White Oak "Shop Brush" - Shop Made (out of reclaimed materials)

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Project by palaswood posted 07-07-2014 08:39 PM 1147 views 4 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Using up some of the reclaimed “scraps” in the shop, I threw together this shop brush over the weekend. It is primarily white oak – so it has some good heft.

I had a fun time doing it since it was conceived and completed in just a few hours. Now I’m using it at least 10 times an hour while in the shop.

I had the brush portion floating around the shop for awhile (salvaged from somewhere), and I’ve been using it to dust off sawdust and shavings – but why not put a handle on it?!

So I trued up some white oak with the hand plane

Epoxied on the long pieces,

and wood glued the sides

For the handle I used White oak (a cabinet shop cutoff) and accented it with my favorite Black Mulberry wood.

Screwed in some “Brass” screws for an idea I had

Cut off the heads to reveal steel in brass clothing – peening was difficult

Handle was rough shaped on the belt sander & then I chopped a tenon on the handle to fit into the mortise on the brush. Too busy to take a picture of that I guess (of course the most labor intensive operation I omit…typical).

I epoxied into place and accented with a walnut strip

Some further shaping and sanding – then a final sanding to 220 and coated with BLO (Boiled Linseed Oil).

I’ve got some horsehair, so next time I plan to make the entire thing from scratch. And i’ll use REAL brass pins this time ;)

Thanks for checkin it out.

-- Joseph, Lake Forest, CA,

11 comments so far

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#1 posted 07-07-2014 08:45 PM

Looks very nice and functional. How did you make the hollow parts on the handle?


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#2 posted 07-07-2014 08:50 PM

This has got a future swap written all over it Joe. I dig it brother.

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty

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#3 posted 07-07-2014 08:57 PM

Great new idea. Very well done, with tutorial.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#4 posted 07-07-2014 08:58 PM

That turned out really cool. Nice job Joseph.

-- Bob, Missoula, MT -- Rocky Mountain Saw Works

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#5 posted 07-07-2014 10:22 PM

Sweet! Now I HAVE to make one!

-- Eric - "I'm getting proficient with these hand jobbers. - BigRedKnothead"

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#6 posted 07-08-2014 01:01 AM

I agree with others above, new ideas for the shop. Nice work.

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

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#7 posted 07-08-2014 01:33 AM

Too pretty to cover in sawdust :)

-- Learning by method of trial and error...right now, mostly error :)

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#8 posted 07-08-2014 08:20 AM

Nicely done Joseph! I think Stef mentioned a shop-made brush swap before and it has been on my radar. Thanks for sharing.

-- God bless, Candy

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#9 posted 07-08-2014 11:46 AM

Nice job. Very useful. Love it.

-- Disfruta tu trabajo (enjoy your work) (Bandera, Argentina)

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#10 posted 07-09-2014 12:59 AM

Tis thee best shop brush I’ve ever seen. Gr8 idea.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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#11 posted 08-14-2014 11:13 PM

thanks for your comments yall. I had fun makin it. twas a spur of the moment kinda thing

-- Joseph, Lake Forest, CA,

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