Life on the balance

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Project by DaveGlx posted 10-20-2011 12:50 PM 1395 views 2 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The first thing that comes to my mind when I hear the word balance is balanced life.
We weigh up our options in search of a balance between work and leisure; between individual and community needs; between what we take from mother earth and what we contribute back to our planet.
For me the obvious symbol of weighing and balancing is the scale.
This piece is created for the scrap challenge from scrap wood, bottle neck, two bottle tops and fibres from old electric wire. It took me a while to plan and 2 hours in the shop to execute.

Thanks to LJ for taking the effort to initiate and manage the challenge.

-- Dave -

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#1 posted 10-20-2011 01:17 PM

I like your interpretation of the challenge very much Dave… Great Job!!
But how did you cut the bottle?! I had an idea for something a long time ago, can’t even remember what it was, but it involved cutting a bottle like that… It never got done, because of my frustration at not being able to do that…
Again, Well Done, and Welcome to LJ’s!!

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#2 posted 10-20-2011 02:20 PM

Welcome to Lumberjocks!!!!!!!!!!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#3 posted 10-20-2011 02:28 PM

I like it. Are those bottle tops?

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#4 posted 10-20-2011 02:30 PM

Mike, I learnt the method I use from a YouTube video. It gives a relatively clean cut. I use a diamond file to get a smooth finish. I must admit that it took me quite a few sessions of practice to achieve a satisfactory level so my advice is to start with common wine/bear bottles before you move on to more rare and dear.

-- Dave -

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#5 posted 10-20-2011 04:08 PM

You nailed (or glued) it! I like it!

-- If you don't work, you don't eat!.....Garland, TX

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#6 posted 10-20-2011 08:49 PM

Nice job David. :) You beat me to that idea though. I’ll have to come up with something else now. :(

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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#7 posted 10-20-2011 11:15 PM

Thanks for the link Dave!!
Man, that guy sure makes it look easy!!

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#8 posted 10-21-2011 11:06 AM

brilliant AND beautiful!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#9 posted 11-02-2011 03:56 PM

I had a really powerful sandblaster that I used to cut holes in glass and that sort of thing. Then I bought a good diamond dremel bit and found that it works awesome on glass as long as you use a stream of water over the work to carry away the dust. Neither give professional edges, but both options allow you to cut any shape.

-- Time to get started

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