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Project by BarbS posted 02-20-2013 03:21 AM 1781 views 3 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve long admired the plum bob collections of many woodworkers, but having no flea markets nearby, I don’t have access to look for any, so decided to just make some and hang them in my shop from the rafters. Then decided to make each one out of a different species of wood, so it will be a ‘collection’ of its own! The first ones are flame box elder, cocobolo, apricot, osage orange and dyed maple. Just ordered more kits from Craft Supplies USA, so I can get busy adding to the set!
Second photo (hanging) shows one of fruitwood cherry on the left.
The tiny ones are from a 1” wood blank, the larger are about 2-1/4”.

-- http://barbsid.blogspot.com/





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DIYaholic

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#1 posted 02-20-2013 04:21 AM

I can see hanging them for display….
They’re way tooooooo nice to use & abuse “in the feild”!!!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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Karson

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#2 posted 02-20-2013 04:55 AM

Great looking fishing floats, or earrings or Christmas Ornaments OR.

Beautiful

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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woodbutcherbynight

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#3 posted 02-20-2013 04:56 AM

Nice work, makes me want to go out to the shop and make one to replace that nasty one I have been using for years. Like DIYaholic said though, not for use in the field. (laughing)

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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peteg

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#4 posted 02-20-2013 05:01 AM

Wow Barb your raising the bar for the humble Plumb Bob. you dont seriously suggest these be actually used are you :: ))
These are real beauties, just love your variety of timbers, Top job

Pete

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

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Vicki

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#5 posted 02-20-2013 05:05 AM

Beautifully done!

-- Vicki on the Eastern Shore of MD

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BarbS

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#6 posted 02-20-2013 05:34 AM

Aw, you’re all so funny! When would I actually Need a plumb bob? If I was stuck doing construction, I’d fail miserably. As a display, though, they really make me smile when I roll up the garage door. Now I’m digging for new and different scrap pieces.

-- http://barbsid.blogspot.com/

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Scott Oldre

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#7 posted 02-20-2013 12:23 PM

Barb, what are you using for the pointed bottom? They look great, and rather than me figure out another option, maybe you have a suggestion as to what you used. Thanks

-- Scott, Irmo SC

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#8 posted 02-20-2013 01:42 PM

They would make nice pendants too! Beautiful! :)

-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#9 posted 02-20-2013 02:37 PM

They are great looking and way too nice for construction work, besides I have a heavy steel bob for that. I have seen several people with similar displays stands, where do you get them?

-- Jesse, Saint Louis, Missouri

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SPalm

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#10 posted 02-20-2013 03:18 PM

Christmas Bobs by Barb.

Cool – and good looking too.
Steve

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#11 posted 02-20-2013 04:00 PM

Very nice.

-- - Terry

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BarbS

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#12 posted 02-20-2013 04:07 PM

Thanks, everyone. The hardware kits are from Craft Supplies USA. The small ones are a ‘Bobble kit’ using 1” wood blanks, but they come with 8/32 all thread rod to attach the top and bottom pieces, so I’m going to buy some and cut it longer for next time. The larger ones are a kit of ‘Christmas ornament’ hardware, using 7mm pen tubes with hardware pressure-fit in the ends. I forgot the length provided, but it was shorter and I substituted a regular 2” pen tube length to make it a little bigger.

-- http://barbsid.blogspot.com/

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Dennisgrosen

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#13 posted 02-20-2013 09:36 PM

AAAH thats the right juwelry accessesry to the dress and high heels in the shop :-)

thanks for sharing
Dennis

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#14 posted 02-21-2013 05:00 AM

Hi BarbS … I love your unique collection!!!

-- Elaine in Duncan

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#15 posted 02-21-2013 07:18 AM

BarbS, you don’t happen to have a 45 degree one in your portfolio?

I think these are beautiful enough to pass as Christmas ornaments or one of those that draw in the sand.

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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