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 Post subject: The moon phase?
PostPosted: Sat Aug 09, 2014 10:48 pm 
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I have had a 6 inch diameter magnifying glass lying around for a dozen years or so with nowt in my brain cell as to what to do with it. A few weaks back I had an idea and thought what the hell.

This was the result

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Then I was wondering just what I cold do for my d-in-law when they came to see us a few daze back and as I had a couple of 6 inch beveled edge mirrors I tried the same idea with one of those. I think that it turned out OK and she was quite chuffed with it

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Well, it was a shame to waste an old English oak TV cabinet that I had been given init already? I

look quite reasonable when most of me is hidden and out of focus 8-) 8-)

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Luvly jubly ......innit! :D

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Very nice! The finish has brought out the grain beautifully. What did you use?

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That is beautiful, Jonzjob -lucky d-i-l !!! Really fabulous work. The bevelled glass gives it a special touch, and I like the way you've done the stand.
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Great job, really like the magnifier. I wish I could reclaim my patience for doing woodwork.
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Thank you for all of your comments.

The wood is English oak and started out as a TV cabinet. The finish is celulose sanding sealer, then melamine laqure and then buffed on my Beal buffing system and finally buffed with carnuba wax. That gives it a lovely sheen and a good hardy finish.

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I've not come across the Beal system. I shall have to look that one up as the finish looks really good. I use the sanding sealer and melamine lacquer on lots of my pieces, but nothing quite as complex as the mirror frame.

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Where do you get your sanding sealer from Barry? I tried all over and couldn't find any here, so mine came from Stroud when we went back for my sons' wedding 5+ years back. Just as well I got a gallon!!

This is the Beal system in action

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iUnql9eYV5A

And I bought mine through these people

http://www.toolpost.co.uk/pages/Finishe ... buffs.html

I got the 3 x 8" wheels plus the 3 bowl buffs and a 1mt mount for my Record CL1 lathe. After I had changed the motor on my lathe for a 3ø motor I found that the shaft on the old motor was the same size as the buff mandril, so I now have the old motor driving the buffing. It's a 1400 rpm jobbie and just the job for it. The compounds will last a lifetime, but don't drop the wax because it will shatter :ymblushing: :ymblushing: :ymblushing:

Well worth the money!!

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Thanks for sending the links. I have a very poor internet connection at the moment as the phone line has been damaged during the recent harvest (it happens virtually every year!) but I will look at them when I get the opportunity.
I also have to get the sanding sealer in the UK. I pass the Axminster Tool Company store in High Wycombe when we travel back to see the MIL. I always call in on the way, and on the way back if I can find a suitable excuse for a second visit. I use the cellulose version rather than the acrylic but wonder how much longer it will be available as all paints now seem to be changing their formulation for Health and Safety reasons. I normally pick up a couple of liters each visit which lasts me as I tend to make small items, mainly pens. I have to admit though that I have not been making so much recently as the really wet weather has meant we have not done nearly as many markets as in past years and sales have slowed dramatically.
Axminster used to be willing to send the sealer, but I believe they are no longer able to do so, but they do send most things. Delivery is generally very good so I have always used them a lot for pen kits etc.

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I am on 1st name terms with several of the Axxy tech guys and have used then a lot for the past 20 years now. They still believe in giving a 1st class service and if/when a problem occurs they sort it quickly.

I don't know if you know this forum Barry. It is very good and the guys there are very helpful

http://www.ukworkshop.co.uk/forums/index.php

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Thanks for that link. I had not come across that one before. I will probably be spending some time there in the future. :ymsmug:

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Being as we have just had a moon eclipse I have managed to get back in my workshop to carry on with my own moon phase again..

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But it isn't just a plain bit and I thought about time. So, time it was

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The base, upright, pins and clock body are ash and the moon is oak. It was a right awd game to get it centred x_x but I like it..

Before the clock I made something totally different and quite practicle. I haven't made one for ages. The last one was for the cousin of SWMBO ;;) ;;)

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When it's shut the reals are really safe, but when you open it up they are really easy to real off, really =:)

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Good 'ere int :D :D

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Beautiful ... :ymapplause:


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That's really lovely and really useful and what a great combination eh ?

As the reels are secure, you either use them in small bits for hand sewing or take the thread direct from the frame to thread the machine without having to remove them. :)

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You are clever, Jonzjob ! Something so beautiful but so useful too !


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Thank you ladies. I love a challenge like that and the clocks, I bought 4, were originally got for a wrist watch design I saw. A lovely thing but quite complicated, so I thought of something more simple??

The cotton reel holder came from an idea from a sewing magazine. I just did what I thought was a better idea??

I work on the principle that It's the least I can do and I will always try to do the least :O3 :O3

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The moon idea for the clock was inspired !
OH is a great fan of Axminster Tools - but we know the one in Axminster !


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The clock is stunning, and the reel holder .....well it is wonderful to see such a beautifully designed piece. Thank you for sharing them.


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Further to my 'moon phase' I found a couple more hiding in a small square of English elm that came with us from England 11 years back. It is truly to see just what hides in a bit of wood and elm has such a lovely grain

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I have turned a few single moons now and wondered if it would be feasible to hang one inside the other? It is, and I quite like the result.

So, our trans Atlantic cousins think they have found another planet outsside Pluto, well I found too in a lump of elm :O3 :O3

Nearly forgot!! They will be a part of a 70th present for a good friend on Sunday..

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They are beautiful and I'm sure your friend will be delighted :-bd :-bd


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I love the two together and the way they can move ! Beautiful work, Jonzjob.


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Beautiful work Jonzjob. :ymapplause:


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Ta folks. They are really nice to make and someone suggested similar in star shape? Watch this space??

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Well, this bit of 'space' arrived at last. We went over to the S/W U.K. a couple of weeks back to see family there. We wanted to take something for a good friend who lost her husband a year back and as he was a real star I thought of this

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The same idea as the double moon, but a bit more complicated to do. The star is made from the piece that came from the moon's centre.

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Getting the ballance between the 2 was tricky, but I am very pleased with the result. The wood is leylandii and came from one of the trees (82 of the things) that I had to cut down. The first time I turned it I was really surprised at how lovely the grain is. So it ain't all bad as a tree ?

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That is absolutely beautiful. ^:)^

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Ta Rebus. It wasn't so beautiful when I dropped the star and it broke into 4 bits! x_x x_x

But they were all clean breaks and after glueing it back together again and trueing it all off on my lathe you can't see the joins, so to speeque ;;) ;;)

The star was cut out on my scroll saw and that is not my best disciplin by a long way?

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That's wonderful, Jonzjob - bit of a blow about the star, but you've obviously done a first class repair job :-bd


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I bet your friend was thrilled with such a thoughtful, exquisitely executed gift. :ymapplause:


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Ta all. I have to admit that she were quite chuffed. After SWMBO saw it she was lucky to get it x_x

You wait till I got me clock finished? If I ever do!!

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Better get on with it - I'm looking forward to seeing it :)


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Well, these are some of the gears

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And to keep me 'and in

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