|Project by JerryL||posted 2317 days ago||2054 views||5 times favorited||10 comments|
This project was for a member of my astronomy club. He bought the tube for a song and needed a portable base. The construction is all 3/4” home store oak plywood. The top of the tube stands about 6” tall when pointed straight up so this thing isn’t small.
I didn’t feel like throwing in the hours of finishing I knew it would take to complete the scope so one weekend I sent my buddy home with a bunch of cutout parts, sandpaper, stain, and a quart of laquer. Four weeks later we put it together in the basement to avoid the heat in the garage.
All of the components are dowelled together. The finished result was surprisingly sturdy. At one point my friend asked if the box holding the tube would be sturdy enough to hold the 30 pound tube assembly. I simply responded by putting it on the ground and bouncing up and down on it. ‘Nuf said ;-).
The Yen/Yang was cut out with a saber saw and with a circle jig on the router table and dressed up with sanding. The white outline is a 1/8” router groove filled with epoxy colored with white paint – I picked that one up from the Woodsmith video podcast. It worked great!
Thanks for looking!
-- Jerry L.