|Project by tom427cid||posted 02-06-2012 12:04 AM||1549 views||2 times favorited||5 comments|
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.
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