.............a project for a client has interrupted the music of uke building for the moment.
Re-shaping the World -
A Desktop Globe With A Wooden Frame
Here it is - (well it is very similar, I have dismantled the one I'm working on) - a desktop earth globe, whose metal and plastic frame is to be replaced by one made from Australian rosewood. This has exercised my creative cortex for a while now, and I have finally come up with a solution that is both simple and practical.
The main part of this construction is the equatorial ring that supports the globe, and is in turn supported by the legs. Rough cutting the internal circle left some spokeshave work to do, to get it smooth.
I love rosewood, it is so easy to work, and soooo forgiving. Planing around the flat edges of this circle meant that there would be many times when I was planing against the grain - and across it. I started with my Millers Falls number 6, but soon had to reach for a smaller plane. Those shavings in the background are all from that process - gorgeous!
A small low angle block plane handled this easily. This is the little Lie Nielsen violin makers plane that I bought for the ukulele build, and it is perfect here.
For the lower circle that will brace the legs, I had to rip down to thickness from a suitably sized block of rosewood. It could have been planed to thickness, but I wanted to keep the scrap ripping for ukulele parts. In planing, all that is produced is shavings, where - by ripping - I can salvage some timber for later use.
Here, the Millers Falls squares the edge before I start on the table saw.
It might be Nonpariel, but it did a good job of cutting parallel in this case - heh, heh! (my kids hate my jokes!)
As you can see, I marked the circle on the wrong face (or I ripped the wrong face - take your pick) - easy fixed though.
Veritas model, but there are plenty of others equally as good. Because the shave must go with the grain, and the grain changes so often in a circle, the workpiece had to be re-positioned in the vice many times over the course of this smoothing.
The legs are my own design, and are meant to complement the curves found everywhere else on this globe stand. They will stand wider than the original model for added stability.
The legs are fitted to the top ring with dowels and secured to the bottom ring with brass screws. No these aren't brass - I'm still waiting for them to arrive.
Glue-up time. Glue-up takes place with everything in position so that there are no regrets when it dries. The lower ring (top one in this view) can still be removed after the glue dries, but provides the tension and the bracing for the legs at the moment.
A coat or two of finish - and we're done.
Now - let's have a crack at the soundboard for that tenor ukulele ..................
Bring it on .................!