• Advertise with us
Project by swirlsandburls posted 1158 days ago 1791 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

5 comments so far

View CharlieM1958's profile


15688 posts in 2850 days

#1 posted 1158 days ago

That’s a dandy! Great idea and execution.

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

View rance's profile


4130 posts in 1792 days

#2 posted 1158 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--

View TopamaxSurvivor's profile


14725 posts in 2308 days

#3 posted 1158 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

View Woodwrecker's profile


3588 posts in 2208 days

#4 posted 1158 days ago

Very cool, as are all your other projects!

-- Having fun...Eric

View sedcokid's profile


2672 posts in 2231 days

#5 posted 1157 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,

Have your say...

You must be signed in to post the comments.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics :: gardening showcase