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This my Dad’s Christmas gift. A number of years ago we had a severe drought in …

This my Dad’s Christmas gift.
A number of years ago we had a severe drought in north Texas, and ended up with these huge cracks in our back yard. So I tried to measure one with my dad’s plumb bob, and payed out about 18 feet of line before trying to pull the weight back up and snapping the line in the process.
This year, I realized that I have the resources to make a replacement for what I’d lost to the earth. As a joke in giving it to him, I hung the bob on the tree like an ornament and a spool of 65lb test fishing line. We’ll break something before the line!

The body is brass and the tip is stainless steel. I matched the pieces by threading and patting off the stainless part, screwing it into the brass, and turning the taper from there. The rest is basic turning by eye and file work. That brass was just lovely to work.
#diy #plumbob #brass #machining #ohshiny


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