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Project by Jim Jakosh posted 07-12-2019 03:37 PM 448 views 3 times favorited 30 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Now that I’m making pens, I needed a way to display them at shows. I had a lot of designs and settled on this carousel that can be mounted on top of my bottle stopper rack to save space on the table( which is always full).
This was made from 4 pieces of box elder, turned and then fluted on the lathe. It is stained with Zar 120 stain..the same as was used on the bottle stopper rack .The base is 7 3/4” and it holds 18 pens . It is finished with semi gloss enamel.

I bored out the bottom to fit the stopper rack and bored out the top to save weight and then made a mahogany lid with a bayonet base to cap it off. I can lift it by the lid with the pins locked in.

Below are some process shots of it in the making. This is the first time I used my router fluting lathe fixture on an angle and wouldn’t you know it, it did not go high enough so I had to add 4 more holes to get it to clear the piece. I did the fluting with a 5/8” core box router bit in the plunge router. I also had to open that top slot from 5/8” to 3/4” to use the larger bit and bushing..

Then I set it up on them sine plate to drill a hole in each flute to hold the pen by the point.

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

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#1 posted 07-12-2019 03:47 PM

Jim , this is incredible project….and the way you made those grooves – is just awesome, very smart!!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#2 posted 07-12-2019 04:10 PM


-- bambi

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#3 posted 07-12-2019 04:13 PM

That is REALLY COOL Jim.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#4 posted 07-12-2019 04:17 PM

Your intelligent level has just bent the needle Jim. So many complications to ponder! Excellent work on many levels!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#5 posted 07-12-2019 04:43 PM

quite the engineering job – kudos

-- 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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#6 posted 07-12-2019 04:48 PM

That’s a very involved project and you carried it off like the consumate pro that you are. Great work and beautiful too!

-- There are good ships and there are wood ships, the ships that sail the sea, but the best ships are friendships and may they always be.

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#7 posted 07-12-2019 04:59 PM

now your just showin off-lol. seriously that is just beautiful jim,im totally impressed.that is the perfect way to show your gorgeous pens and will give your display a real proffessional say you better start making more pens because i think sales are gonna be up.great job.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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#8 posted 07-12-2019 05:23 PM

What he said.

-- Mark

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#9 posted 07-12-2019 06:42 PM

Holy smokes. If I didn’t see the pics I would think it was done on some CNC. Funny thing is when I first saw the thumbnail on my phone it looked like a thimble.

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#10 posted 07-12-2019 07:14 PM

Thanks for showing how you did the flutes.

The carousel really cam out great and looks awesome setting on top of the stopper display.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#11 posted 07-12-2019 07:14 PM

Thanks guys, for all the nice comments. This was fun to do. I got to use a lot of my fixtures and the 72 hole index wheel to make it.
Hi SMP that is not CNC…..... it is HNC ( Human Numerical Control)..... I hit the numbers!!

cheers, Jim

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

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#12 posted 07-12-2019 07:23 PM

Wonderful display, and beautifully designed. I can see some pen collectors being interested in having a display like this for their own collection.
Thanks for the clear explanation. Not sure if I’ll make one for myself, but your method is superb.

-- John, British Columbia, Canada

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#13 posted 07-12-2019 07:52 PM

Very clever and attractive project.
Well done.

-- "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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#14 posted 07-12-2019 07:53 PM

This is amazing, Jim! Beautiful work.

-- Lynne, New Zealand - Crikey, Aussie is another country, Bro.

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#15 posted 07-12-2019 09:12 PM

some1 on here was just asking about this set up i do hope they see this beautiful thing GREAT JOB :<))))

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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