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Project by swirlsandburls posted 1028 days ago 1716 views 1 time favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was asked to do a commission piece for a fellow that has a mentor who is retiring from a well-known electric drive manufacturer. He wanted a memory box, and since I am a turner (primarily) I asked hi if a piece reminiscent of a motor would do the trick. He agreed, and also provided an antique plaque from a motor that was never used. He wanted it incorporated, and since it was large (almost 6 inches square) the piece had to be equally scaled up. The motor’s main barrel ended up 9 in. in diameter, made of Jatoba, and the ends are cherry, with an ash “shaft.” The stand is Bocote and the pen is Wenge. The inside is cavernous, and can easily handle lots of memories! I added some hidden magnetic catches to keep the ending from popping off as the temperature changes (yes, it actually happened while it was on the bench). We had the front plaque laser engraved. Altogether a fun project. See also my “LJ blog” on how I turned the barrel using two lasers to guide the cutter for the ID.

-- patience is a virtue ... in woodworking, cooking, and life in general

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#1 posted 1028 days ago

That’s a dandy! Great idea and execution.

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

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#2 posted 1028 days ago

Nice job on this. I see you have many other projects I’m gonna go pruse through too.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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#3 posted 1028 days ago

Nice job and great design!!

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#4 posted 1028 days ago

Very cool, as are all your other projects!

-- Three Rules of Work: Out of clutter find simplicity; From discord find harmony; In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity. Albert Einstein

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#5 posted 1027 days ago

This is an eye catcher! I like this project I bet it was fun to make…. You are a good friend!

Thanks for sharing!

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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