Kaleidoscope Egg in EI Rosewood - 1st Attempt

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Project by itsme_timd posted 03-04-2008 12:52 AM 2596 views 1 time favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my first attempt and making a kaleidoscope. I’m puzzled by the egg shape being popular but wanted to try this and see how I did at making the egg shape and keeping the proportions.

After I got the egg turned I finished by sanding through 400 coated with CA, then went to 12,000 with micro mesh. I polished the egg with EEE Ultrashine and then coated it with a layer of BLO. I let that sit about 30 minutes, polished it with a clean rag and finished with a coat of Shellawax.

The finish is amazing, you can see yourself in the egg, but VERY time consuming. Not sure if what I’m doing is overkill but it does look nice. Sawdust2 recommended CSU’s friction polish so I’ll probably try that soon.

Here’s a tricky picture – through the eyepiece!

-- Tim D. - Woodstock, GA

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#1 posted 03-04-2008 12:57 AM

Gorgeous, pure art, risen up on a pedestal and me bowing to you are all understatements. Great job.

-- RickM

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#2 posted 03-04-2008 01:06 AM

Pretty cool! Why don’t you blog how to make them?

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#3 posted 03-04-2008 01:08 AM

That is nice. I agree with Gary – a blog describing the process would be nice.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#4 posted 03-04-2008 01:31 AM

Great looking egg! The picture through the eye piece is outstanding.

-- Those that say it can't be done should not interrupt those who are doing it.

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#5 posted 03-04-2008 01:49 AM

this is the most amazing project – it’s beautiful!!!! and then the surprise inside. BRAVO.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#6 posted 03-04-2008 01:53 AM

I like how you captured the picture through the eye piece. don’t think I would have ever considered that!
The egg shape looks very good.

Have you ever tried using a CA finish on your pens? I would imagine you could do the same here.

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#7 posted 03-04-2008 02:38 AM

very nice.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#8 posted 03-04-2008 02:39 AM

Beautiful piece! This is something I’ve never seen as a woodworking project.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#9 posted 03-04-2008 04:13 AM

blog blog blog blog ! there’s my votes. this is way cool.

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#10 posted 03-04-2008 04:55 AM

A fantastic job. Looks nice. The rosewood looks great.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#11 posted 03-04-2008 05:20 AM

Thanks everyone.

Darryl – I start with CA after sanding to 400 grit and then finish from there. I think I might be overdoing it but I like the way the finish is coming out.

And.. due to popular demand, I’ll blog one of these soon.

-- Tim D. - Woodstock, GA

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#12 posted 03-04-2008 12:12 PM

That is really nice. Does the stand come with the kit? If not, where did you get it?

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#13 posted 03-04-2008 02:36 PM

Rikkor, the stand was sold separately at Woodcraft, I think it was $5.50.

-- Tim D. - Woodstock, GA

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#14 posted 03-04-2008 08:02 PM

A true work of art. What are the dimensions?

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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#15 posted 04-02-2009 09:34 AM

Where did you get the pedestal?

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