My girlfriend saw the bracelets from scrappy and asked if I would make her one. I figured it’d be a good way to burn through some scraps so why not. The bracelets are a great way to use up cut off’s from planer snipe. My planer snipes :( and I end up with these small cut offs that I hate throwing away because of it, well this project uses them up!
I cut up a bunch of pieces to 1/2’’ thick by 3/4’’ wide by whatever depending on the piece of scrap. Some purple heart, maple, walnut
Then I cut a 1/4’’ ish groove down the center of all the pieces
Then I cut the tennon or whatever that part is called.
After that I needed to cut them into 3/8’’ pieces, the thought of doing that on the miter gauge with such small pieces seemed scary. I sat and thought about it and decided to get a scrap piece of plywood and double sided carpet tape. I fit the tennon into the grove of the next piece to help with tear out and keep lined up.
Using my gripper pushblock (I highly recomend this thing, makes these types of cuts much safer). I was able to ride the plywood edge against the fence so I had a secure flat surface .. and I squared up the edge of the bracelet pieces.
After squaring up the edge I set the fence on my saw to 3/8’’ and kept running it through to get my small bracelet parts. I don’t know if the carpet tape would be enough alone, but using a gripper or similar push block to hold the parts down everything went very smoothly.
I pulled the small bracelet parts off the plywood and put them all in a small container to sort through.
Here are a couple of design ideas I’m thinking about, I’ll let my girlfriend decide how she wants hers to look, but I might also make one for my sisters.
I need to drill the holes for the connecting pins, and round over the appropriate parts but that can wait for another day.
So far this is been a great way to use up planer snipe scraps, and make a the woman in my life a little happier ;) seems like a win win to me.
Wanted to add a second thanks to scrappy for posting a great project, and a great series of blog entries showing how he made them.
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