RE: Primaries and Copper Tubing

Subject:  RE: Primaries and Copper Tubing
  Date:   Fri, 18 Apr 97 22:26:19 UT
  From:  "William Noble" <William_B_Noble-at-msn-dot-com>
    To:  "Tesla List" <tesla-at-pupman-dot-com>

The method I used to make a flat pankake was painless, but maybe a bit
expensive than the one ken smith proposed:
1. use acrylic sheet for base plate - it's an insulator to start out
with - I 
used 1/4 inch X2ft square - cost a bit under $30
2. glue a 1/2 inch length of 6 inch pipe (or acrylic tubing) in the
center to form the inner diameter of the coil
3. drill a hole through the acrylic next to the 6 inch pipe for your
4. pull pipe (about 18" of it) through the hole and fold on both sides
to lie 
flat - make about a 1.5 inch radius bend to avoid an ugly looking (and
electrically bad?) kink
5. wrap a turn of pipe around the 6" pipe.  start the spiral outwards so
clear the beginning by 1/4 inch.
6. make a whole bunch of 1/4" spacers - I used 1/4 inch square acrylic
stock - 
it cost about a dollar for 6 feet - get two 6ft lengths, cut to 1/4 to
inch long for spacers.
7. glue the spacers around the pipe you have laid down.  I used solvent
glue - it sticks quickly and is much stronger than hot melt, and doesn't
to your fingers like cyanoacrilate (superglue).  A spacer every 30
degrees or 
4 to 5 inches seems to work fine.
8. repeat for each turn - I used a large "clothespin" type welding clamp
hold one turn tightly against the previous while the glue dried.  I made
2 or 
3 turns a day for a week.  I stopped when I ran out of pipe (50 ft) at
9. grind a 1.5 inch piece of the acrylic stock so one end will fit
inside the 
outer end of the pipe while the other end will lie flat against the
base.  Use 
this to hold the end of the pipe down.
10. glue 3 or 4 pieces of acrylic radially from the inner piece of 6inch
across the top of the coil to the outer edge.  Glue the radial pieces to
inner pipe and all the spacers that it crosses.  This will keep the coil
falling off (embarassing).

I was thinking about how to do this cheaper - came up with this idea -
use 3/4 
pvc pipe - put a 1/4 inch dado blade in the table saw.  make 6 (or 8)
of pipe that are 12" long (average) and whose length differs overall by
inch - e.g. for 1/4 pipe on 1/4 spacing with 8 lengths, each length will
1/16 longer than the previous - you will start at 11 3/4 and end at 12
Now, stick all of the pipes together, set the dado for a 3/8 inch deep
cut and 
make a cut every half inch along the set of 8 pipes.  When you then take
ends of the pipe that faced away from the fence and glue them to the
piece of 
6 inch pipe you will use for an inside radius, the notches will form a
spiral.  And, since the notches are fairly deep, there should be no
getting the pipe to stay in the notches - a scrap of PVC pipe with some
glue could secure the pipe if you wish.

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Subject:        Re: Primaries and Copper Tubing

Subject:  Re: Primaries and Copper Tubing
  Date:   Fri, 18 Apr 1997 05:01:47 -1100
  From:   Ken Smith <ksmith-at-ihug.co.nz>
    To:   Tesla List <tesla-at-pupman-dot-com>

At 22:56 16/04/97 -0500, you wrote:
>        Right now my back hurts,  and I am frustrated,  and I'm looking
>for advice and inspiration;  and I don't even want to see
>any copper for about 24 hours.
         welcome to coiler's world. What follows is my best shot at
construction methods.  [Bill]  SNIP