Walnut Key Holder

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Project by robscastle posted 10-20-2014 09:17 PM 2137 views 1 time favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is a very deceptive piece of timber I obtained from LLWW last week its almost what you could call “ugly” and not even take a second look, anyway I wondered what I could make out of using the best of its existing shape.

I ran a tape measure across it and found with a bit of cosmetic surgery I could fit it in my thicknesser.

It was flat enough to just feed it in so off it went.
I thicknesses it to the max on the thinest side to get a maximun possible width result

I then marked out the key shape and introduced it to the bandsaw, keeping in mind I removed as little material as possible, the round end was again at the maximum size and the key teeth profiles followed the natural curve of the timber.

I then placed it on a backboard and used my shaper to cut the key grooves in.
It was quite hot when I was doing it and the picture of the wavey shaper bed and cutter must be heat shimmer, a really weird effect on the photo. (Maybe those with camera experience can explain).

The usual sanding followed and I found a really nice piece of timber has emerged.

I was going to just fill the end splits with some of my trusty timbermate filler but decided to give the worst three of them some “implants”, ...must have been watching some inappropiate websites earlier !

I did a blog on how this was performed so go check it out if its a subject you are interested in.

Ed Note: Patron has enlightened me that my “implants” are actually called “Dutchmen” so there you go.

The pegs were inserted at 40mm spacings staggered at 20mm a bit to close for my liking but I didnt realise my error until glue up stage and it was too late to try and fix it then.

Final finish was with a can of satin clear.

A nice result from European Walnut, I am again amazed as what detail hides below the surface of what looks to be “just a piece of timber”.

-- Regards Rob

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Joe Lyddon

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#1 posted 10-21-2014 12:10 AM

The Transplant was Key to this project!



-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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#2 posted 10-21-2014 12:16 AM

Hey Joe you have unlocked the secret already !!

-- Regards Rob

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#3 posted 10-21-2014 12:50 AM

Really Cool Rob, I wondered what that timber was, now I know.
The grain is very specky.
Great Job.


-- Bob, Western Australia, The Sun came up this morning, what a great start to the day. Now it's up to me to make it even better. I've cut this piece of wood 4 times and it's still too damn short.

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#4 posted 10-21-2014 01:23 AM

that is realy cool nice work.

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#5 posted 10-21-2014 11:47 AM

A gr8 place to put any keys.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#6 posted 10-21-2014 12:22 PM

I think this came out really beautiful Robert and besides that very useful.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#7 posted 10-21-2014 04:39 PM

No problem in knowing what is supposed to go on this holder. Nice job and great looking wood.

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#8 posted 04-27-2018 06:14 AM

Gone to No 1 sons new home 2017

-- Regards Rob

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