|Project by swirlsandburls||posted 06-27-2011 01:03 AM||2208 views||1 time favorited||5 comments|
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” http://lumberjocks.com/swirlsandburls/blog/23680 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