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Project by robscastle posted 04-13-2019 12:45 AM 811 views 0 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was a request from DIL from when I was in Sydney, she wanted a stand to display her Bottles of Essential Oils.

I had a piece of drift wood that just happened to pass by so I used that.

Construction Processs:

First up I needed to obtain a flat datum to work with so I made a jig to hold the piece so I could feed it into my thicknesser.

I removed the bulk of the high spots in the material with my Arbortech Turbo Planner then fed it into the thicknesser.

Once that was complete I drilled suitable sized holes with a forstner bits, totaling about 15 or so of each size.

The next step was then out with the wire brush and remove all the aged surface. Upon cleaning it all up it was simply finished off with a coat of sanding sealer.

Took me a couple of hours from start to finish.

The tools used:-
Arbortech Turbo Planer
Guinevere sanding system
Thicknesser
Drill Press and two forstner bits
Water based Sanding Sealer.

What sort of timber is it?...well I have no idea actually, but it looks OK.
Here is another a picture of it post delivery, populated and in use.

-- Regards Rob





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hunter71

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#1 posted 04-13-2019 12:49 AM

I don’t understand this?

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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robscastle

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#2 posted 04-13-2019 12:56 AM

Hey Hunter71

Its a girlie thing and the essential oils dont include Tung Oil or the likes that a guy would consider essential!

I was just asked to make it so I did as I was asked dont try to figure it out any more than that.

But I will rename it from just Essential Oils to Drift Wood for Essential oils, may be that will help.

-- Regards Rob

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anthm27

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#3 posted 04-13-2019 02:01 AM

Nice one Rob, that really is something out of nothing, Brilliant.
Good use of the turbo planer, (mine arrives Tuesday).
And , Im happy you didn’t loose your shirt sleeve on this project.
Regards
Anth

-- To be a true artist one must stick to their own thought process

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#4 posted 04-13-2019 03:50 AM

Rob, I hate to admit it, but I get it. Nice job. I like the way you solved the problem of how to flatten the bottom of the driftwood. The guy I worked with had a simpler notion.

He wanted 12 boxes for 170 bottles. This is my post about the experience.

Keep working and keep posting.

-- Big Al in IN

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#5 posted 04-13-2019 06:47 AM

Essential Oils aren’t something I understand either Rob, BUT making what the customer wants is always a winner.
You’ll always get a good roast dinner from her from now on with every visit, top job!!

-- Lifes good, Enjoy each new day...... Cheers from "On Top DownUnder" Crowie

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robscastle

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#6 posted 04-13-2019 07:11 AM

OK lets try again The DIL (Daughter In Law) asked me to make a holder for her “Essential Oils” (I am not sure what they are exactly but she gave me a picture and two different size bottles.

This is what the first image she found looked like.

I thought it looked a little boring and suggested the Drift wood.
I sent her an image and she said yes. So I set to work.
Using a test block I determined I could use two Forstner bits one 28mm The larger of the two bottles and the other 23mm, being the smaller of the two bottles.

This is what the final result is.

(understanding i only had two bottles for the complement of about 40.)

Knowing this fact I cut the Drift wood with about 42 holes.

I hope that makes it clearer, otherwise I am going to stick my shirt sleeve in my flap disc and rip it off.!

Pay particular attention to the bubble wrap I had to unpack it to take the additional photos to enable you to get my drift!!

P.S. In saying all that if there is still confusion have a look at Boxguys effort with the box containers that he made, way beyond my skills I have to say.

-- Regards Rob

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anthm27

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#7 posted 04-13-2019 08:16 AM

I hope that makes it clearer, otherwise I am going to stick my shirt sleeve in my flap disc and rip it off.!

Absolutely Hilarious,

-- To be a true artist one must stick to their own thought process

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#8 posted 04-13-2019 09:36 AM

Ok, I see, nice job man.

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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#9 posted 04-13-2019 10:21 AM

That is one helluva nice presentation.

Hey rc, a DIL and an unmentioned SWMBO is a combination that will drift any sane man into the woods and turn him ga-ga!

One question I have though… Do you have a bandsaw? I would rather face the MIL than attempt to thickness on those pilons. The fact that you managed to post this blog meand the fingers never left the hand (or the right one) or you have a faithfull SIL.

PS. Only in Qld. will one find some drift wood with perfect holes in them.

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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#10 posted 04-13-2019 10:35 AM

Turned out to be a really nice display piece.

CtL

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

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#11 posted 04-13-2019 12:42 PM

Nicely done, Rob. I would have done the initial flattening with a bandsaw or frame saw, similar to LBD, but we’re scaredy-cats.

Was just reading Bill Bryson’s In a Sunburned Country and one of the things I remember is his mention that folks in QLD are different. I think the phrase he quoted was “mad as a sack of cut snakes.” Apparently brilliance sometimes comes with the madness. ;-)

A friend of mine is moving from Minneapolis to Brisbane soon. Perhaps I’ll get down to visit him once my life settles down a bit. I think it’s only 35 days on the boat from Vancouver, BC to Sydney.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#12 posted 04-13-2019 09:40 PM

Some post replies are in order, so here we go.

Doug: I guess we make some odd items for the family every now and then.
BTW Did you ever post anything on your whel making jig, I was looking fir ot some time back but couldnt find anything. The reason I ask is I have an ongoing activity to produce some wheels even if its just to develop my skills.

Anthony:
I think you will be impressed with your purchase, as from what I read just about everybody who has one or a Kutzall is happy with the puchase. The sleeve joke is a pick up by me on some flap disk machines I didndt realise sush a piece if kit existed, more lucky USA guys than what we can get here! including the lack of 5/8” HCM sharpeners!.

Boxguy:
Thanks I checked out your Essential Oils work when you posted it, and was going to suggest to the DIL she go the same way but decided against it as she specifically wanted an open stand setup.

LBD:
Yes I have a bandsaw, but I am at a loss as to how I would set it up to make the cut.
A Pauline, “Please explain” is needed.
Also what does pilon mean, I couldnt find anything on Google to enlighten me there.
As for the holes you should have seen the size of the termites I dug out of each one I have sone parcelled up to send Pottzy when he send me the HCM sharpener!!

Clieb91:
Thanks for the reply, its nice to be able to make items for the family, and have fun at the same time.

Dave:
I had a good chuckle reading your reply, ... Thank you also.
Now Bill is 100% correct regarding Queenslanders.
When your friend relocates please let him know of my location and if you get to visit we could do a motorbike ride around the sights as a friendship guesture.

-- Regards Rob

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LittleBlackDuck

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#13 posted 04-14-2019 04:07 AM



... similar to LBD, but we’re scaredy-cats….
- Dave Polaschek

Hey D’P’, dont rank me with those furry felines… I’m a two legged feathered chicken with webbed feet…

.... I think it’s only 35 days on the boat from Vancouver, BC to Sydney….
- Dave Polaschek

And perhaps a tad longer in a row boat… think of the planet and conserve fuel…

.... but I am at a loss as to how I would set it up to make the cut.
A Pauline, “Please explain” is needed.
- robscastle

I probably would have set a 90° outrigger on your happy snap #4 and fed that through the bandsaw as a “sled”.... I might have even considered freehand passing through the bandsaw (with maybe a handle/dowels to keep the fingers at a safer distance).

.... but I am at a loss as to how I would set it up to make the cut.
A Pauline, “Please explain” is needed.
Also what does pilon mean…. I couldnt find anything on Google to enlighten me there….
- robscastle

Your Google is probably as reliable as my spell checker… try pylons… the support ones not the ones you sit uncomfortably on without the cream…. and don’t pull a Pauline on that one!

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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#14 posted 04-14-2019 10:43 AM

Sounds like an excellent plan, Rob. And as Ducky says, you just need a pillion to hold the driftwood as you send it through the bandsaw. Or is that a pile-on?

I’m not sure what happened there, LBD, for I certainly meant to type “scaredy-ducks”, but perhaps auto-correct helped me out. It sometimes does that. And it’s not that I was trying to conserve fuel taking a boat, just that I meant if creatures were meant to fly, we would have jet engines where our cloacas are. It’s unnatural!

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#15 posted 04-14-2019 10:56 AM



.... we would have jet engines where our cloacas are….
- Dave Polaschek

All my ex’s would disagree with that… or confirm it, depending of your interpretation.

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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