Friday, August 9, 2013

One of my latest commissions involved making some juggling spools, which resemble a simple barbell. I made a prototype, to get a better idea of reproducing the piece. Luckily, my client is going to be painting and decorating this, which simplifies my work. Here is the prototype.


I laminated several layers of Baltic Birch plywood, and then squared up the wooden blank. 




A jig was helpful for cutting these blocks to size. 



Another jig aided me in marking the centers of each block. 





With the centers marked, I grabbed a compass and laid out some shapes. 



I tilted the table on the bandsaw, and cut the rough shape out of each block. 



I was down to the last two when the bandsaw blade flew off the wheel. But of course!




Time to drill the center, where the large dowel will be inserted. 



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The handles will eventually be turned down to around an inch and half in diameter. These dowels were a quarter inch larger than needed, which gave me a little wiggle room when assembling these blanks. 


Time for turning!



Two down...



This jig enabled me to check the size all of the pieces quickly and efficiently. 


Just a few more to go...



And finally - a dozen spools, awaiting paint and decoration. I'm so lucky to have the opportunity to work on unique pieces like these... only in Vegas!

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