My way with buttons

  • Advertise with us
Blog entry by YorkshireStewart posted 01-13-2012 07:33 PM 5545 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.

9 comments so far

View Kent Shepherd's profile

Kent Shepherd

2718 posts in 3367 days

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

Great information—Thanks


View SPalm's profile


5321 posts in 3963 days

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

Tastes great.
And yes, very clever.

Good job, Stewart.

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

View Julian's profile


1357 posts in 2771 days

#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

View YorkshireStewart's profile


1130 posts in 3982 days

#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.

View rance's profile


4260 posts in 3241 days

#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.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

View clieb91's profile


3520 posts in 4016 days

#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.


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

View Grumpy's profile


24127 posts in 3932 days

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

Nice one.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

View Dave's profile


11429 posts in 2921 days

#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."

View a1Jim's profile


117165 posts in 3658 days

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

Good blog thanks for sharing

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

Have your say...

You must be signed in to post the comments.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics