Day 9. With most of the major built for the fuming boxes prepared, now is for the smaller bits that goes with it.
The lathe machine were used to prepare the wooden rod (18mm in diameter, or ¾”), which later these will be threaded manually with a wooden thread.
Using Holly timber (trying to resist the phrase Holly wood here…) were used as it is one of a preferred wood to be used as its grains and compact characteristic will do well with the threading tool. Any timber that has a lot of hollow grains, the threading tends to chip or break easily.
One way is to dip the wooden rod in linseed or any finishing oil it overnight.
Once the lathe turning was done, with a few minutes to spare before the woodshop closes, a sheet of brass (about 1.5mm thick) were cut with the guillotine into smaller sheets. These were then marked and scored with lines for them later to be bent as springs to be installed into the fuming boxes.