Old fashioned Abacus

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Project by Filinvested posted 1414 days ago 2780 views 2 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

An old fashioned russian abacus for my daughter.
Masur birch, wenge, ebony and brass.

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#1 posted 1414 days ago

Pretty unique for this day and age, very beautiful too.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#2 posted 1414 days ago

jockmike2, I think it’s ‘must have’ thing for kids.
You can ride on them (yes, they are strong enough).
You can count, including the linear equations :), and it makes the absolutely wonderful CLICK!

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#3 posted 1414 days ago

Very cool. That is some very nice looking wood and great craftsmanship. Now, if only I knew how it worked! ;-)

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#4 posted 1414 days ago

I’m afraid my English is too bad, to tell you how to use them. But even in the late 80’s every store/shop in the Soviet Union has this device.
And now I realized that I really need a lathe – hate each of these 94 chips!

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#5 posted 1414 days ago

Nice toys you build

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#6 posted 1414 days ago

Really nice abacus! Beautiful work.

I’m familiar with the Japanese Abacus They have a 5 bead and five one beads on each row. I understand why yours has 10 beads (no need to deal with the 5) but why is their only four beads in the 100’s column? I’m not familiar with that.

Here is the basics with a japnese style

-- Galootish log blog,

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#7 posted 1414 days ago


In the old days, four beads on that line were equal to one ‘Kopeyka’ (it consisted of four ‘polushka’). At least a century ago it serve simply to separate the integer and fractional parts.

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#8 posted 1414 days ago

Beautiful work, but that sure is a lot of turning! Very nice.

-- Robert - Visit my woodworking blog:

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#9 posted 1414 days ago

Where do you put the batteries? ;)

-- The nicer the nice, the higher the price!

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#10 posted 1414 days ago

I couldn’t use it but it sure would look nice in the den. That is some good work there

-- Couldn't think of anything clever. I LIKE WOOD

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#11 posted 1414 days ago

That’s pretty cool!

Nice to have a wood worker for a dad…...........

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#12 posted 1411 days ago

An interesting project that turned out beautiful and not so common now-a-days

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