palletwood test tube clamp

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Project by Sodabowski posted 10-27-2011 02:17 PM 2019 views 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So as I stated in my latest blog post of the Spalters Inc series, I managed to get some time to build an experiment to determine the temperature at which the pigment produced by Chlorociboria loses its color.
Here is the wooden clamp I made to hold a test tube above a flame without it being stressed between two very different thermal sources (a metal support wouldn’t do for my cheap test tubes – yes, i DO have borosilicate test tubes, but I use them to keep my best vanillas, so what the heck).

Pallet pine and a spare wing bolt and wing nut, mainly because I only had brass handy and I save it for something decent. A bit more than one hour to make it, as it was late in the night and I didn’t want to bring out the power tools because of the neighbors above :)

As an entry to the scrappy contest, this piece induces a balace between science and woodworking – at least that’s what I want you to believe! xD


-- Holy scrap Barkman!

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#1 posted 10-27-2011 02:49 PM

Hi Thomas, I love the thought of this young French physicist/ heavy metal musician, dabbling in woodworking and trying to put some science behind spalted wood. Magnifique!!

-- Dr. Ken, Florida - Durch harte arbeit werden Träume wahr.

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#2 posted 10-27-2011 04:42 PM

Cool job.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#3 posted 10-27-2011 09:16 PM

Neat clamp! Necessity is the mother of invention!!!

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

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#4 posted 10-28-2011 01:51 AM

Clever solution.

-- Scott Smith, Southern Illinois

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#5 posted 10-28-2011 05:30 PM

Nice, but keep it away from the bunsen-burner!
I started a few fires in Organic Chem…ahh memories

-- Scott "Some days you are the big dog, some days you are the fire hydrant"

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#6 posted 10-28-2011 05:57 PM

Thomas your woodysincerockenrool is just to bloody wonderful, another project that are helping to make nature do its work, made from recycle and with your wonderful beeing.
Best thoughts my friend,

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#7 posted 10-28-2011 06:06 PM


-- Holy scrap Barkman!

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#8 posted 10-28-2011 06:26 PM

Great use of scraps….and hopefully you will get good useful data. It would be very convenient to know the optimal temperature to store a spalting pile. I have spalted alot of my own wood – sometimes on purpose…lol.

-- Woodworking.....My small slice of heaven!

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#9 posted 10-28-2011 06:28 PM

@reggiek: that’s an easy one: most fungi are very active around 22-26°C. That’s why Dr Spalting (again) does her spalting indoors.

-- Holy scrap Barkman!

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