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Next for the Orrery Project

Saturday, March 7th, 2009

Previous posts have focused on the rocket that is the center column for our orrery. The one pictured here doesn't have the bottom section with the fins, but our new one does. Now that the rocket has been carved and the holes bored into it to accept the drive tubes, it can be put aside for a bit and we move on to the next section - The

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The Rocket is Complete!

Thursday, February 19th, 2009
Steampunk Rocket with Fins in Cherry Wood

The fins are finished! They were cut from solid cherry boards with my radial arm saw and trimmed up with my bandsaw. The blade on that could use some replacing....

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Continuing the Rocket for the Orrery

Wednesday, February 18th, 2009
Turned Rocket & Raw Stock

It's finally stopped storming, so I can continue to work on building my rocket ship today. Why does it matter if it's storming? Some of my equipment (lathe, drill press among other stuff) is out on a covered deck. The covers keep them protected when it rains, but I'm not too good with my hands when it's cold and wet. I have very low blood pressure, so if my

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