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Forum topic by Stormy posted 01-29-2013 01:59 PM 885 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-29-2013 01:59 PM

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I’m in the process of making a case for a heart shaped hourglass. Totally new project for me and I would like to hear from anyone who has experience with mounting glass in wood. I cannot just turn an end on the lathe, since the glass is heart shaped and the ends are a figure 8 shape. Is there some sort of rubber or cushion for the ends?

Any advise from Lj’s?

-- Stormy: Sometimes the wood just tells you what it wants to be.

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#1 posted 01-30-2013 11:30 PM

You can’t turn in on a lathe to get the groove to set the glass in, but if you have a pencil and a router, you can trace the shape and follow the marks with your router. Since it is hand blown, the two ends of the hour glass are likely not identical.
Once you have the groove, you could cut some cork to fit. Cork sheets are readily available at most craft stores.
Alternatively, you could trace (by offset) the inside of the hour glass and band or scroll saw a heart shaped piece about 1/4” thick to snuggle inside the glass ends. Glue that thin piece to the base, orienting for parallel grain. This would not offer the same seal for fine sand, but you could set the end on a small bead of clear silicone.

-- Dan Krager, Olney IL Just when you figure out where things are in the hardware store, they rearrange the store.

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#2 posted 01-31-2013 12:42 AM

I used Silicone to secure the glass in the one I made.

-- No PHD, but I have a GED and my DD 214

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