Explosive Mahogany Paperweight

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Project by AlpE posted 08-11-2020 12:56 AM 879 views 1 time favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Have you ever had a really nice piece of scrap in the pile that was just too small to really do anything with, but its nice wood so you just hang on to it forever, hoping someday you’ll think of something to do with it? Well, that’s what this piece of wood is. I found this block of African Mahogany in the trash bin at a local lumberyard. It looked like the top of a 6×6 post, but only 4 inches or so tall. I actually think it might have been the end of a turning blank, since I can’t imagine anyone using mahogany to make a fence post, but I digress. Anyway, it was a nice block of wood and it was free, so I picked it up and sat in the pile in the garage and forgot about it for a year or two.

One day the power went out, and while sitting around in boredom, waiting for the storm to pass, I looked at this block, and had an idea. I was limited to hand tools and battery power. Its pretty crude, but lets be honest here, even crude work with nice wood looks pretty good.

Theres a spring inside the chamber that is compressed when the trigger shaft is inserted and the pin pushed though. Its just strong enough that when you pull the pin, it has enough force to eject the trigger handle just far enough away from the grenade to fall completely out.

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#1 posted 08-11-2020 07:35 AM

This is realy cool – very fun and unique project

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#2 posted 08-11-2020 12:05 PM

I get it.

-- Don't outsmart your common sense

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Jim Jakosh

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#3 posted 08-11-2020 12:36 PM

Nice use of the small pieces!!


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

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#4 posted 08-11-2020 06:35 PM

Now put a #1 on the ring and a base with a sign: Complaint Dept, take a number.

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James E McIntyre

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#5 posted 08-11-2020 10:26 PM

You better glue it down. It may grow legs

-- James E McIntyre

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