Step 2: Glue Together a Blank.

I used my scaled up drawing as a reference when cutting the different layers of my blank.

Individual slices of wood were cut using the wood shop's bandsaw, and, after each cut, I sanded the rough sawn edges down smoothly using the disk sander in our shop.

I used 4 different types of scrap wood from a bunch of previous projects to make my blank. Redheart for the rocket cap, maple for the white body, mahogany for the accent line, and walnut for the booster. (The mahogany and the walnut were too similar in color, so they didn't delineate very well in the finished product.) It was pretty important that I kept all of the wood grains aligned for a spindle blank, rather than a bowl blank. This means that all of the wood grains ran parallel to the intended axis of rotation for the blank.

Using a liberal amount of wood glue, I glued and clamped each layer one by one, giving each layer 30 minutes to cure before I added on a new layer. After gluing all of the layers together, I let the whole thing set overnight.

<p>Nice build! According to my experience, you may get a clear aspect to the acrylic without using super glue, just by sanding to a higher grit.</p><p>I do this for acrylic pen blanks. I use micromesh sanding pads, going up to 12.000 (slightly wet the pads to avoid super fine dust).</p><p>I guarantee your acrylic window would look clear again with grits above 1.000 :)</p>
<p>That's a great tip! Our shop very rarely has sandpaper over 400 grit since we're an academic makerspace and students rarely have the patience for that much sanding, so I don't have a lot of experience with crazy fine grits. Maybe we should invest in some. Thanks!</p>
<p>now give it a flip top &amp; put a shot glass inside; you're welcome. &quot;Rocket shot&quot;<br><br>ADD or give it a flip top &amp; put a 50ml bottle inside</p>
<p>Very Cool, Thanks for sharing.</p>
<p>As the recipient of the original, I can confirm that it's a pretty awesome gift! At some point I think I'll make a little light-up stand for it or something.</p>
<p>How about an LED that shines up through the bottom of the acrylic rod and illumiates the windows?</p>
The acrylic is inserted from the side so I'd need to drill up through the bottom in order to do that. Although I'm sure I could make it work I'd rather not modify the rocket itself.
<p>This turned out really well! It's adorable :)</p>
<p>I love lathe puns!</p>
Really nice! Voted
<p>Thank you so much!</p>
<p>That is wonderful, definitely going to have to try this project out. Thanks for sharing!</p>
<p>Thanks! It was a pretty quick project - like 2 days of work - especially if you do the fins more efficiently than I did, haha.</p>
<p>Absolutely beautiful!</p>

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