|Project by Joedcatman||posted 01-02-2010 01:19 AM||2755 views||1 time favorited||16 comments|
This project was quite a challenge to me. After I heard about the winter 2010 project contest, I really did some deep thinking about what Yin and Yang meant to me. I thought of a US Flag, cutting boards, boxes, crosses and about 476 other things, and then it came to me… equality. It would challenge my abilities and use much more than one woodworking skill. I have never seen another anything like it.
This scale (24” tall and 24” wide) represents to me, the balance of all things, light and dark and a shade between (but the difference is small). The base and the scale plates are walnut and maple. The upright post and the balancing arm are maple and purpleheart. I made the Yin Yang symbol on the top of the post from maple and walnut to match the base. The post and the plates were turned on a 1970’s Craftsman lathe. The Yin Yang symbol on the top was cut on my band saw and sanded by hand to fit. I drilled and fitted dowels in the symbol and used a bamboo dowel for the balance point for the scale beam. The beam itself is maple inlaid with purpleheart. The cut through the post for the beam was drilled then hand chiseled and filed rectangular to allow smooth movement of the scale. The pointer is simply pressed onto the bamboo pivot and has a brass indicator for center mounted to the post to indicate equal weight on either side of the scale. The finish is 4 coats of hand-rubbed teak oil and three coats of Johnsons Paste Wax.
If you have never tried to make two identical plates, one at a time, using a back plate glued to the wood stock then finish them to precisely balance, you will never know the challenge of equality.
I have always liked the contrast of light and dark wood in any project and now I am proud to present my representation of the balance of light and dark, Yin and Yang, as it comes together to represent a single concept… equality.
I know there are many, many other LumberJocks out there with skills and abilities far superior to mine. I am willing to learn as I hope this project shows. This was probably the most challenging woodworking project that I have ever tried. I welcome any advice or criticism, constructive or otherwise.
I might add; the only thing I purchased specifically for this project was the chain and the 8 brass eye screws. The wood I had scrounged and inherited over the years. WOW, I enjoyed building this, now if I just knew what to do with it!
-- JoeR Nothing that I could make will ever be perfect but I'll use it anyway.