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Project by tom427cid posted 02-06-2012 12:04 AM 1734 views 2 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The local historic attraction dropped off one of a pair of rings from an excercise apparatus. One had been lost and the other had delaminated. The decision was made to reproduce a pair rather than just one.
The rings are walnut and maple laminated and shaped.The maple is a piece of local rock maple and the walnut is a resawed piece of old walnut that I had. The setup that I originally thought I could use turned out to be not large enough for the od. I brought out a fixture I made years ago that used the lathe and a router.
The fixture is designed to hold a router that is adjustable and moveable—it can swing out of the way to change the work piece. I reground a router bit to match the profile of the ring,cut the blanks to a rough od and the id was the finished diameter. I turned a plug on the face plate for a tension fit of the blank(also added clamps for security),a bit of cleanup with a file,some sanding,and a few coats of laquer. They found a harness maker to make new leather straps so come tourist season the display will again be functional.
As always,comments always welcome.

-- "certified sawdust maker"

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#1 posted 02-06-2012 12:18 AM

Hey Tom
These rings are way cool and your jig to make them is amazing too. great job.

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#2 posted 02-06-2012 12:19 AM

Nice turnings, good work

-- Martin ....always count the number of fingers you have before, and after using the saw.

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#3 posted 02-06-2012 02:00 AM

Gotta say, I am continually amazed by the ingenuity of folks: nice work

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#4 posted 02-06-2012 05:45 AM


As allways, I am amazed at your craftsmanship and your ingenuity. I also think you prove something I have thought for a long time; that the absolutely best at something are the most unassuming; and the best looking. Nice work, as usual. Thanks.

What is the local historical attractyion?


-- Steve in KY. 44 years so far with my lovely bride. Think I'll keep her.

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#5 posted 02-06-2012 06:34 AM

Thank you all for the positive comments.
Steve,the local attraction is Castle in the Clouds. It is the summer home of a early 1900’s business tycoon.
There is much turn of the century oak wood work and many of the furnishings are still there.I have also done a couple of furniture restoration projects for them.

-- "certified sawdust maker"

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