|Project by Kelen||posted 11-08-2011 07:17 AM||6028 views||27 times favorited||16 comments|
Made from Cypress and Spanish Cedar. Measures approximately 24” in length, roughly 12” wide in the middle, tapering down to approximately 4” wide at the ends. Hangs from a ball bearing swivel and spins easily with the slightest breeze. A good project if you enjoy making a hundred or so repetitive rips on the table saw. Made a big batch of them a while back and just give them away from time to time to friends.
After all the strips are ripped on the table saw, a hole is drilled in each one (I usually gang them up and do 5 or 6 at a time at the drill press). Sometimes I’ll rip all the strips to the same length, or if I want to try and conserve wood, I’ll rip them at various lengths where I know they’ll be cut down later in the process. I run a threaded rod through each strip and tighten it up at the ends (all the strips are flat at this point and the spinner lays flat on the table). I’ll trace out the template on the flattended out spinner and then cut out the shape on the bandsaw. Once that’s done, I’ll fan the strips out and give it the shape it resembles in the picture. I’ll retighten it down and then glue on the caps on the ends that conceal the nuts/washers (I’ll drill a small hole with a forstner bit on the caps so it sits flat against the end strips). Possibilities are pretty endless with making these out of different species of wood, but the lighter the wood better. Get a strong breeze and these things will really take flight!