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Project by Sam Shakouri posted 02-27-2013 09:52 AM 1648 views 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well, first, what are MACHICOLATES or Machicolations? Many people have never heard this word but I needed it to write this article to tell you how I turned them on my lathe and found it in (Parts Of Castles In The Middle Ages). They are the top part of a castle that surround its roof. The main purpose of them is defensive by providing a clear access across the top of the battlement enabling the soldiers to quickly follow the attack point of the enemy.
Now, how I turned them on my lathe for the chess box that looked like a castle? Again as usual, necessity was the mother of all invention. They were one ring of 12 segments that I screwed (not glued) on the roof of the castle. as in pic#1. After turning them together, I unscrewed the ring in one piece and cut off the waste parts as in pictures #2,3. By then I had 6 machicolates and 6 waste parts, as in pic #4. And last step was to glue them without the waste parts leaving equal gaps between them as in pics 5&6. Here my wooden castle was, with Machicolates to look like real one.
NOTE: If you like to read more about Machicolates, go to:
NOTE#2: pictures #4,5 & 6 are replaced by better ones.

-- Sam Shakouri / CREATING WONDERS WITH WOOD.....Sydney,Australia....

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#1 posted 02-27-2013 10:21 AM

Thanks for sharing Sam. you make things look so easy. The word MACHICOLATES makes your project very interesting and would be great to use at a show and tell session. Could that method could be used when doing a tall vessel? Found your background colour made pic 5 and 6 difficult to see or maybe I need new glasses. Nice work Sam.

-- Bob C, Australia. Your best teacher is your last mistake.

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#2 posted 02-27-2013 10:32 AM

Thanks Bob, I took these photos on a bench made of pine in the men’s shed this morning. It is my mistake. I may replace them tomorrow. I can assure you nothing wrong with your glasses.

-- Sam Shakouri / CREATING WONDERS WITH WOOD.....Sydney,Australia....

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#3 posted 02-27-2013 01:12 PM

Interesting process and nice job.

-- Dewayne in Bainbridge, Ga. - - No one can make you mad. Only you decide when you get mad - -

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#4 posted 02-27-2013 02:06 PM

Good thinking Sam. Clever as always.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#5 posted 02-27-2013 02:26 PM

Good solution for a great project but open segmented turning would be easier!

-- Dennis, WV

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#6 posted 02-27-2013 03:16 PM

Love the way you think, Sam!

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

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#7 posted 02-28-2013 01:11 AM

Cool, Sam!!...........Jim

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

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#8 posted 02-28-2013 02:16 AM

Sam you just love getting your head around a challenge :)
This is a great project
cheers Mate

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#9 posted 02-28-2013 01:32 PM

Nice looking table. I’m not sure of the word you were trying to use but I always thought they were called crenellations, but that’s the gaps, not the parts that stand up. I think those are something like Merlons?

Either way, I like the determination to find a way to make it work. I would have been terrified of turning something with metal bits in it, though…..

-- Stephen H -- If it ain't broke, it probalby still needs fixing....

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