|Project by USCJeff||posted 08-23-2011 05:51 PM||1435 views||0 times favorited||1 comment|
Ok, so after just making an inlayed chess set with turned pieces, I wasn’t too put off by a request for a simple project. My Mother-In-Law asked for a thread holder that could hold about 20 spools with bobbins on the same dowel. So obviously, my next question was what the heck a bobbin was? She’s just retired and asked for this and it took all kinds of will power not to vocalize the plethora of old lady jokes that came to mind. After all, do I really want to screw with free babysitting?
Anyways, straight forward project really. Glued up a maple panel to 10”x14”. Used a 1/2” round over bit to achieve the edging. I started out planning on 5 rows of 5 but it looked crowded in the corners when laying it out. Alternated row amounts to avoid that. I layed out a grid vs. making some type of indexing jig as there really weren’t too many dowels. The lengths of the dowels are 1/4” past the bobbin as requested. Watco D.O. natural finish. My goal lately has been to learn to work faster w/o the project suffering. I’m not there yet. Ignoring clamping and curing time, I’d put the hand’s on at about 3 hours. Really feels like it could have been done in under 2 if I was a little more careful with the router and sanded without skipping grits.
What I learned, be good to Mom’s and MIL’s. I do like the occasional date night.
-- Jeff, South Carolina