Kaleidoscopes A toy for all ages

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Project by Billp posted 05-07-2009 10:27 PM 2306 views 7 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here are the kaleidoscopes I made for my grandkids, they are from the discontinued magazine Woodwork but you can still get back issues, this if from February 2008. The design was by Michael Cullen. I used Cherry,Mahogany,and tiger maple. The finish is padded shellac. I will wax in a few days after they harden. The design didn’t have an eye piece and it scratched when you placed it to your face so I just added one. Bill p

-- Billp

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#1 posted 05-07-2009 10:48 PM

Hey Bill these are great .Do you have web site


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#2 posted 05-08-2009 12:44 AM

Very nice. My grand daughters would love that. I will have to give that a try.

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#3 posted 05-08-2009 01:00 AM

Nice looking, fun toys; even for adults.
I made some of them years ago. For additional enhancement I mounted some on the lathe and turned most of the cylinder round, leaving the head hexagonal so they wouldn’t roll. I also made some with a 1/8” groove cut at the joints and then filling the groove with a contrasting wood. When those were turned on the lathe they looked even better. I gave all but one away and right now I can’t fine it or I would post a picture.

-- Les B, Oregon

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#4 posted 05-08-2009 02:13 AM

i’ve been thinking of making one of those.. your’s turned out great.. i would also go with my lathe for the body.

-- It's not a sickness, i can stop buying tools anytime.

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#5 posted 05-08-2009 02:21 AM

A-1 Jim I don’t have a web sight. I dont have a lathe either or they would be round.

-- Billp

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#6 posted 05-08-2009 08:19 AM

Your grandkids are going to love them!
Very nice work, thanks for sharing

-- Nature is my manifestation of God. I go to nature every day for inspiration in the day's work. I follow in building the principles which nature has used in its domain" Frank Lloyd Wright

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#7 posted 05-08-2009 01:59 PM

Very nice. Kids must love them.

-- Junji Sugita from Japan,

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#8 posted 05-10-2009 04:56 AM

I’m inspired. I will look into this as well.


-- Behind the Bark is a lot of Heartwood----Charles, Centennial, CO

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#9 posted 11-16-2009 04:35 PM

great job on the wooden kaleidoscopes.

-- hardwood, South Carolina,

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#10 posted 12-30-2009 03:35 PM

Very nice – Is a great idea for gifts..

Thanks for sharing

-- Scotty - aka... SgtSnafu - Randleman NC

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