in memory of my grandmother
My beloved grandmother that are no longer with us was a icon in my life, one of these larger than life people.
So one morning when I had to split one of my pills, it reminded me of her problems with her fingers in her old age and since I suffer from same osteoarthritis problems (early stages for me still), each morning I am cursing when I have to split the pills, it’s always painful for the fingers.
So I decided it was time to do something about it and thought it could be a inspiration to others to make one as a gift for loved once or them self.
This is my grandmother, look at that smile, straight from the heart.
Starting of with a piece of wood, this one is recycle from a old parasol arm.
The fish is there to take care of me, a push fish, that saw cut on the side of the fish could have been my finger if I had not used it, takes fem minutes to make and are well worth the time.
Ok, no more safety lessons.
Cut into two pieces.
This is not an exact science.
The wood need to be just not too soft, size; mine became app. 5 inches or 12,5 cm long ,that’s a fair size.
Ends flush and drill a hole in the center.
I rounded the end on the sander while the bolt was in.
Then marked up for the sawing on both pieces mirrored.
Like this on both sides, both pieces.
And then down center.
Then saw half way through.
And down to the line.
Now the two half’s can be put together.
Nice cut offs.
Then remove wood like this, you can also just file, rasp or sand.
The circle should be a little bigger than your biggest pill.
Then the surface gets a wee tour with the plane (one of my new little mini planes).
Now mark like this inside the circle.
And remove some wood to make a groove.
I used a small carving gouge.
Like this the pill have a place to rest, so it is easy to place there.
Here you see how I made it look.
Then mark up the center of the pill on the top piece.
Find the angle and set your blade or just use a hand saw.
A saw cut!
Here I placed a small strip of really dense hard wood and glued it into place.
Wing nut, bolt and washers hold the two parts together here, but perhaps a self locking bolt is better if it is a gift.
Hard wood glued and placed in the saw cut.
Now put a pill and try to push, the mark in the pill should face down.
Finished it up with oil and wax.
Then I broke pills for a few minutes, so it will be some days before it will be needed again.
Perhaps this can inspire to bring ease to others life’s.
-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.