globe stand

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Project by captainsidbad posted 06-10-2010 05:27 AM 2430 views 6 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a globe stand built out of Bolivian rosewood. The globe can be ordered from Replogle in Chicago, see 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

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#1 posted 06-10-2010 05:47 AM

Cool stand good job

-- Custom furniture

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#2 posted 06-10-2010 06:13 AM

Awww, wow, I just love this!

-- Jen loves wood!

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#3 posted 06-10-2010 09:28 AM

Really great job on the fit and finish. Your attention to details shows.

-- Style is simple, but not my execution of it.

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#4 posted 06-10-2010 10:21 AM

Very well done!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#5 posted 06-10-2010 11:42 AM

Excellent work, love the stand! Now all you need is for Sam Shakouri to turn you a globe :) Would be a match made in heaven.


-- There is little that is simple when it comes to making a simple box.

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#6 posted 06-10-2010 02:55 PM

Very beautiful!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#7 posted 06-10-2010 05:34 PM

Cool, we just gave my daughter a 12in globe for her sixth birthday. This would look great in the office, would have to do some slight mods to the size but very doable. Thanks for the idea, BTKS

-- "Man's ingenuity has outrun his intelligence" (Joseph Wood Krutch)

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#8 posted 06-11-2010 02:23 AM

Awesome. very unique

-- Dennis Trenton Ohio And life is worth the living just because He lives!

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#9 posted 06-11-2010 03:51 AM

Very impressive piece. Beautifully done. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#10 posted 11-04-2011 06:51 PM

Hello captain,
I was actually hoping to make a globe stand also. My problem: I can’t find a 16” globe anywhere! How did you order yours? I’m up in Canada so it’s harder to order things…

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