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Project by tswoodwizard posted 01-23-2011 12:14 AM 3902 views 13 times favorited 29 comments Add to Favorites Watch

In the summer, I sawed wood for my shop stove. When I went out to grab an armload one morning, a shiny spot caught my eye. Upon close inspection I discovered that it was a spent round from shooting my S/W 357 magnum in the woods. I thought, hey why don’t I sand this and see what it looks like. After the sanding, I realized their was potential for a project here. Maybe I could do a precision shot into a nice piece of walnut, then expose it and use it somehow.

I’m thinking that if I can square the end of a 12 inch long piece of walnut that’s at least 12 inches in diameter, I can then do precision shots into the side at “0” degrees, “90” degrees, “180” degrees, and “270” degrees. Then create a clock face to show the bullets representing quarter marks of the clock face and if I choose to, I can add the non numeric indicator marks for 1,2,4,5,7,8,10,11, Tic marks. Maybe I could use my 1/2 inch number stamp set to create the numbers.

I need to find a good source for high quality clock works if any of you Lj’s know of any good suppliers.

-- Tim B. Sweely Elizabeth, Illinois, timsweely@yahoo.com -------- My potential is limited only by my emagination.





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Wolffarmer

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#1 posted 01-23-2011 12:19 AM

Cool. If you can do that you are a better shot than i am or will ever be. Now if you can place the shots and then let the tree heal over for about 10 years. Talk about a long term project.

Randy

-- That was not wormy wood when I started working on it.

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DaddyT

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#2 posted 01-23-2011 12:40 AM

The only problem I could see with that is the bullets tendency to follow the path of least resistance. Not saying its impossable, just that its gonna be hard to get it to work out the way you want it. Awesome idea though

-- Jimi _ Measure twice, cut once.......@#%#$@!!!......measure twice, cut....

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Jonathan

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#3 posted 01-23-2011 12:58 AM

Certainly an idea worth exploring, in my opinion.

This is a great start and I’ll be curious to see what else you do with this idea. Keep at it!

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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travisowenfurniture

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#4 posted 01-23-2011 01:03 AM

Wow that is freakin cool! I bet you could do a whole room in this theme – fine furniture with bullets lodged in them… You could use different types of bullets for a nice theme

Awesome.

-- http://www.facebook.com/travisowenfurniture

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travisowenfurniture

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#5 posted 01-23-2011 01:05 AM

Also, Lee Valley Tools has a nice selection of clock parts, both mechanical and quartz types, with various other accessories to match.

See them here:

http://leevalley.com/

-- http://www.facebook.com/travisowenfurniture

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#6 posted 01-23-2011 01:18 AM

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OhhCrap

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#7 posted 01-23-2011 02:00 AM

DaddyT makes a valid point, however, if you reload, or know someone that does, try experimenting with some lighter loads. That would minimize the penetration putting your 12, 3, 6 and 9 “Tick” marks closer to the edge.

Using a good vblock rest for the barrel and spindle pivot arrangement on the log, you could guarantee some very good alignment.

-- Quality: There is hardly anything in the world that some men cannot make a little worse and sell a little cheaper, and the people who consider price are this man’s lawful prey.

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HalDougherty

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#8 posted 01-23-2011 03:17 AM

You’ve got the makings for a great clock right here. On the side away from the bullet, inlet one of the small clock mechanisms, and title your project. “Killing Time”

-- Hal, Tennessee http://www.first285.com

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mancave

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#9 posted 01-23-2011 03:26 AM

I think getting all four bullets to end up on the same level plane will be a bit iffy.

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Orion Woods

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#10 posted 01-23-2011 03:46 AM

I agree with the spindle mount and v block for barrel rest and lighter load method, this is as close as I think you will get to what youre looking for. I look forward to seeing this project it will be cool if you can pull it off!

-- Brian

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Gofor

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#11 posted 01-23-2011 03:56 AM

You are using that nice walnut for FIREWOOD??

Just don’t know what else to say.

Go

-- Go http://ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?cat=500&ppuser=730

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tswoodwizard

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#12 posted 01-23-2011 04:46 AM

For those of you who share a love of ballistics, I do reload my own ammo so I plan to do a little experimenting with powder measurements and distance from target to adjust penetration. And I plan on setting up a small range with a permanent pedestal mount for a target piece. This pedestal will be equiped with a 360 degree gauge and elevation adjustment.

I also plan to shoot some marked shots into live walnut tree’s and allow them to grow another year to close hole behind the shots. Interesting that someone commented on that cause I already thought of trying that! May also go to the local in-door gun range and get permission to do some precision shooting there.

I do have a metal detector and from now on I’ll probably use it more to find existing bullets in tree’s that I suspect to have already been shot into.

-- Tim B. Sweely Elizabeth, Illinois, timsweely@yahoo.com -------- My potential is limited only by my emagination.

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tswoodwizard

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#13 posted 01-23-2011 04:48 AM

Good point Gofor, but a mans gotta what mans gotta do! The pain goes away when the temperature of the shop goes up!

This was also the catalyst to head me in this direction.

-- Tim B. Sweely Elizabeth, Illinois, timsweely@yahoo.com -------- My potential is limited only by my emagination.

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William

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#14 posted 01-23-2011 04:59 AM

Wood and firearms? Now you’re talking about some of my favortie things. If you could just figure out a way to add aged whiskey and women to this idea you could copyright and sell it to the highest bidder and not have to worry about cutting your own firewood anymore.
Ok, now back to a more serious note.
Someone mentioned a problem with getting the depth to be exact on each shot, or something along those lines. I don’t see that as a problem. With the story of how it is made comes into play, even if the depth of the shots having a little variation, it’ll be a work of art. Go for it. If it works, I think it’ll be time to get off my butt and find somewhere I can do some shooting.

-- http://wddsrfinewoodworks.blogspot.com/

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tswoodwizard

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#15 posted 01-23-2011 05:09 AM

Hal Dougherty;I like the way you think, keep this one simple and get it out there.

-- Tim B. Sweely Elizabeth, Illinois, timsweely@yahoo.com -------- My potential is limited only by my emagination.

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