class rooms as part of a middle school remodel. The oak came from the same remodel it had been used for shelfs in the library closest. Most of the boards were 7/8” thick X 36” long glued up to be 12” to 14” wide the wood was painted or stained so after sanding and planing I had some nice 3/4 stock, no dought it is a little work but it was free! I’m only 1/2 way thru my stash and have made many projects out it. This was a fun project I design it myself, it is great for detail work

-- Dave, I wood if I could but I can't so I woodknot

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#1 posted 10-08-2009 03:59 AM

That’s both an incredibly novel project and a beautiful job building it.

Really, really nice!

-- -- Neil

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#2 posted 10-08-2009 04:05 AM

I Need a pair of those .. one for each eye. Nice job.

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#3 posted 10-08-2009 04:05 AM

What’s the finish? I like it.

-- "A man may conduct himself well in both adversity and good fortune, but if you want to test his character, give him power." - Abraham Lincoln

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#4 posted 10-08-2009 04:24 AM

thanks Guys! I had the glass for 5 years before final build this my motivation was a trip to the eye doctor were I got my first pair of reading glasses, JJ I used minwax red oak stain and several coats of satin polly.

-- Dave, I wood if I could but I can't so I woodknot

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#5 posted 10-08-2009 05:01 AM

Very useful tool at the bench. Well done.

-- John @

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#6 posted 10-08-2009 11:06 AM

What a cool thing!! There are times when I could sure use one of those… Nice Job, Dave!

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#7 posted 10-08-2009 12:50 PM

Beautifully done and very useful. I have a mag glass with a light, but I don’t use it too much because with it I can see all the defects in my work! That probably won’t be problem for you.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#8 posted 10-08-2009 03:16 PM

Very good use of reclaimed materials – way to go green..

Thanks for sharing

-- Scotty - aka... SgtSnafu - Randleman NC

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#9 posted 10-08-2009 03:54 PM

Man point that thing towards the sky. I’m sure you could see every detail of the moon.

-- If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail!

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#10 posted 10-08-2009 06:05 PM

Very nice!!!!
How large is the glass and where did you get it?

-- Only the Shadow knows....................

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#11 posted 10-09-2009 06:01 PM

What a super tool you created! Looks very functional, nice large size, easy controls. Very cool…......................

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#12 posted 10-10-2009 12:14 AM

Great Idea

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#13 posted 10-11-2009 03:51 PM

I got the glass on the same demo job in the science wing it is amazing what get tossed out during a renovation.

-- Dave, I wood if I could but I can't so I woodknot

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#14 posted 03-17-2013 01:38 AM

Great work in design and assembly of recycled parts!


-- Tom

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