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Blog entry by mafe posted 04-16-2015 03:24 PM 2204 reads 3 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Pill splitter.
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.


Like this.


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.


And action!
It works.


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.

Best thoughts,

MaFe

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.



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madts

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#1 posted 04-16-2015 03:33 PM

Very nice post Mads. Although I have never had to chop a pill in half, I can see how it can be handy.

Hope to see you soon, my friend.

Madts

-- Thor and Odin are still the greatest of Gods.

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#2 posted 04-16-2015 04:10 PM

OH! It took until the last picture for me to realize that you had BOTH pieces of wood angle cut and hollowed, so that it is only as thick as one piece. ... now it makes sense …

more coffee time.

Tak!

-- Thanks! Dave ...

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#3 posted 04-16-2015 04:27 PM

Thanks Madts, yes will be nice to see you again ;-)
Dave, made a small corrections in the text now, hope it’s more clear after. Thank you.

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#4 posted 04-16-2015 06:39 PM

While you’re at it, it’s a carving gouge, not gauge ;)
Clever thinking for a clever device which you should definitely patent!

-- Thomas - Pondering the inclusion of woodworking into physics and chemistry classes...

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mafe

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#5 posted 04-16-2015 06:52 PM

Ups. Corrected.
(I love the French guy are correction the Danish guys English, big smile).
Patent…
Smiles.
Best thoughts,
Mads

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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Jim Jakosh

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#6 posted 04-16-2015 10:55 PM

That is neat Mads and it works so good. I would have tried a hardened and ground steel blade in there and the wood works just perfect. you are a wood magician!!

Nice going, my friend!!.................Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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mafe

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#7 posted 04-16-2015 11:05 PM

Smiles Jim, I was actually thinking brass first, but disliked the idea that it might color the white pill a little and this might make one think something like: auuuaaaggghhhh… Smiles.

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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KDO

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#8 posted 04-17-2015 09:49 AM

Nice!
Easy to make design.
Your stuff is always fun to see.

-- Christian, Husband, Grandpa, Salesman, amateur Woodworker.

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mafe

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#9 posted 04-17-2015 03:39 PM

Thank you KDO, yes it should be quick and clean.

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#10 posted 04-17-2015 07:12 PM

Thnx for the pic blog Mads. Looks like your Grndma was a happy lady.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. Kentuk55@yahoo.com

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#11 posted 04-18-2015 11:13 AM

Yes Roger, she was a wonderful happy lady. A person with many sides, sadness, joy, love and a deep gratefulness for life. Smiles.

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#12 posted 04-19-2015 03:11 AM

Brilliant Mads. Glad we get to share some memories.

-- I never finish anyth

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mafe

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#13 posted 04-19-2015 05:44 PM

Smiles Philip, thanks.
Best thoughts.

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#14 posted 04-19-2015 06:13 PM

Funny how things of the past seem to live on with memories. Good to see you bringing it to life. I think this can be converted toa nice wire cutter or something too. Thanks for sharing mads.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#15 posted 04-22-2015 07:44 PM

Nice!

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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