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Project by Jim Sellers posted 03-27-2019 04:13 AM 1697 views 7 times favorited 30 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Started this project almost 6 months ago but working times were limited to weekends, evenings and in between paying jobs. By far the most ambitious and challenging project I’ve ever attempted. My best guesstimate on time invested would probably be a little over 350 hrs + or -. Didn’t have a specific plan or vision when I started. Decided to make a large sphere and attempt to make some sort of box and try to incorporate some swiveling trays. ........................

Got two half shells glued and assembled, then went through a long pause mulling over possibilities. Guess you could say the design was achieved through on site field engineering. Lots of trial and error. Made a lot of templates. Made a couple of miscalculations early on that caused me grief trying to correct or hide. Now that it’s done I’m very happy with how well it came together and the end result. It functions flawlessly and I’m in awe that I actually pulled it off as well as I did.

There’s 14 pair of magnets (hidden) that keep sections stuck in place. Measures 16.5 in all directions (height, width, diameter). Opens up to 33” X 24”. The tray banks are secured with a nut and a machine screw coming through the bottom into the plinth block which supports aluminum rod axis. They are actually detachable and I’ve had them on and off at least a dozen times through construction. There’s 2 nylon washers between each tray for low friction swiveling. If not for the magnets the trays would swing freely.

The seam on the outside looked unsightly and it needed a color contrast so I inlaid the purple band over it and used the same for top hinge, pulls, and feet. Piano hinges were used on the sides. I mortised them in a little deep on the flat and skimmed bondo over the plates and covered the flat sides with myrtle wood veneer. Of course the least favorite part of the build is always the sanding. Flocking is not a pleasant task for me either but it was necessary on this one for obvious reasons. Outside finished with many coats of spray can satin lacquer. Insides finished with brush on shellac seal coats. Still considering doing something to enhance back of lid and/or drawer and tray faces.

-- J.C.Sellers, Norcross, Ga. Just cut it right the first time. The best carpenters make the fewest chips.

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#1 posted 03-27-2019 07:08 AM

Beautifully done Jim. I’ll bet that this one is really appreciated by the end user.

-- John, British Columbia, Canada

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#2 posted 03-27-2019 07:23 AM

Beautiful …... I can’t even begin to conceive how you did this.

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#3 posted 03-27-2019 08:08 AM

wow!! too good mate. too good.

-- Dave -

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#4 posted 03-27-2019 10:44 AM

speechless, too many good things to say and don’t know where to start

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#5 posted 03-27-2019 10:54 AM

Wow!!! Lots of creativity going on in there.

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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#6 posted 03-27-2019 11:01 AM

Beautiful piece Jim, well done.

-- Everyone calls me Ed or Eddie , mom still calls me Edward if she is mad at me.

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#7 posted 03-27-2019 12:34 PM

Jaw droppingly amazing.

-- "Fine Woodworking" is the name given to a project that takes 3 times longer than normal to finish because you used hand tools instead of power tools. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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Jim Jakosh

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#8 posted 03-27-2019 12:35 PM

WOW, Jim. That has to be the best project of the month..I hope an editor’s choice!
It is really an amazing work of art!!

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#9 posted 03-27-2019 01:04 PM

Love it!!!

-- Mike, A Yooper with a drawl,

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Jim Sellers

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#10 posted 03-27-2019 01:19 PM

Thanks for all the positive comments. I realized that I had not included any pics of the sides. I just threw together a quick blog with build pics (and sides)

-- J.C.Sellers, Norcross, Ga. Just cut it right the first time. The best carpenters make the fewest chips.

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#11 posted 03-27-2019 01:21 PM

simply beautiful GREAT JOB :<)))

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN :<))

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#12 posted 03-27-2019 02:22 PM

Very very interesting and a beautiful and well cone project.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#13 posted 03-27-2019 04:36 PM

Okay that is impressive, that’s what you call outside the box thinking!! Thanks for the inspiration for doing work that’s unique, congrats…..Rob

-- Rob,Gaithersburg,MD,One mans trash is another mans wood shop treasure ! ;-)

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#14 posted 03-27-2019 05:33 PM

Nicely done.


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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#15 posted 03-27-2019 06:20 PM

Super nice and certainly different with lots of nice details. Awesome craftsmanship!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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