Tricky Hourglass

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Project by Yuri posted 07-29-2012 01:03 AM 2293 views 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was given small sample of stained white teak. So I had to make something small to check this wood in action by making 2.5 inch tall 5 min hourglass. Picture 3 – 5 shows how i bored the center hole and mounting the glass to protect from braking by wood expansion and shrinkage

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#1 posted 07-29-2012 01:11 AM

That is the most unusual hourglass i’ve ever seen. Very interesting and well done!

-- LittlePAW - The sweetest sound in my shop, next to Mozart, is what a hand plane makes slicing a ribbon.

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#2 posted 07-29-2012 04:20 AM

Very clever. Took a minute to figure out that you broke the disc then glued it back together, but I still haven’t figured out how you bored the center hole with lips at both ends.

-- Tom

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#3 posted 07-29-2012 05:47 AM

Tomw, my guess is he used a router bit that fit inside the hole he bored, and then simply routed the inside circumference of the hole to make the lip on both sides. just need a bearing that allows the bit to have that 1/8 inch depth of cut.

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#4 posted 07-29-2012 11:50 AM

Fun project Yuri. I think you were very clever to break the disk rather than making it oval by sawing it. You could of course also have jointed two pieces with a paper joint before drilling the hole to accomplish the same thing, but I think the broken edges glue joint will be more invisible the way you did it.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#5 posted 07-29-2012 01:36 PM

That’s a very unusual design. It looks good.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#6 posted 07-29-2012 03:10 PM

Thank you all. Breaking disk and gluing back leaves no mark at all, almost impossible to find the joint. 99% of the time wood breaks by the grain line.

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#7 posted 07-29-2012 04:19 PM

Wonderflly creative use of small peices.

-- Jeff, Ability will never catch up with the demand for it. - Malcolm Forbes

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