Watch Mandrel

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Project by Les Hastings posted 2344 days ago 1938 views 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a watch mandrel for the Stuhrling Company in New York. It started out as something just kind of simple to get the job done, then it ended up this way.

Its made out of Purpleheart and Ash. The mandrel is for sizes from 4 1/2” to 11” watch bands. The purple rings are inch markings and the white rings are 1/4” markings. I stamped the number sizes at each inch marking and painted them white as well. I made the the cone portion on the Legacy so I could get it bang on in size.

The stand ia all out of purpleheart. I had the sides of the stand laser engraved with the company’s name and logo and then painted gold.

It was a fun project and just something a little different for once.

-- Les, Wichita, Ks. (I'd rather be covered in saw dust!)

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#1 posted 2344 days ago

I’ll say different. I have never seen anything like this. Sounds like a lot of math may have been involved in the design.

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#2 posted 2344 days ago

It’s surprising how something simple and functional can be turned into something so beautiful

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#3 posted 2344 days ago

Wow Les,

You weren’t kidding about this thing. It is beautiful. I will definately have to keep that laser engraving in mind. It looks great.

-- Kevin, Wichita, Kansas

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#4 posted 2344 days ago

Thats some range in wrist sizes, very nice job indeed.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#5 posted 2344 days ago


I am like rikkor. I must have led a sheltered life because I haven’t seen anything like this. It is an interesting project and the woods are gorgeous.

Thanks for the post.

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

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#6 posted 2344 days ago

Pretty cool. Looks like a big ring sizer.

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

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#7 posted 2343 days ago

Ver interesting design, what is the Legacy? is it a precise machine tool?

-- Colin, Aberdeenshire, Scotland. "Every craftsman was once an amateur"

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#8 posted 2341 days ago

now that is different, good job, math cause any sleepless nights?

-- I cut it twice & it was still too short

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