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04-03-2016, 05:41 PM
I have wanted to turn one of these for ages and finally got around to doing it.

Started with some good and some spalted cherry and finished with a lot of bits. Unfortunately I forgot to get a photo of the wood before I started.

http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f180/Jonzjob/IMG_0113_zps9nkyvdsw.jpg (http://s47.photobucket.com/user/Jonzjob/media/IMG_0113_zps9nkyvdsw.jpg.html)

http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f180/Jonzjob/IMG_0114_zpsqkfmv2y7.jpg (http://s47.photobucket.com/user/Jonzjob/media/IMG_0114_zpsqkfmv2y7.jpg.html)

Not really difficult to do, but accuracy is essential. This next one is using my Jacobs chuck to ease the split tube out so that the end ring can be glued in place. It stops everything falling off :mrgreen:

http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f180/Jonzjob/IMG_0116_zpsky3m9z8f.jpg (http://s47.photobucket.com/user/Jonzjob/media/IMG_0116_zpsky3m9z8f.jpg.html)

Lining up the pins is a bit hairy

http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f180/Jonzjob/IMG_0118%202_zpsm274xspm.jpg (http://s47.photobucket.com/user/Jonzjob/media/IMG_0118%202_zpsm274xspm.jpg.html)

I'm gald that I decided on just 12 letters on each ring. There was no way that I was going to do 25 and not even 24 as my index ring on my chuck would allow. I just chose the letters I wanted for my key and chucked a load more in to fill the gaps. The pyrography of the letters was easy but 12 was enough. 3 on the end fixed ring but only one of them is the index

http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f180/Jonzjob/IMG_0119%202_zpstthfjf2s.jpg (http://s47.photobucket.com/user/Jonzjob/media/IMG_0119%202_zpstthfjf2s.jpg.html)

I love the spalting of that cherry, but it doesn't take anything away from the lettering. And now I have a nice new cryptex.

I hope that I can remember the key word :Oops::Oops: Still, I have always got me chain saw ??


04-03-2016, 05:53 PM
Very nice John…you're quite a wood turner. I really like working on a lathe as well. But you got me beat by a mile (or 1.6 kilometers)!;)

- Nick

04-04-2016, 02:16 AM
Thank you Nick, but as long as you take care you could do it easily enough.

The French, being 'The French' would call that 1,600m and I kid you not:Evil::Evil:

When I left IBM I had no intention of getting into turning. Just making a few toys, but the bug bit, probably something you know well. Now, given the chance I'm in my workshop and doing size reduction exercises on a lump of wood :o:o

04-04-2016, 07:36 AM
That is a nice piece of work. Thanks for the pictures.

Cheers ... McBie

04-14-2016, 07:58 PM

04-15-2016, 01:19 AM
Thank you PGB. Looking at the first photo it looks as if the 2 tubes are cardboard or similar? They are lovely French cherry given to me by a neighbour. The tree had to come down a few years back and the wood had just sat in the garden waiting to go on the fire. In fact, it's all cherry. The ends and rings are slightly spalted. That's where the wood has started to rot and it's the fungus doing the breaking down of the wood. It can be quite subtle to start and then get really dramatic, like this

http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f180/Jonzjob/DSC07509.jpg (http://s47.photobucket.com/user/Jonzjob/media/DSC07509.jpg.html)

Wood is 'the' primary heat source here in France, especially outside the cities. Electricity and parafin are close 2nds. So I was really lucky