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.
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