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Project by Jim Jakosh posted 04-07-2017 06:34 PM 1539 views 8 times favorited 33 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a teleidescope I started last December and finished today. It is made from chestnut wood with a brass eyepiece and a Brazilian rosewood ball keeper. It is 1 3/4” diameter and 10” long with 24 flutes running about half the length. On this one I use 3 1/8”x1”x8” first surface mirrors and don’t really see a whole lot of difference from standard mirrors I used in the first one I made 3 yrs ago. I need to make a box for this one yet.

It is finished with Danish Oil and 3 stage buffed and waxed.

You get some real cool images when you turn it or swing around with it. The difference between this and a kaleidoscope is that this scope makes patterns out of what you see around you instead of some colored chips loaded into the front of it like a kaleidoscope. I enclosed 2 shots of what you see with it.

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#1 posted 04-07-2017 06:44 PM

Nice job on this Jim. Appreciate the work that went into it.

-- Jim, Georgia, USA

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#2 posted 04-07-2017 06:54 PM

Wow! Jim, this is one of the nicest projects that I have seen. It looks like a piece out of the 18th century. Beautiful work!

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#3 posted 04-07-2017 06:55 PM

My first time laying my eyes on one of these. I’m amazed at how nice this looks. The flutes, the wood and how well it’s made! Awesome work Jim!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#4 posted 04-07-2017 07:23 PM

Very well designed and made. Also interesting to those of us unfamiliar with those.

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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#5 posted 04-07-2017 07:28 PM

Really cool

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#6 posted 04-07-2017 08:06 PM

Fantastic construction. The owner will certainlt enjoy it to the fullest.

-- Russell Pitner Hixson, TN 37343

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#7 posted 04-07-2017 08:15 PM

That’s awesome, Jim!

Where did you get the plans??

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#8 posted 04-07-2017 08:28 PM

Very nicely done Jim.

-- John, British Columbia, Canada

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#9 posted 04-07-2017 08:41 PM

beautiful work Jim

-- bambi

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#10 posted 04-07-2017 10:09 PM

Super COOL, Jim!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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#11 posted 04-07-2017 10:11 PM

Thanks for the schooling Jim. That’s one awesome looking job you did and the flutes came out excellent.. Your index wheel is paying off.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#12 posted 04-07-2017 10:16 PM

A fine job on an old toy, was the parts part of a kit. I remember playing with one of these many decades ago.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#13 posted 04-07-2017 10:48 PM

Boy this would make a pretty high class gift Jim, fabulous make :)

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#14 posted 04-07-2017 10:51 PM

Thanks you all for the nice comments!

Hi Lew. Look on line for how they are made and then fit the wood parts to the ball and mirrors.. I used 3 mirrors and taped then in a triangle and then when I fitted them in the tube, I put 3 pieces of rubber hose in to hold them solid. Thet go up against a glass disk in the back and the ball fits tight against a plastic ring I made to go against that end of the mirrors and has a round ” socket” for the ball to fit tight against. This way dust is kept out of the mirrors. The rosewood ball keeper is epoxied in to secure the ball in the socket. There was fair amount of work on the metal lathe to get all the parts accurate.

Hi Dave, yes, I got to use my new index wheel and it is right on!

Hi Brian. No, it was not a kit. I bought the mirrors and the glass ball from a supply house for that kind of stuff and made the rest.

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#15 posted 04-08-2017 12:24 AM

Old technology in a new form, well done Jim.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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