This is a globe stand built out of Bolivian rosewood. The globe can be ordered from Replogle in Chicago, see www.replogleglobes.com. About $130.The top is created in 6 pieces and joined together by 5/16 inch threaded rod which is set in epoxy. In other words I use steel dowels because the accuracy of the holes is not as important and it is much stronger. After the top is done in a rough circle a 1/2 plywood pattern is set over the top to make a pergfect circle. The inside of the round circle must be exactly 16 inches for the globe ring to fit.
The bottom is done in four vertical parts where the joining edges are cut at a 45 degree angle and again joined with epoxy set in steel (the same way your dentist strengthens a tooth.) The fininsh is done with system 3 clear coat epoxy where you wipe it on and wipe it off… rub with 0000 steel wool and do it again. Rub with steel wool one more time and coat with wax. Try this finish, its simple, hard, durable and you can apply it in a dust storm. You will be a convert. Replogle makes a 20 inch lighted globe… that would be slick but the cost is close to a grand. I built this in my studio in Brush Prairie, Washington about 30 minutes from the Portland airport. Dave Marks the famous woodworker from the Woodworks DYI netwook said “When I started callin my shop a studio… I started making more money.
I one of you woodworkers out there wants to build a globe stand… I will be happy to answer questions. See you all at the sawdust pit. Captainsidbad