|Project by Joedcatman||posted 11-15-2009 06:38 AM||5790 views||1 time favorited||11 comments|
I bought this solid brass ship’s wheel in Wakkanai Japan in 1970 from a scrap dealer for about $10.00. I have been moving it all around with me for the last 39 years. Finally, I decided to make it into a usable piece of furniture. The crossed feet are some kind of mahogany from wooden boat plank scraps discarded from a shipyard in Ballard WA. The upright is teak, mortised into the feet and wedge pinned underneath. I turned the handles from walnut and made the centerpiece to match. All wood parts were finished with 4 coats of teak oil.
Thank you Craigslist, I found the glass for the top, 42” diameter x 1/4” beveled plate for only $40.00
After only a week of polishing the brass, I pinned the handles on with 1/8” brass pins. The original handles were long lost but used copper pins. I think it turned out great. Any ideas what it might be worth on today’s market? I haven’t been able to find anything like it, even on the world wide web.
-- JoeR Nothing that I could make will ever be perfect but I'll use it anyway.