Beall Treen Mandrel bottle

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Project by Douglas Bordner posted 11-24-2012 01:05 AM 2938 views 3 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Afternoon’s fun with the Beall Treen Mandrel. Tiger Maple, Black Palm, Mylands High Build Friction Polish over CA.
2.325” x 3.25. Cork joint at the lid.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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#1 posted 11-24-2012 01:18 AM

I knew not of this mandrel, and really see how much I neeed one now. Oh, yeah and gorgeous little box.

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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#2 posted 11-24-2012 01:22 AM

Get all the accessories! Three sizes of bottles, no need to buy hardware.
There is a three part You-Tube video with JR at the lathe.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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#3 posted 11-24-2012 01:25 AM

This is awesome Douglas. What a gr8 combination of woods. Wow! Super nice, all the way around. I’m feelin like scottb now.. :)

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#4 posted 11-24-2012 01:35 AM

I could see outfitting it with a pin cushion and small thread thimble and needles, or for a single ring or earrings. Or snuff, etc.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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#5 posted 11-24-2012 01:37 AM

Great box Douglas. Nice job.

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

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#6 posted 11-24-2012 01:51 AM

this looks like it was really some fun douglas…

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#7 posted 11-24-2012 02:16 AM

Douglas that is a really neat little box. I have the Beal Treen set, with all of the attachments – I might have to give that a try. Can’t make a big box, but you can sure turn some neat little ones – good job.

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

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#8 posted 11-24-2012 02:22 AM

Neat lidded box. What does that mandrel look like?

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

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#9 posted 11-24-2012 02:37 AM

well done Douglas. Happy to see you are enjoying yourself.

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

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#10 posted 11-24-2012 05:29 AM

Here’s what the set looks like. Available from Lee Valley or direct from the inventor J.R. Beall at

Serious inventor and woodworker. The you-tube videos are delightful, IMHO.

Bigger rings with set-screws allow boxes with larger interior diameters in 1.5 and 2 inch sizes. Excavate the hole with a forstner bit on a drill press or better on the lathe. My live-center taper is frozen up in the spindle of my lathe, and until I can unstick it or get another spindle, I did this one the drill press. Better concentricity is achieved when boring with a chuck and Morse taper in the tailstock.
I turned the top pull between spindles on this one, and through-drilled the lid/stopper to install a tapered tenon rather than a two-piece stopper and decorative lid joined with a loose tenon or hardware as per the usual Beall method.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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#11 posted 11-24-2012 04:55 PM

Very nice Doug!

Your box looks great!

I guess i’ll have add this to my want list!

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#12 posted 11-24-2012 07:53 PM

Nice job, Douglas!


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#13 posted 11-24-2012 09:31 PM

Well done Buddy

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

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#14 posted 11-25-2012 12:39 AM

There is certainly something attractive about a project you can complete start to finish (and I do mean finish) on the lathe. Friction polish lets you build a durable finish on the lathe with multiple coats, no drying time and no worries as one waits for the finish to dry without attracting dust nibs.

It is also fitting to give a mini-review of the equipment and the company with this project.
I have several Beall inventions; a hinge wizard, this tool and the lathe spindle tap for 1”x 8” TPI (Jet Mini and some other lathes have this spindle spec). All are well thought out and reasonably priced, with fast and effective customer service. J.R.’s daughter does the web-page layout, so it’s truly an American family business worthy of support.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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