Wooden Rockets

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Project by Hacksaw007 posted 10-12-2009 12:58 AM 5332 views 11 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Made these wooden rockets on my mini Carba-Tech lathe (which I now have 3 of). The two colored rockets are made of colorwood from Rutland Plywood with walnut wings, and the tall one is cherry wood, with walnut fins also. I tried this several time on how to cut for the fins. A few went into the stove after they were ruined. Cutting the fins were hard at first. I first cut the fin grooves on the square, on my table saw and then turned them. Dangerous at best. But this allowed the turning process to tearout the grooves. Then I deceided to cut the grooves for the fins after turing. I made a jig for my table saw and a marking line to see where to cut the #2, 3, and 4th grooves. I added a stop block to my table saw to only let the jig go so far onto the saw blade. Final sanded the rocket after the grooves were sawed. Then I used the saw blade to mark out the round for the fin on a thin board of the wood that I was going to use. I cut the round out and inserted it into the saw cut. Minor adjustments are made to make sure that the fin goes into the cut correctly. Then I hand drawed the first fin out as I wanted it, cut it out and made the final adjustments to it. When I was happy with that first fin, I cut the others. 3 fins are easier, than 4 but 4 can be done and made to set nice also with a little hand work on the bottoms of the fins. I sprayed all these rockets with 2-3 coats of conversion varnish. They are very smooth and are eye turners. However, not good toys for the young. the fins are the width of the saw blade kerf. So easy to break off. Mine are setting the shelf. I want to make one that looks like a sub torpedo. Big enough for a pen and pencil set for on a desk…...

-- For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:16

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#1 posted 10-12-2009 01:24 AM

Great designs! I love ‘em.

-- Bob A in NJ

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#2 posted 10-12-2009 02:30 AM

Those are really good! I might try it. Thanks for showing them.

-- My reality check bounced...

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#3 posted 10-12-2009 02:34 AM

They can be practical too. If you need to darn a sock, the blunt one would make a great darning egg.

-- Hal, Tennessee

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#4 posted 10-12-2009 03:18 AM

What a neat idea i beat kids love them

-- you must live for something or die for nothing (rambo)

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#5 posted 10-12-2009 04:22 AM

Nicely done and explained how to… thanks.

I can hear the count down to lift off.

-- Al H. - small shop, small projects...

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#6 posted 10-12-2009 05:10 AM

these look fun!

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#7 posted 10-12-2009 06:24 AM

Great turnings. Very imaginative!

Thanks for the how to also.

Keep it up.


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

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#8 posted 10-12-2009 06:23 PM

Fun and neat

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#9 posted 10-12-2009 06:31 PM

Buy a kid a $300.00 video gaming system and watch their brains melt. Build them a wooden rocket and set their immaginations in motion. A+++

-- Directions are just the Manufacturer's opinion on how something should be assembled. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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#10 posted 10-12-2009 06:34 PM

Look like they’re ready to take off.

-- Bruce from Central New, if you'll pardon me, I have some sawdust to make.

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#11 posted 10-12-2009 07:39 PM

Love these rockets. Takes me back to my childhood.

HalDougherty: I don’t know that many will know what a darning egg is in our throw away society; but I definitely see it.

-- Gary D. Stoughton, WI

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#12 posted 03-28-2010 02:06 PM

well I for one can honestly say that I have no idea what a darning egg is, but I know what my darn socks are :)

really though, these are wonderful! Yet another thing on my wish list :) thanks so much for sharing!

-- Dale, Oregon

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#13 posted 11-25-2011 08:24 PM

I like them.
Here is a photo of some rockets I made. Burl works great.

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