|Project by Thinkerf||posted 07-11-2016 05:35 PM||382 views||2 times favorited||7 comments|
This project was inspired by a friend of mine who seen something similar on the internet and asked if I thought I could build one…I was a little skeptical at first but let my pride get the better of me and decided to take it on. Luckily it turned out not bad and the owner was pleased with the results – thank heavens!! I did have a lot of help from one of my fellow woodworkers – ToughCut, who fabricated the centre pole.
The main frame is made from solid 6/4 dark walnut with solid maple platters. The top and bottom framing inserts are walnut veneer 3/4” solid core and the back is 1/4 ” walnut veneer particle board. The pole is made of walnut and maple laminated in 4” x 4” square blocks about 30” long. The blocks were then put on a lathe and turned to almost their finished diameter and then cut into 1” segments (see photo). Segments where they given a 1/4 twist and re-glued back into a solid pole thus giving the “spiral” affect. Poles were put back on the lathe and turned to their finished diameters and sanded. The bearings on the top and bottom are standard 4” lazy susan bearings. The two lights added as an afterthought actually accent the piece very well. They are 1 watt flush mount LEDs with the transformer being mounted in the base. The wiring from the transformer in the base to the lights up top was laid in a 1/4” x 1/4” dado cut into the 1/2” rabbet on the back edge for the back board. A small push button switch was added on the top of the unit at the back.
The whole project was finished with 3 coats of Tung oil and then buffed with finishing wax. It was a challenging project but interesting and it makes a great looking storage with a very small footprint. It holds 10 cues.