|Project by Woodbutcher3||posted 07-16-2010 02:22 PM||4403 views||0 times favorited||9 comments|
Marines (Yes, I am one) have many traditions from their Navy Brothers in arms. One is the use of a ships bell at some of the military functions. For those of us that went through TBS, the Marine’s Officer School (Hotel Co., ‘75 for me), this bell was often used for Mess Nights celebrating many of our traditions.
This bell came from a Navy ship. And the tradition of baptisms using the ship’s bell, was followed using this one. The bell is removed from it’s place on ship, turned over, filled with water and used for the baptism. Then, there is a brass plaque mounted inside the bell where it would not interfere with the clapper. This bell had about ten inside. While it did come from a one time active ship, I cannot remember the name of the ship.
There was an awkward square stand that had just been thrown together to hold this bell for ceremonies. I’m sure it was someone still learning their woodworking skills as it looked a lot like something I would have built in my early experiences.
I designed a goose neck stand with the triangular base as support. I used three slabs of 1” white oak to build each of the three sections that made up the stand. The sections fit together with tendon that was the full width of the neck. I glued up the three pieces of wood with a slot or tongue at each end. Since I had glued three pieces of wood, I didn’t need to do any cutting for the tendons and sockets, I adjusted the middle piece of wood to either be the tendon or the socket.
Once I had the three piece neck glued up, I used the full size pattern I designed to cut the neck out. At the top of the neck, the bell had to fit in. So, I drilled a two stepped socket the bell would fit into. Since there was hole through the top of the bell, it was easy to bolt it through the top of the neck. But, a bell requires a solid rest so the bell would give it’s full tone. So, I filled the socket with bondo (yes, one of my favorite “tools”) to give it a solid seat.
The base triangular base gives the bell a very solid foundation. It takes a lot to tip it over (not that I’ve tried). The lasering on the base was done by a friend of mine ~ (Friends with lasers are very nice to have!)
-- Rod ~ There's never enough time to finish a project, but there's always time to start another one.