|Project by KnotCurser||posted 09-24-2011 01:37 AM||1917 views||13 times favorited||18 comments|
This is a solid sphere of Mulberry weighing a tad over 18 ounces and measuring around 4” across the middle.
As far as I can tell it’s pretty much a perfect sphere – at least to the naked eye.
The cool thing is that I did this without a lathe – only my router table and a very simple jig!!!
I have made over a dozen of these spheres so far, but this is most certainly the largest one I have made so I thought I would show it off on LJ’s.
A year or so ago I stumbled on a very “inventive” woodworker from Japan that comes up with really novel ways of doing things with woodworking tools that one would never normally do. Mind you I didn’t say SAFE ways – some of his videos scare me half to death!
This was one of his safer inventions – he has this and a TON of others at the following YouTube Site:
Warning! You will wind up spending HOURS viewing these videos if you are anything like me! ;-)
The Jig, as you can see in the last two pics, consists of a piece of plywood with a hole in it – I rounded over the hole with a router. It is centered over a router bit and the piece is then moved around and any high spots are taken off by the bit. Easy, but you have to constantly adjust the height of the bit.
After I got the piece as round as I could with the bit, I switched to a two inch sanding pad and worked my way from 60 grit up to 180 grit.
I then used a clear glass jar to ensure it was perfectly round – it is amazing how easy this was to get round!
A couple of coats of brush-on lacquer and three coats of wax and all done!
Now, I just have to figure out what to do with this! ;-)
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