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I make quite a few of these. They make great gifts as few people have them. I useually make 20 or 30 ‘tubes’ at a time, then put them together as the need arrises. I sell a few but give most away. I use native hardwoods – Walnut, Birch, Cherry and maple. They don’t look like much in the picture as the real beauty is in the immages inside. I use front/first surface mirrors and glass beads.

-- Bruce from Central New York...now, if you'll pardon me, I have some sawdust to make.





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Terdy

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#1 posted 01-05-2008 01:31 AM

These are awesome. I have been wanting to try and make some of these myself. Where do you purchase the “innards” materials? Please provide more info as I really would like to make one myself. Great Job!!!

-- Terry

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Chris

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#2 posted 01-05-2008 01:33 AM

Bruce,

I second Terry’s comment. Are these of your own design or from a plan? My wife has asked about making some in the past.

-- "Everything that is great and inspiring is created by the individual who labors in freedom" -- Albert Einstein

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#3 posted 01-05-2008 02:30 AM

Here we go I’ll make it #3. Very cool.

-- Ron, Twain Harte, Ca. Portable on site Sawmill Service http://westcoastlands.net/Sawmill.html http://westcoastlands.net/SawBucks2/phpBB3 http://www.portablesawmill.info

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#4 posted 01-05-2008 02:46 AM

OK, I’ll work up some instructions and post them here. I buy mirrors wholesale in lots of 150, but I’ll look for a supplier of fewer numbers. If you just wanted to build a few, I could probably get mirrors to you at cost. They are first surface mirrors – the reflective surface is on the front as opposed to on the back. No distortion that way.

-- Bruce from Central New York...now, if you'll pardon me, I have some sawdust to make.

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#5 posted 01-05-2008 07:20 AM

Really nice – I’m looking forward to the instructions. Thanks for sharing Bruce.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased." http://www.cajunpen.com/

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#6 posted 01-05-2008 07:49 AM

Great! I’m looking forward to the instructions also!

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#7 posted 01-05-2008 11:50 AM

Ditto, I want to make some of these. Yours look great.

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#8 posted 01-05-2008 12:47 PM

ditto.
what a great gift for grandchildren….

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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woodtoyZ

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#9 posted 08-21-2010 05:28 AM

Wow I haven’t seen one of those in decades! They really look great.

-- www.woodtoyZ.com

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brunob

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#10 posted 08-23-2010 05:21 AM

Thanks. Fairly easy to make. Not so easy to find the mirrors anymore.

-- Bruce from Central New York...now, if you'll pardon me, I have some sawdust to make.

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