Oak Bell "Tower"

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Oak Bell “Tower” A good friend and his brother were each given a special commemorative brass cow bell by a long-lost relative in Switzerland, and after several years of not having a way to display them, they asked me to design and make display stands. The heavy leather belt was starting to dry and distort, so they wanted it displayed in a hanging mode. One other caveat; they wanted to be able to remove it without undoing the cumbersome buckle. I came up with this oak stand with a half-lap slip joint at the top, so to remove the bell, you just lift up the center cradle and slide it off. The stand is about 29 inches tall and 12 inches wide, finished in spray poly.

-- jbschutz

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#1 posted 07-26-2011 06:04 PM

This is very cleverly designed and very well executed. It’s a marvelous piece.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#2 posted 07-26-2011 07:14 PM

Very nicely done, when I first read it I thought you were talking about a small dinnerbell and a leather strap, then I seen the picture wow, that’s huge. I’m sure they will love it.

-- Tom D

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#3 posted 07-26-2011 07:40 PM

Have to say, even though I am no expert, that this is the finest cow bell display stand I have ever seen. If I were building a cow bell display stand, I would hope that I would come up with the lovely line and curve of the top crossbar and upright. Could be the “next big thing”. Kidding aside, it is nicely done.

-- "Everybody makes mistakes. A craftsman always fixes them." (Monty Kennedy, "The Checkering and Carving of Gunstocks", 1952)

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#4 posted 07-26-2011 07:44 PM

Beautiful and elegant design John. This is really neat !

-- Gene, Majestic Eagle Woodworks,,

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#5 posted 07-26-2011 09:40 PM

Wow, that is a wonderful cow bell. Stand is just as wonderful. Those Swiss take their cow bells seriously. When I was there in 1968 I bought a run of the mill working cow bell. That bugger is much louder than the ones we have here.

Randy ( ringing his bell )

-- That was not wormy wood when I started working on it.

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