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Blog entry by YorkshireStewart posted 01-13-2012 07:33 PM 4343 reads 11 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Following my project posting here, I had a couple of enquiries as to how I do it. I hope the following will help. These are a great way to use up small pieces of interesting timber and knitters & stitchers love ‘em.

I’m starting with a rough cut blank of about 5” square
Oh yes, these are ‘giant’ buttons often used for decoration on knitted bags and hats.

Having drawn diagonals and a circle, I rough cut the blank to size on the bandsaw. I drill the holes for the button by using one of a number of drilling guides I made from perspex or similar. I hold the guide in place with either a spring clamp or double sided tape.

I’m not sure what you’d call this “thing”; maybe a chuck. I drilled a piece of softwood using the same perspex guide & glued in two dowels to fit the holes in the button blank. Using just two adjacent holes means I have four chances of the button fitting on the pegs (in case of slight slippage when I drilled the blank). Clever eh?

I now attach the blank to the chuck with a couple of blobs of hot melt glue

Here I’ve started turning & pencil marked about 2/3 of the width for the back of the button and 1/3 towards the front.


Turn to desired shape, sand and

finish to taste.

-- Res severa verum gaudium - True pleasure is a serious business. http://www.folksy.com/shops/TreeGems



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#1 posted 01-13-2012 07:52 PM

Great information—Thanks

-- She thought I hung the moon--now she just thinks I did it wrong

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#2 posted 01-13-2012 08:10 PM

Tastes great.
And yes, very clever.

Good job, Stewart.
Steve

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#3 posted 01-13-2012 08:36 PM

Neat idea. I noticed you have a homemade tool rest; could you post a couple of photos of the toolrest?
I would like to make a small one for my lathe.

-- Julian

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#4 posted 01-13-2012 09:07 PM

Ah yes, Julian that toolrest. I took delivery of a new lathe just before Christmas & it arrived with a toolrest too long for the job I needed to do so I quickly made a rough and ready one to get me over the immediate problem. It’s working so well, I haven’t got around to forking out the $30 for a metal one. Maybe never will! I’ll try to remember to photograph it for you the next time I go out there.

-- Res severa verum gaudium - True pleasure is a serious business. http://www.folksy.com/shops/TreeGems

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#5 posted 01-14-2012 12:32 AM

Stewart, you are very clever with that jig/setup. I really like all your buttons too. I think I’ll make a few.

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#6 posted 01-14-2012 03:24 AM

Stewart, Thanks so much for posting I love this idea and may have to try it out to provide the DW witrh some parts for her projects.

CtL

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#7 posted 01-14-2012 03:40 AM

Nice one.

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#8 posted 01-16-2012 05:58 AM

Very ingenious, and a good use for those pieces of wood that gather all over the shop.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are." http://chiselandforge.com

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#9 posted 01-16-2012 06:03 AM

Good blog thanks for sharing

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