Well, I should have posted this a week or so ago, since that's when it was done....but 'better late then never'...
Some of you might recall the old farm bell Denise found half burried on our property when we were clearing the land for the shop:
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You might also recall that Denise had me toss the bell into the electrolysis bath when I was cleaning up my JLT clamps.
Well, when tod came here for IWF and R&R, we decided to go out to the shop to kill the day on Thursday. (We had enough of the drive to and from Atlanta and all the walking, and wanted a day of true R&R.)
Tod's been on me about getting into bending stuff 'in the bag' since I started veneering. As you can tell by some of the work he's posted, tod's quite talented/gifted at bending wood!
Well, tod and I got to talking and we decided that the farm bell was a perfect candidate for a 'bent' project. Tod picked up a scrap of MDF from the shop floor and drew a rough sketch of what he had in mind for mounting the bell. He then took one measurement...the distance across the mounts for the bell, and put away the tape measure and pencil...and we got to work!
A few hours later...well actually Saturday, since we had to let the lacquer dry, this is what we have:
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The 'bent' parts are the collar around the bell itself, and the inset curved support. What you can't see is the large dovetail that tod cut on my MM24 bandsaw to join the vertical and horizontal members. You also can't see that that large dovetail was pinned even in this closeup of the inset curved brace:
The entire bracekt assembly was built using white oak scrap cutoffs that I brought with us from our Virginia shop. It's BEYOND stought, especially considering that large pinned dovetail would have to fail, and then the curved inset brace would have to fail. The bell's heavy, but not THAT heavy!
Oh, and the 'collaborative effort' part comes from the fact that tod and I built the bracket. Then Denise turned the little bell for the end of the lanyard. And finally, a friend of ours from Virginia came down and while she was here she helped me finish braiding the lanyard.
Thanks to all involved...I really like the way it looks on the shop porch!
And thanks for looking...
- Marty -