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Osage Orange Nail Balancer Puzzle

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Project by Jim Jakosh posted 628 days ago 3014 views 50 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have been carrying around these nails for the balancer puzzle in the bottom of my tote for year. the object is to balance 10 nails on the head of one. It is funny watching people try to do this before they know the trick. I showed the trick so any Lumberjock will be able to do it.

Today I found this piece of Osage Orange for the holder to keep them all in one place. The piece had cracks in it but they turned away when I got to the size I needed for a holder.

I also wanted to try out my new drill fixture that works in conjunction with the index wheel on my lathe. The fixture is built to the exact center of the lathe spindle. It swivels in the banjo for any angle and there are bushings for the outer shaft to slide in and out and bearings on the inner shaft that the drill chuck is mounted to. I bought the Jacobs chuck on E bay and it is made in the UK and tightens in the opposite direction to the ones we use in the USA. It takes some getting used to but it was brand new!

There are 10 holes around the perimeter for storing the nails- the center nail is epoxied in. It is finished with EEE and Shellawax.

SOLD

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!





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jap

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#1 posted 628 days ago

favorited

-- Joel

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Bob Collins

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#2 posted 628 days ago

G’day Jim, I Like the nail trick adds a bit of fun to the work shop. Your drill fixture looks a handy addition.

-- Bob C, Australia. I love sharing as long as it is not my tools

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gfadvm

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#3 posted 628 days ago

Dang, that’s cool. I gotta try that but I’m not sure I can balance all 10 even after you showed the trick. And you used one of my favorite woods.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#4 posted 628 days ago

a very posh method

jamie

-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#5 posted 628 days ago

Nice one Jim have to try it. Like Bob I rekon that drill attachment would be a handy piece of gear ;)
Pete

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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Woodfix

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#6 posted 628 days ago

Very nice Jim and looks like flu to make and do. I think you have ailed it. Hehe

-- Living is a constant gamble, life is about working the odds in your favour

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#7 posted 628 days ago

Looks tricky…

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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#8 posted 628 days ago

Should be on the journeyman carpenter test ;-)

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#9 posted 628 days ago

Very cool trick Jim.
What I really like is the drill fixture.

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murch

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#10 posted 627 days ago

Haha that’s great. Pic 4 is the “wow”. Never saw this done before. Very cool.

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#11 posted 627 days ago

Bravo Jim! bravo!!

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#12 posted 627 days ago

A nice puzzle project

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Jim Jakosh

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#13 posted 627 days ago

hey, thanks for all the nice comments. I thought you would like to see how it is done. There was a nail holder posted on here but I had to go to U tube to see the trick. It worked easily the first time I tried it. I used 16d nails and put one in a block and then the other 10 get the heads locked together by the way you stack them. Then carefully pick up the assemble and set it on the vertical nail and it will stay there balancing even in the wind.

I thought you would want to see how I drilled the 10 holes spaced just right on top of that radius so I posted my new drilling fixture. This is the first time I used it and it would have to be on an increment that is not a stop on my degree wheel on the back of the lathe. So that is why the calculator and caliper are there . I measured the distance between the 15 degree increments on the degree wheel and divided by15. It was .040” for each degree. Then I multiplied the amount of degrees it was past a given mark by .040” and added that to the location on the wheel to get 10 exact spacings. I only used the 0 and 180 degree spacing without adding to the location.. It worked pretty slick right away. Thanks for looking.

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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sedcokid

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#14 posted 627 days ago

What a neet project never saw a ‘Nail Balancer’ before looks fun to make. But…......Whats more I really like your drilling jig. I will have to try to slip into the shop (the one that I retired from) and make one of these. Great Project Jim!!

Thanks for sharing

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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#15 posted 627 days ago

Good job Jim. What a cool project, I love your stuff.

-- Kelly, Allen,KS

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