I’ve always been interested in the mechanical uses of timber – using timber where it is more traditional for metal (or plastic) to be the material of choice. (None of these are my creations of course…yet!) Things like cars
iPods / iPhones & Steampunked items
(Although in Apple’s case, that is actually where the case came from – the original Apple 1 was a kitset computer, and you either made your own wooden case, or bought one from Apple!)
One of these sold for over $200,000 in an auction, so not a bad investment of $500 back in 1976!
I may not be up to making anything like this (although a wood iPad storage case is tempting, especially when I get my metric Hingecrafter from PWS), but the idea of wooden devices and mechanics is certainly interesting. Hinges, gears, threads.
I have just gotten a set of thread chasing turning gouges from Carbatec, and have been researching how it is done. Fascinating to see how fast the project is spun while cutting the thread. I thought it would be dead slow, but 250RPM, although not high compared to turning speeds is still a lot faster than I was expecting to see.
Researching how it is done found me the following three videos on YouTube.
Some interesting techniques demonstrated (even if the first also includes how to drink a cup of tea at the start!)