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Turning a brick of melted crayons on the lathe

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What can you make when you melt 256 crayons? Peter Brown of Shop Time experimented with transforming a block of melted crayons into a Rainbow Crayon Bud Vase.

The magic tool: A lathe, “a machine tool that rotates a workpiece about an axis of rotation to perform various operations such as cutting, sanding, knurling, drilling, deformation, facing, and turning, with tools that are applied to the workpiece to create an object with symmetry about that axis.”

stacking crayons
melted crayon block
Side effect: Shredded crayon bits everywhere. Everywhere. Watch the video to see the results.

crayon block on the lathe
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Watch related how things are made videos, including a wooden lampshade made from a tree stump, machining a cube in a cube in a cube from a single metal block, more wax, and a classic from Mister Rogers: How Crayons Are Made.

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