About ten months ago, a very nice gentleman stopped by my shop with some ideas about things he wanted me to build. His only request - the pieces had to be done by the time the holidays rolled around. The first piece was a small carving, and even though I don't consider myself that skilled with a carving chisel, I have to say - that piece was amazing!
Well here it is, the holidays are creeping up, and a few weeks ago, I started on the second one of his pieces - a Wheel of Fortune game.
Only there is a little twist. Instead of dollar amounts in each segment, he will be putting the names of various destinations on the segments. When his wife spins the wheel, she will be spinning for a trip to someplace like Paris, or Hawaii, or London, or ... well, you get the idea.
Luckily, I've had months to work out all the details in my head. That is usually how I build something - by building it in my mind first.
I started with the individual wheel segments; I figured that everything else could be scaled around those dimensions. Since we'd agreed on twelve different segments, a little geometry was in order.
I needed to cut twelve identical pie shaped pieces, so I made a simple tapering jig for cutting each piece.
My angle was off just a bit, so I "corrected" it by adding a small shim to the jig, to get the angle perfect.
If you live in Vegas, you know that chant well. It blasts inside nearly every casino.
When it gets to the point where I can't find anything on my bench, I straighten it up and then the mess starts all over again.
Isn't it odd how our minds work like that?
But this one might be one of my more memorable pieces.