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Project by Andrew Boyce posted 03-25-2011 10:15 PM 4034 views 1 time favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Whoa… wait a minute, I know what you are thinking. WTH… this is a woodworking site, whats this?
A little explanation is due.,,
In my ‘spare time’ I am a production manager for a company that makes polyester resin castings here in the UK. One of the projects that I have been working on recently is this… a ships telegraph made of resin for a whisky distillery in Scotland wihch produces ‘Old pulteney’ The brief was, make us 150 units of a back bar display for our whisky as a ships telegraph…
I set about making , in MDF (Medium Density Fibreboard in the UK. Is that what its called in the US?) a pattern for casting.
In the first image is what I made as the prototype. It is made of laminated MDF and is essentially a turning (The big circular part on top) a stem, turned pine, and a base, pine also. It has a paper dial with a piece of perspex in front as a replacement to a glass original.
The whole is stained with a celluluse based woodstain and is lightly covered with a product called ‘fingergold’, a paste supplied to picture framers for gilding
We have just sent them all out on two pallets to the customer…. you are seeing this probably at the same time that they do! If anyone tells you that what you can do with hardboard is limited… think again!
Comments welcome!

-- Maker of Stuff....

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#1 posted 03-26-2011 04:09 AM

:-) Cheers with a good job Done
and if you made those to be sold I think you cuold be a popular man in my city … LOL

thank´s for sharing

take care

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#2 posted 03-26-2011 04:34 AM

Hey Andrew,
Good looking telegraph’s…nice job.

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#3 posted 03-26-2011 06:01 AM

Can´t believe that is MDF. !!
Nice looking.

-- Back home. Fernando

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#4 posted 03-26-2011 06:55 AM

wood, an amazing element, product, as limited to what you can do with it, as your own mind.

gotta love it

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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#5 posted 03-27-2011 03:33 PM

Terrific job, Andrew! Really had me faked out at the start!! Found a reference to the metallic paste—“Goldfinger” by Daler & Rowney in the UK. Their website ( has the locations of local suppliers throughout the world, and I was able to find one near my home here in Maryland. Been looking for a product like this for years. Thanks for sharing!

-- Bob, Potomac, MD

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