Was out with the digital camera taking photos of yesterday's
Had 19" in about 28 hours. Lots of fun if you have 4WD. Here is a coat rack I
made out of a water bed plank (pine). The stock was about 1 1/2" thick, so I
glued two pieces together to make a 3"
diameter blank about 71" long. Total height: about 75". Indexed every 4th
hole (to make 6 sides with the 1 1/2" surface planning bit) on the top and
bottom portions. Sliding dovetail joinery for the legs. The legs were made on
the Legacy using a template (was a dumb idea, a router table or band saw (which
I didn't have at the time) is a better choice for making the legs). Clamped the
legs in a homemade vertical vise (another post forthcoming) on the Legacy to cut
the dovetail slides on the leg ends. Used a 1/4" point cutting round over for
the top detail. The 2 short spiral sections (left hand pitch) are 4 start, 1
1/2" diameter rope bit. Larger spiral section (right hand pitch) is a 3 start,
2" diameter rope bit. Hooks are 2 start, 1" diameter stock, 1" rope bit. Turned
in one piece, then separated when done. I wasted about 12 linear feet of 1"
square stock just to make the 6 hooks (first try stock came out tapered, next
time blew up while roping, what fun!). I hand cut the angle at the base of the
hooks (at the base of the tendons that join the Hooks to the post). Detail
between spirals was the 2" Provincial Plunge bit. Took about 2 days to make.
Oh, and as you can see in the first photo, it works great!
I know this is a little overkill, but I thought, "what the heck?". So, when I
ordered my chuck, I also ordered a ball bearing YoYo kit. (Penn State
Industries). I used a 1" rope molding to cut the pattern. Even used the
rotary table to cut the initial discs. I screwed up with the indexing, so that's
the design turned out as it did, yet I like the effect. As you can see
from the side view, the sucker is a little heavy (5/8" thick stock needed) since
I made it out of Brazilian teak. The edges could have been rounded more, but it
still fits in my hand OK. It works great. The ball bearing spindle makes
for really long sleeps. At some point, I'll make another one and make it
lighter so it will be easier to do more tricks.