Olympic torch in wood..

The Olympic Torch section has all of the finished photos, take a look

This posting shows how it was made

Olympic Torch in wood

A few months ago, I was asked by the headmaster of Catshill Middle School, Paul Essenhigh, if I could make a wooden version of the Olympic torch for some sports events they will be having at the school in July, to celebrate the Olympics.

Of course, I said yes..
I had done some research into the torch and started marking out the template on the day that the flame was lit in Greece the other day. I already knew that the torch is 800mm long and weighs 800 grams, so this was a good starting point. After looking on the Internet for dimensions and being unsuccessful with finding any, I looked at the scale of the torch compared to the people holding it. The torch handle was around 40% of the overall length, and the top looked around 115 mm (4 1/2") from the middle of one corner to the other rounded corner of the triangular shape.

and here it is.
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The finished torch, in wood, with an Aluminium tube in the centre, with a shaped Aluminium piece on the top


The timber for this torch will be Medium density fibreboard and pine reinforcement in the corners, painted in gold, using an Aluminium tube down the centre with an Aluminium plate bonded onto the top.

Here is the master pattern for marking the height, width and shape.
I cut out the shape and planned it to a smooth finish

From a piece of 6mm MDF measuring 12220 x 600mm, I cut out seven rough oversize shaped pieces, I kept the off-cuts for trials on the painting later.

Here I am routing all seven from the master pattern. I always had at least two cramps on the timbers at any one time to ensure that their was no movement.

I also made a section of the top that I thought was about the right size..

Two hours worth of marking out the drill sizes and hole positions

So if you wondered why I had made seven sides, one was for marking out all of the holes.
The other six will make two torches, one for Catshill Middle School, the other will be given to Chloe after she plays her part in the opening ceremony.
Glueing up..

I shaped the one corner of the top piece and marked out the holes around from one face to the other to see how the holes lined up... pretty good

Over the next couple of weeks I went and used my pillar drill to get some more holes done, two hours worth on a Sunday, while Lynn and the girls went walking with Clive and Sheila. Then I went to finish them of on a wet Monday, done.

The next thing to do was to fix the sides together using some off-cuts of Pine I had from the Garden room.

Here I have dry fitted the MDF together to see how it's all working out

If you read my Blog you'll know that I don't have a workshop yet, and try to get my work done while the sun is shining...I love this picture

This is the last dry fit, just checked that all was looking good

Planing down the corner joints to ensure flat across the two surfaces

Painting the insides, once together I wouldn't have been able to get the paint in here

After painting in two parts, ready to glue together


Mark said…
That is brilliant. What do you reckon was the overall cost to make inc. labour and materials?

Cheers - Mark
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