Sun-ray Thread Holder

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Project by Arookar posted 05-07-2012 03:45 AM 3015 views 1 time favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was my first fine woodworking project at College of the Redwoods. The sun is made of madrone and the rays are made of Australian Cypress. Both very beautiful. I epoxied in 1/8” brass pins to set the spools on. Finish is clear Danish oil and the 3rd coat is wet sanded with 400 grit. The edge of the rays were all routed and the tips sanded to shape by hand.
The rays had a rabbet on the end which fit into a rabbet across the underside edge of the sun, essentially making a half-lap joint. Each ray had two holes drilled thru this joint and then pinned with 1/4” walnut dowels. You can see the exposed dowels- the circles all around the edge of the sun face. The trickiest part was spacing the rays. I tried at first to mathematically draw perfect wedges by dividing up the hemisphere. In the end, I adjusted each ray by hand until it was pleasing to my eye. Which sort of defeated the purpose of all my precise measurements! Live and learn!

-- The only gift is a portion of thyself. -Ralph Waldo Emerson, writer and philosopher (1803-1882)

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#1 posted 05-07-2012 04:57 AM

Once my wife sees this, I am going to have to add this to my honey do list.

-- There is no such thing as scrap wood, only smaller projects.

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#2 posted 05-07-2012 06:02 AM

My Daughter, the quilter, would love this. Could you share with us how you attached the rays to the Sun.

-- Larry in Hawaii,

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#3 posted 05-07-2012 02:58 PM

Larry- I have adjusted my description to include attachment of the rays.
I live in earthquake country and I have to regularly push the spools back on to the pins- they get shaken to the edge. If I was to do this again, I would make more of an adjustment to tilt the entire thing so gravity pulled the spools down onto the pins. I did this after the fact by adding a strip to “kick out” the bottom which in effect gives a little bit of tilt to the whole thing. Alternately you could bend each pin, which is ultimately probably the best simplest solution and something I may do in the future. Putting the pins all in tilted in the beginning (angled holes) was beyond my capabilities at the time since each pin would have a different angle of tilt as you made your way around the hemisphere. :)

-- The only gift is a portion of thyself. -Ralph Waldo Emerson, writer and philosopher (1803-1882)

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#4 posted 05-08-2012 01:28 AM

Thats a great design, looks good.

-- Martin ....always count the number of fingers you have before, and after using the saw.

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#5 posted 12-13-2012 01:15 AM

Arookar, I somehow missed this when it was first posted. It just came up on the front page and I am glad it did, a very cool way to do a thread holder and create a piece of artwork for the room as well.


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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