Small stoppered tubes

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Small stoppered tubes

Postby SierraStrider » Sat Oct 17, 2020 5:01 pm

After messing with [url=-http://middleearthrangers.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=5&t=4511]elder canes for a pocket bellows[/url], I started thinking about what else hollow wooden tubing could be used for. I tried making a whistle...that didn't work even a little bit, but while carving fipples for it, I realized that a wooden tube could be quite cool.

I reamed the pith out of a well-dried cane of elder and then used a drill bit to widen the bore to 3/8". I took some 3/8" poplar dowel and cut a small disc off of it, which I glued into the bottom of the tube. I then cut the top off the tube and inserted a longer piece of dowel that stood proud of the tube itself, to make a stopper. I drilled a small hole through the stopper, which I carefully widened to make a lanyard. The stopper is a very good friction fit.
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I intended this as a sewing kit, but while fine for needle storage there's not much of a good way to store thread in such a narrow vessel. In retrospect, though, shorter versions of this could make excellent spice bottles--lighter and less delicate than glass, while still being reasonably waterproof once waxed.
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Here it is all finished!
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Re: Small stoppered tubes

Postby Iodo » Sat Oct 17, 2020 7:00 pm

That looks amazing and your pyrography is really cool :P

maybe as a sewing kit, just wind thread around the outside of it?
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Re: Small stoppered tubes

Postby Manveruon » Sat Oct 17, 2020 7:04 pm

That’s brilliant! Definitely made me think of a needle case first too, but yeah, there are probably a number of other applications!
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Re: Small stoppered tubes

Postby Elleth » Sat Oct 17, 2020 8:49 pm

I love the decorative carving. :)
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Re: Small stoppered tubes

Postby SierraStrider » Sun Oct 18, 2020 2:14 am

Elleth wrote:I love the decorative carving. :)


Thanks! I've been thinking about decorating my shepherd's crook at some point, and this was good practice.
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Re: Small stoppered tubes

Postby Ghostsoldier » Sun Oct 18, 2020 9:48 pm

Looks really awesome. :P

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Re: Small stoppered tubes

Postby BrianGrubbs » Mon Oct 19, 2020 3:19 pm

Iodo wrote:That looks amazing and your pyrography is really cool :P

maybe as a sewing kit, just wind thread around the outside of it?


That was what I was going to suggest, Iodo. I carry a very similar needle case in my kit, with a long length of cord wrapped around it. The downside I've found is that the thread can get damaged, and if it's waxed it collects a lot of junk. This problem I've solved by keeping it in my small tool roll.

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Re: Small stoppered tubes

Postby Iodo » Mon Oct 19, 2020 6:13 pm

BrianGrubbs wrote:The downside I've found is that the thread can get damaged, and if it's waxed it collects a lot of junk. This problem I've solved by keeping it in my small tool roll.

Clever :P
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Re: Small stoppered tubes

Postby Cimrandir » Mon Oct 19, 2020 11:39 pm

Very nice! To echo Elleth, the carvings are really neat. My mind also went right to spice storage and it would be cool to see how well that could hold spices.

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