Apollo 11 - Novelty Item

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Project by Colin posted 07-16-2010 10:46 PM 2221 views 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was looking for an idea for an item to enter into the Novelty section of the Woodcraft competition at a local industrial show. The concept came from an article in the Summer 2010 issueWOODCARVING ILLUSTRATED by Larry Wolterstorff

The earth has magnets sunk into it, as has the outer ring of the base plate set in the opposite magnetic direction, this causes the earth to spin by some unseen force. The immortal words of the “first man on the moon” are carved onto the moon. The hardest part was transferring a true representation of the continents onto the wooden ball I had turned. The earth is suspended on fishing line with the height being adjustable by a brass turn button. The project certainly creates interest with great discussions as to what is making the earth move.

-- Colin, Aberdeenshire, Scotland. "Every craftsman was once an amateur"

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#1 posted 07-16-2010 11:10 PM

Very nice Colin. Great concept and well executed. Keep up the good work.
On a side note – it doesn’t seem like 41 years since the first moon landing.

-- Dave

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#2 posted 07-16-2010 11:40 PM

That’s a great project Colin. The workmanship is out of this world!

-- I am responsible for how I respond to everything in my life - - Deadwood SD

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#3 posted 07-17-2010 12:47 AM

Wow, this is awesome. I’ve been toying with some sort of project to suspend something using rare earth magnets. You must have done a lot of testing to pull this off just right!

-- Entertainment for mere mortal woodworkers.

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#4 posted 07-17-2010 10:36 PM

funny idea
well done


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#5 posted 07-18-2010 12:34 AM

Very unique and beautifully done. Using the earth magnets was a great idea. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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