Saturday, August 1, 2009

More Sheepdog Trials Preparation

This picture shows the assembly line for spinning top blanks. Square of recycled pine - thanks Nelson - with a 3/8 hole drilled in the center. Carpenters glue on the pink card at the bottom. Dip the 3/8" dowel into the glue and hammer into predrilled hole over a 1/8" thick washer - just visible under the square at left. That allows the dowel to penetrate and sit proud on the underside of the pine square.
I drill the holes into 4 inch lengths of pine 2 X 2 then cut the squares to about 3/8" to 1/2" thick.
Makes for a small top but with little wood to remove it takes shape pretty quickly in front of an audience, which is what one needs when doing demonstrations.
This is all in preparation for the sheepdog trials coming up August 7, 8, & 9.

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