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Project by Dave Rutan posted 04-01-2016 10:24 AM 1205 views 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve waited over two months to post this project on this very appropriate day. Those of you who are Simpsons fans will appreciate this clip:

Others will get the explanation here: [link]

[Below] I began this project by opening up a cheap D cell battery and pulling out the carbon rod inside.

[Below] Then I chose a piece of wood to use. I’m pretty sure this is either poplar or maple. It’s definitely heavier and harder than pine.

[Below] Then I cleaned up the edges using the table saw. The faces had been planed clean previously.

[Below] Next I used my miter sled to cut out an isosceles triangle from the piece of wood.

[Below] Using my little home made brass square, I found and marked a dividing line from the base of the triangle to the apex.

[Below] I marked a spot just above the halfway point on that line.

[Below] Here I am measuring the rod to determine the required drill bit size for the hole.

[Below] I propped up the back of the triangle (the hypotenuse side) on a 1/2 inch drill bit along the fence to give the hole an angle. I drilled in about 1/4 inch deep.

[Below] Next I chamfered the upper edge of the piece carefully using my router table.

[Below] A spray coat of black paint came next. The idea being to paint the chamfered edges black.

[Below] Next, using my random orbit sander I sanded the black paint off of all the faces except for the chamfered edges.

[Below] The last thing to do was a thorough coating of spray lacquer! (bottom side up in photo.)

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!





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#1 posted 04-01-2016 01:56 PM

Oh I got the reference soon as I saw the title!
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#2 posted 04-01-2016 02:11 PM

Sometimes my references can be pretty obscure.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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#3 posted 04-01-2016 02:13 PM

I feel your pain Dave …
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#4 posted 04-03-2016 01:04 AM

Oh Dave Dave, what are we going to do with you?

Any way give yourself a round of aplause !! tee hee

-- Regards Robert

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#5 posted 04-03-2016 01:35 AM



Oh Dave Dave, what are we going to do with you?

Any way give yourself a round of aplause !! tee hee

- robscastle

Occasionally I’m just a little trouble maker.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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#6 posted 04-03-2016 02:02 AM

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#7 posted 04-05-2016 05:33 AM

If you do not have fun in the workshop maybe you should not be there

-- Regards Robert

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