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Project by Jim Jakosh posted 11-13-2020 07:02 PM 931 views 0 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I had made this CD weather vane addition and because it was horizontal, the wind hardly moved it because it could hit the front and back at the same force. So I had the idea to add a dome to one side so the wind was deflected on one side and hit it straight on on the other and it worked. They were too plain so I made the domes into lady bugs to make them more attractive.

The domes were turned from Box Elder, sealed and then coated with engine enamel for durability.The lady bug detail was painted on and then they were clear coated.

Cheers, Jim

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





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Ivan

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#1 posted 11-13-2020 07:05 PM

So creative work! I like combination of materials. Good ide to turn them into lady bugg! ...BUBAMARA ili BOŽJA OVČICA

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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pottz

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#2 posted 11-13-2020 08:53 PM

pretty cool jim ya cant beat a moose and lady bug combo.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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crowie

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#3 posted 11-13-2020 09:27 PM

Very nice Jim.
The CDs will sparkle in the sunlight as the wind moves them around and the lady bird decorations will just look superb.
Clever craftsmanship!

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

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John

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#4 posted 11-13-2020 11:02 PM

Good idea Jim, it would sure be spinning here, lots of wind nowadays.

-- John, Sunshine Coast, BC, Canada.

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lew

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#5 posted 11-13-2020 11:47 PM

AWESOME!

Love the paint job for the ladybugs. Like Crowie said, those CD should really look great in the sun!

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

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bushmaster

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#6 posted 11-14-2020 02:55 AM

fantastic solution. Now that there is snow on the ground and have the new computer will have to start posting again.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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doubleDD

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#7 posted 11-14-2020 03:29 AM

Nice addition Jim. Either those things hardly move or the wind wants to break them. Cool idea with the lady bugs.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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mel52

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#8 posted 11-14-2020 04:14 AM

Great looking vane. I really like the idea of the CD use. Great job. Mel

-- MEL, Kansas

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Jim Jakosh

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#9 posted 11-14-2020 01:37 PM

Thanks for all the nice comments. This moves pretty good now in the wind.
This is my second CD wind project. The first one is just a CD windmill below:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EO7-x_-oEXQ

Cheers, Jim

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

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tyvekboy

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#10 posted 11-14-2020 02:37 PM

Now I know what to do will all my useless CDs. Thanks.

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA ………….. one can never be too organized

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splintergroup

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#11 posted 11-14-2020 02:56 PM

Clever and cute!

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woodshaver Tony C

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#12 posted 11-14-2020 08:53 PM

Very cool project Jim! Thanks for the YouTube video! Nice work!

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

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Jim Jakosh

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#13 posted 11-14-2020 09:14 PM

Thanks Alex, Bruce and Tony!!

Hi Alex, I looked for a long time to find something with .590 diameter that I could use to center the CD’s on and could not find anything so I made a bunch of 3/4” cube blocks , drilled out two holes on the center of the block at 90 degrees to each other and chucked them in a 4 jaw chuck and turned the .590” diameter to center them. One hole is drilled `1/4” for that aluminum rod and the other is drilled and tapped 8-32 to hold on the CD and it is threaded into the plastic block and goes right through the aluminum rod.

Cheers, Jim

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

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James E McIntyre

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#14 posted 11-14-2020 09:36 PM

Very fine craftsmanship Jim. Does the Moose like the big bugs circling beneath him?

I remember all those compact discs that AOL used to send us. I never would have thought of such a clever use for them.
I always enjoy looking at your work.

Are the insides painted with the block paint?

-- James E McIntyre

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Jim Jakosh

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#15 posted 11-14-2020 10:48 PM

Thanks, James. That moose is the big silent type..does not talk about his new neighbors !!

I have been saving all those advertising discs for a long time The insides of the bugs just have a sealer on them. The CD’s are not painted. I put two of them together with the shiny sides out! The bugs have a total of 10 CD’s attached to them. I felt it made them stronger than just a single one that is .050” thick.

Cheers, Jim

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

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