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  • gerti
    Veteran Member
    • Dec 2003
    • 2233
    • Minnetonka, MN, USA.
    • BT3100 "Frankensaw"


    My father in law really like the kaleidoscope I made for him last Christmas and requested a few more for his friends. They are basically just the small kaleidoscope sets as sold at several places, I got some from Lee valley and this last batch from Craft Supplies:

    Craft Supplies USA is your headquarters for everything woodturning including tools, chucks, wood lathes, and sharpening systems, shop supplies and much more. We also offer a full range of woodturning project kits including pen kits, pepper mills, bottle stoppers and more backed by our 100% Satisfaction Guarantee.

    They are quite easy to turn. What makes them different is that I used spalted maple from a tree that had to be removed from my FIL's front yard. Also instead of the colored plastic thingies that come with the sets, I used small rocks my FIL polished in the kaleidoscopes. Here they are:

    The 2 slightly lighter colored had a thin coat of tung oil followed by a superglue-based finish, the others have several coats of tung oil, followed by several coats of wipe-on oil/urethane product.

    Without special optics it is hard to capture what they look like inside, but I tried and this gives a rough idea:

    These are as fun to make as pens!

  • Whaler
    Veteran Member
    • Dec 2002
    • 3281
    • Sequim, WA, USA.
    • DW746

    Very nice work Gerd.
    Now I have to add something else to my to try list.



    • Jim Ketron
      Forum Newbie
      • Jul 2005
      • 68
      • Weber City, Va, USA.

      Very Nice! Wow what curl in that spalted maple
      (Have Chainsaw-Will Travel) please visit my web site http://home.earthlink.net/~jimandkrista/


      • monte
        Forum Windbag
        • Dec 2002
        • 5242
        • Paw Paw, MI, USA.
        • GI 50-185M

        Those are nice Gerd!
        Monte (another darksider)
        Reporting Live from somewhere near Kalamazoo