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    Possible Outreach project?

    A few weeks ago, Mike was asking for ideas that could be used for Outreach turners that were older than the light saber group. I just got a piece of lacewood and wanted to see what it looked like in a non-flat form. I had no idea what it could become when I put it on the lathe, and after a couple of minutes i decided it was now a key ring fob. Drilled a small hole through one end. total time spent 10 minutes including a little sanding and finish.



    The designs are limited by how far the split ring needs to spread to thread through the hole in the end. Just throwing this out for discussion.
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    Re: Possible Outreach project?

    I like it. Seems simple enough for a beginner and results in a useable, handsome product. Also, it doesn't take much wood. Great idea!
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    Re: Possible Outreach project?

    If you added a screw eye and a cap nut you could do any sort of design on there.

    i like it for an outreach project.



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    Re: Possible Outreach project?

    Key ring kits are on the shelf at Klingspors. I have turned quite a bunch, but it would require a pen mandrel and the bushings.
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    Re: Possible Outreach project?

    We have a pen mandrel on the trailer, BTW (3 in fact). Neal, did you turn it between centers and then part it off?
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    Re: Possible Outreach project?

    Ken,
    This one was not on any mandrel, but chucked up with tailstock support. I used my skew chisel to pare it off.

    This was just an end product, an idea for future projects. Details for implementation and modifications can be discussed for efficiency and safety of the participants, if elected to go forward.

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    Re: Possible Outreach project?

    Bottle stoppers are easy to make. Drill a hole in the wood, insert the dowel, turn the stopper, finish and glue on the cork. Really inexpensive material-wise and nice to have.

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    Re: Possible Outreach project?

    Great idea as an alternative to the light saber.
    (and a more "adult" project - most kids don't have keys, and we have a number of adults that want to "learn to turn!"
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    Re: Possible Outreach project?

    Here is a suggestion based on my remembering how much I liked turning an angled inlay that turned into an oval - I guess I knew it would but sure was fun watching it happen.

    This suggestion is also based in teaching/introducing a number of woodworking skills

    - Have each participant cut a blank at a 45 angle (the exact angle is not really important). A small wooden miter box and a saw and maybe a clamp to keep hands away is all we would need

    - Give the student a contrasting thin wood and have them glue it all together. clamp it with some rubber bands and put it away to dry

    - Give the student a pre-glued blank and have them turn and finish it on the lathe

    We did something similar in a project called Hope Bracelets and it seemed to work well. Of course we had to make up and glue some blanks together prior to the event, but that would not take very long. If the student glued piece was done poorly, which will happen, we just throw those away at the end of the event

    This teaches: how to cut wood, how to glue wood together, how to turn and finish

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    Re: Possible Outreach project?

    The bottle stopper adult type project is very doable. Again, Klingspors carry a neoprene type bottle stopper on a dowel; they are less than a buck a piece in bags of 10. Purchase the inexpensive mandrel and thread the piece to be turned, on to it, after drilling the appropriate sized hole in the stock. The dowel of the stopper end slides into the hole, with glue applied. A beautiful bottle stopper for under 90 cents per piece!
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