UFO

UFO SIGHTING
A wooden craft that's out of this world.

SHOP OWNER: Aurele Delaurier
LOCATION: Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

    Many have sighted this UFO in my house over the last few days, and seeing their reaction is quite humorous.
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    The body of the spacecraft is a piece of Pau Amarello, which some also refer to as Yellowheart. It measured 8" x 8" by 7/8" thick. I glued on a 4-1/2" x 4-1/2" x 3" block of Purpleheart, gluing it as close to the center of the Yellowheart as I could. I next centered my faceplate and mounted it with 1" screws. The Purpleheart block (Alien's cabin) is purposely high in order to accommodate the faceplate screws without damaging the cabin. The excess will be trimmed later.
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    I briefly mounted the spacecraft onto the lathe to determine the actual center of the block. Using my tablesaw (a router table would have also worked) I cut two 1/4" (wide) by 3/16" (deep) dados perpendicular to each other. These slots will eventually accept the legs of the spacecraft.

 

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    I then turned the body of the spacecraft round. I also hollowed out the belly of the craft to house the two AAA's to power the mini lights. It was critical that the 2-3/4" opening was beveled back (at about 15 degrees) to ensure a good hold for my scroll chuck when later turning the top of the craft.
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    With the block still in the lathe, I carefully hand-drilled seven (9/64" diameter) holes spaced 45 degrees apart. Each hole was drilled through to the cavity (described above) where one light will be inserted later. There is no hole under the tail fin.

 

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    I put a slight curvature to the underside of the spacecraft and sanded it at this time.
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    After removing the faceplate, I mounted the spacecraft with the jaws of my scroll chuck holding the inside of the cavity. I cut off the excess of the Purpleheart (cabin) leaving about 1-1/2" of material. I also cut off the four corners of the cabin, which saved turning time.

 

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    Here the cabin was turned to a height of 1-1/4" and measures about 3-7/8" in diameter where it meets the body of the spacecraft.
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    The profile on the top of the spacecraft body has more of a curvature than the underside. Now the light holes are exposed and elongated because of the curved surface.

 

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    I drilled a 1" diameter hole about 1/2" deep into the Purpleheart where I inserted a brass bezel for the alien's portal.
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    Here are a couple of legs being glued into the dados I cut earlier.
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    This is the spacecraft from the side view with the tail fin showing.
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    Here's the underside with the cover plate and switch.
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    This is where all the action is. It was a bit of a challenge to stuff the light bulbs and wires down the holes and solder things up. You will also see where I glued two spacers for the cover plate to rest on and screw into.
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    This picture was taken looking directly into one of the light bulb holes.
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    Lights, camera, action. It may not be that clear, but I inserted two light bulbs in the cockpit area to illuminate the alien. I also imbedded a light into the back of the alien's head so his eyes would glow.

. . . Aurele Delaurier


 
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