Ship's Wheel

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Project by BigBob posted 11-07-2008 03:58 PM 1684 views 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this wheel for a friends sailboat. The wheel is made of Honduras Mahogany and is 32” in diameter.
It is laminated from three 3/8” octagons which are laid up in a pattern. A template is used to index a router aound the each section and then spokeshaved. The finish is a high UV varnish.

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#1 posted 11-07-2008 04:06 PM

Very Nice!!

-- If you have gone through a whole day without learning something new, you wasted it.

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#2 posted 11-07-2008 04:14 PM

Fine workmanship.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#3 posted 11-07-2008 07:49 PM

Any sailor-and I am one, would be very proud and LUCKY to have this fine workmanship(pun not intended)
on their vessel. If outdoors some say seven coats of varnish are required as about two per year deteriorate…how many did you apply? This is an awesome example of a talented woodworker!

-- Quando Omni Flunkus Moritati

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#4 posted 11-07-2008 09:10 PM

Thanks Cedrus, the finish is started by filling the grain with tung oil and wet sanding. The first coat of varnish is thinned by 50 percent followed by about 5 coats more. From there the owner recoats lightly every two years.
If you do not fill the grain first and go to straight varnish, then many coats will be needed .

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#5 posted 11-07-2008 10:12 PM

well done, Bob. I’m no sailer but that’s some pretty work.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#6 posted 11-08-2008 02:49 AM

Well done. Your friend is very lucky.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#7 posted 11-08-2008 04:51 PM

Very cool…

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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#8 posted 02-25-2009 09:00 PM

Super nice!

-- spanky46 -- Never enough clamps...Never enough tools...Never enough time.

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#9 posted 02-25-2009 10:24 PM

Beautiful work. I watched a “How It’s Made” episode on how these are made, and this looks as good as one right out of the pro shop where that was filmed. And of course, your friend will always appreciate it far more than something bought, and less personal. Great work!

-- Gary, Los Angeles, video game animator

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