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Event Horizon… My final entry.

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Project by horologist posted 07-06-2011 03:41 AM 1926 views 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve been out of the shop for a few weeks and decided to give the project one last attempt.
No style points, just a plain cylindrical turned box so tiny that it is completely useless. My goal was to make a box that would fit in the bowl of the grail that I made as a part of my first entry.

http://lumberjocks.com/projects/49139

It is close, the diameter would fit but I think a little of the box may peek out of the top of the grail.
I’m afraid to test the fit as I expect if I put this box in there I will never get it out again.

Once again I used a scrap of pegwood. However this time I decided to use my Jet midi lathe to demonstrate that a watchmaker’s lathe isn’t required for small turning. If I had a means of using a collet chuck on a Shopsmith I would have used that instead. When turning small objects it is important to use a collet instead of a three or four jaw chuck, your fingers and face get too close to the work to use these safely.

The collet chuck is a Wood River from Woodcraft and I must admit that I am a bit disappointed with this tool. But that is another story.

As before, the photography is the most difficult part of the process, I did a little better this time though.

The tools are fairly simple. (photo 2 & 3)
The lid in progress. (photo 4)
Drilling the ID of the box with a .005” drill. (photo 5 Keep in mind the average sheet of paper is about .003” thick)
The box ready to be parted off. (photo 6)

Dimensions:
Box Diameter .009”
Box Height .012”
Box Inside Diameter .005”

-- Troy in Melrose, Florida





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murch

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#1 posted 07-06-2011 03:51 AM

Once again , WOW. Almost makes being at work at 3 a.m. worthwhile.

-- A family man has photos in his wallet where his money used to be.

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polecat

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#2 posted 07-06-2011 04:09 AM

All I can say is ” Y ” ?

-- polecat, south alabama

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Sodabowski

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#3 posted 07-06-2011 01:14 PM

Not bad, you actually learned to turn toothpicks.

-- Holy scrap Barkman!

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#4 posted 07-06-2011 02:08 PM

Great achievement, Troy. I don’t think anyone is going to beat that in a hurry.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging. http://www.theartofboxes.com

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Bertha

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#5 posted 07-06-2011 02:09 PM

YOU WIN!!!!!

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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horologist

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#6 posted 07-08-2011 03:19 AM

Murch, glad I could help you pass the time.

Sometimes it is good to push the edge of the envelope.

Thomas, somehow I managed to miss your toothpick box. I guess we have Martyn to thank/blame.
Although as projects go these aren’t too bad… No mess, the materials are cheap, and you don’t have to worry about cluttering up the house with practice pieces.

Thanks all.

-- Troy in Melrose, Florida

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