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Project by ToddHolmDotCom posted 01-06-2014 03:37 AM 835 views 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch

Apparently the word is out at work that I know my way around a shop. The other day I was sitting in my office minding my own business when one of the guys from down the hall comes in with a bell and says “We need to hang this on something, can you make something to hang it on?” He was thinking that a square frame would do it. But in talking with him I learned it was to be used during a Marine Corps Dinner. So I thought a nautical theme might be appropriate.

It is made from 8/4 walnut. The base is a solid piece of 8/4 walnut to add stability. Figuring out how to turn the doughnut was the hardest part. I don’t have a chuck large enough to span that space (as you can see it tested the full capacity of my 12 inch lathe). Then I realized that most ships wheels have pegs run through them to connect the three layers of wood that are usually used to construct them. So I screwed 12 two and a quarter inch screws into the rim (and into the same holes from the other side when I flipped it over to finish the back) and filled them with half inch walnut plugs when I was done.

They are very happy with what they got. I think the handles are a little too big but they said that is the right size to grip. Much better than a square frame. Semper Fi

-- Todd "I am just a teacher and a carpenter, that doesn't mean I have a God complex. But I am complex."

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#1 posted 01-09-2014 06:34 PM

Nice wheel, whith right tool everything is possible, but you have skill extra.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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