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    Plumb Bob

    I've never owned a Plumb Bob before, and never really had a need for one, but I was at our local Iron Monger the other day and saw this piece of Hex Brass Rod 1¼" across the flats, and it spoke to me.

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    I turned a recess to inset the wood piece, I didn't get a picture of it but I drilled and tapped a hole in the center.
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    Turned it around and tapered it.
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    I turned a cap the same way but I forgot to take a picture of it.

    I soldered a eyelet into a 5/16 brass bolt to hold everything together
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    added a piece of Rosewood and screwed it together
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    flushed it all up, I haven't located my buffing compound, when I do I'll polish it. It's about 5" long.
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    And it's plumb!
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    Last edited by Dan Mooney; 12-05-2014 at 03:07 AM.
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    Not only did that take some imagination...but a good deal of skill to pull off!! Well done sir!
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    Very Nice!
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    Very, very nice! That will buff up beautifully.

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    Very nice Dan!
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    Most excellent Dan! You won't find one half as nice anywhere around. That's a piece for the history books right there, someday some collector is going to be trying to figure out who the make was. You ought to stamp a makers mark into the side of it.

    Looks like a nice little metal lathe, grizzly?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ryan Mooney View Post
    Most excellent Dan! You won't find one half as nice anywhere around. That's a piece for the history books right there, someday some collector is going to be trying to figure out who the make was. You ought to stamp a makers mark into the side of it.

    Looks like a nice little metal lathe, grizzly?
    Thanks all for the comments it was fun to make.

    It's a Grizzley lathe, works well but under powered (½hp), which is probably good, keeps you from getting too aggressive with the cuts.
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    That came out looking great! Well done.
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    Nice job Dan, great looking piece.
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    That is a collectors item now - really looks good

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