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Step 4: Glue the acrylic rod into your wooden blank.

First, you'll need to cut a piece of the acrylic rod down to size. I cut it slightly longer than the total width of my blank, so that I could have roughly a 1/8" overlap on either side.

To get a good adhesion of the glue to the acrylic rod's surface, you'll want to scuff up the length of the rod using a piece of coarse grit sandpaper. Then, you should deposit a line of wood glue on the acrylic rod.

As you insert the acrylic rod into your wood blank, you'll want to spin the acrylic to cover both of the surfaces with glue. Because I counted on a press fit, I had to use a mallet to get the rod fully into the blank.

Wait for the blank to dry before doing any more work with the blank - very important. I'd give it a day to cure, or else you might get surprised on the lathe later.

<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>Cool!</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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