tesla rtoroid one

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As much as I would have liked a really nice looking smooth surface, I could not afford a custom made spun aluminium example. I therefore used an aluminium extractor fan liner and bent this around a central wooden wheel. I call it a wheel because it was turned on the lathe to have a depression around its central area, much like a car wheel has for the inner tube to sit in. This serves the purpose of locating the outer aluminium liner squarely onto the wood.
The wheel shape was turned to an exact size so that the outside liner would fit snugly around the outside. This snug fit is important for my method to work successfully.

toroid for Tesla Coil

Before the liner was put around the wooden wheel I placed an elastic strap inside the liner and hot glued a plastic locating collar into one end (circled). The elastic was then pulled tight by the wire you can see and the two ends secured to one another.
It is a rather fiddley job trying to secure it, because you need to have your hands inside the liner to tie the knot, whilst at the same time the action of tying the knot is pulling the two ends of the liner together and trapping your hands.

Once you have managed to secure the elastic strap it causes the two ends to butt hard against one another, while at the same time they are located by the collar. I then slipped the joined liner over the central wooden wheel much like you would pop a bicycle tyre onto its rim.

toroid construction for the Tesla

toroid construction 2 for the Tesla

The parcel tape wrapped around it is just a temporary measure!

The central areas were then covered with heavy duty aluminium foil and given a layer of varnish to protect them. This varnish coat offered some protection but very soon became quite pitted as breakout occurred from its surface. With hindsight the foil would have been better left just plain.

tesla rtoroid two

I later made a second toroid with the intention of giving it a smooth surface by covering with aluminium foil tape. I used the same initial method to make the wooden centre as employed on the first one, except I had to mill the shape circular as it was slightly too large to fit on my Myford lathe.

Milling the toroid

Once the ducting was put in place it was then covered with ordinary wall filler and allowed to dry.

Filling the toroid Ducting

After several layers of filler and plenty of rubbing down, I applied two coats of varnish to protect the delicate surface and to give a key for the tape to stick too.

Applying filler to the toroid

Applying the tape turned out to be a fiddley and frustrating job. Originally I had drawn the toroid in a 3D CAD program (Rhino) with the aim of cutting out individual segments to apply. I soon realised that unless they all aligned absolutely correct, with respect to one another, the result would look dreadful. I also encountered problems in making a suitably accurate template for this method as well.

Because of these developments I soon realised that individual two inch wide strips laid axially across the toroid was the way to proceed. These still have be aligned and applied very carefully if you wish to avoid undue creases though. You must realise that creases are bound to occur to some extent though, as you are putting a 2 dimensional flat surface, onto a curved 3D surface.
Fortunately minor creases can be removed by burnishing the tape once it has been applied, with something like the back of a spoon, or a curved piece of plastic.

Applying tape to the toroid

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