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Glue brushes from (almost) bamboo

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Project by kaerlighedsbamsen posted 09-23-2014 08:24 PM 1711 views 6 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Being now 3 months into my rather large chair project i felt the need for a smaller project. This is one of the more ‘petite’:

For glueing i prefer artist´s brushes for oil paint that i feel have the right combination of ‘bendyness’ and stiffness. But they dont come cheap. Disposable brushes are too soft and just throwing things out bothers me. So started looking for other sources.

Read in Toshio Odate´s book on japanese tools that a traditional tool for marking is a “sumisashi”, bamboo pen.
Sitting in my garden workshop it dawned on me that bamboo would be the perfect material for glue brushes as well. Only i dont have any bamboo at hand.



But the centre of my garden is a “elephant grass” (Miscanthus Giganteus). They get quite bambo-like when they dry. It might work!



Dried they look like this



And cleaned up andcut to suitable piezes



Just wack them on the end with a hammer



And after some more wacking the fibres split from the other material



Use a rasp or a wire brush to clean away the non-fibres (dont know the name)



Run some string around for nice looks



And use heavy sewing tread to make the brush flat



Like so



And the finished brush. Et voila!


Made a whole bunch of them at the same time and have now used them for all kinds of projects. They are way too stiff for ordinary paint but for glues (epoxy as well) they are perfect. PVA Glue washes off easily and they dry quickly.
Small, fun project!


Thanks for reading. Hope this can be of inspiration.
And as allways: Let me know what you think!

-- "Do or Do not. There is no try." - Yoda





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#1 posted 09-23-2014 08:29 PM

Now that is pretty cool.
Thanks for the idea Teddy Bear.

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#2 posted 09-23-2014 09:58 PM

That’s a really cool idea!

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#3 posted 09-23-2014 11:22 PM

Neat.
I could use some of these.

Steve

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#4 posted 09-24-2014 12:42 AM

That’s pretty cool!

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#5 posted 09-24-2014 02:01 AM

Cool!!!!!!!!!!............Jim

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#6 posted 09-24-2014 05:47 AM

Nice! I don’t have elephant grass. I wonder if broom straw would work? Thanks for sharing!

-- God bless, Candy

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#7 posted 09-24-2014 07:04 AM

Thanks all!
@Candy: I´m not familar with broom straw but take a hammer, wack it thorougly and see if the fibres comes out. Let us know if you succeed!

-- "Do or Do not. There is no try." - Yoda

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#8 posted 09-24-2014 07:57 PM

I like it!! I also prefer artist brushes for glue. Mine have always held-up if I clean them quickly. Thanks for the idea/project.

-- Drew in Ohio -- "The greatest wealth is health".

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#9 posted 09-25-2014 06:15 PM

Great idea

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#10 posted 04-02-2015 09:22 PM

That is sooooooooooooooooooooo cool.
I love them!
Now I will have to make some of these, think they will be just a perfect match for Japanese woodworking.
Might even pick up some rods when I come visit you.
That is the coolest project.
Best thoughts,
Mads

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

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#11 posted 04-02-2015 09:23 PM

Did I say they are beautiful?

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

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#12 posted 04-03-2015 07:52 PM

Thanks Mads!
I have a whole load of these sticks so come and make as many as you need!

-- "Do or Do not. There is no try." - Yoda

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#13 posted 04-04-2015 04:42 PM

;-)

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#14 posted 04-17-2015 11:15 AM

Those brushes are VERY nice. Brilliant! Thanks for sharing! :)

-- Rodney, Arkansas

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#15 posted 04-17-2015 05:08 PM

Thanks Rodney. Enjoyed making them a lot.

-- "Do or Do not. There is no try." - Yoda

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