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Box Elder Geode Spin Station

Discussion in 'Turners' Completed Projects' started by GeorgeS, Mar 26, 2020.

  1. GeorgeS

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    I finished up a pretty cool backlit geode spin station for spinning tops last week. This is box elder with some Burl and some curl. There is a 6” concave lens that sits over the geode. The geode is set in from behind and backlit with a led light strip and I installed a color matched on/off switch.

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    Really cool effect. Really like to see some pics of the build process unless it's a trade secret. Also, curious why a concave surface vice convex to spin the tops on?
     
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    Gorgeous piece of wood. Never seen a spin station.
     
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    I’ll look and see what I took while I was turning. I use concave lenses because it keeps the tops from wondering off to the outer edges. If the lens was convex it would be domed and the tops would just slide to the outer edge.
     
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    Very cool. Would love to see some pics with it lit up and some tops spinning on it.
     
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    I Don’t have a whole lot of pics of the back side. These are a hodge podge from different stations. You get the idea though.

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    Duhh, I got my thinking backwards. The glass appears convex in the 2nd to last pic so I thought that would just push to tops off to the side. An optical illusion I see.
     
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    Thanks for the pics. That was great idea using those battery operated LED strips hidden out of sight. Curious if the battery pack shows below the clearer type stones when light is off?
     
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    No sir you cannot see them.
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    Thanks for the information. Fantastic idea. Nicely done.
     
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    That’s fantastic! Love the look of the backlit stone.
     
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    This is gorgeous! It might be interesting to incorporate some kind of lid or other means to keep several tops with the spin station. Really digging the back-lit stone! Do you mind sharing where you sourced the lens and light hardware from?
     
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    Beautiful work!
     
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    The led lights are just off of amazon. The lenses are from a guy in the top community on Facebook. His name is André du Toit. If you join Pocket Top Talk on Facebook you will find him.
     
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    There really is a group for everything, right? I'll definitely check out that group -- our club does demonstrations at the Topsfield Fair in Topsfield, MA every Fall, and at last year's fair I had one day where I made 45 tops in a single shift and sold every one of 'em. They're fun, fast, and with a handful of Sharpie markers they're crowd pleasers too.
     
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    Yes sir there is, there is a pretty good size group of people who collect very expensive metal tops and some pretty fancy hybrid wood and metal.
     
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