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Fluted Shoehorn

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Project by Jim Jakosh posted 06-29-2015 03:40 PM 904 views 0 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I used up my last shoehorn kit on this one. I found this dusty osage orange plank in my shop thinking it was walnut, so I cut out a blank and decided to make this one different from the rest of the lot. It gave me an excuse to get out the lathe router guide ( http://lumberjocks.com/Slovenian/blog/32022 ).

I made the blank just little different shape and wanted to use a 3/16” router bit for the fluting. That gave me 1/4” solid spaces between the flutes. The only bit I had was 3/16 and not that long. I had to use 2 adapter bushings to load it into the router and then I found that the supports for the top of the guide were hitting the piece before I could get enough depth for the cutter. So I had to cut down the aluminum guides 1/8” ( 5th photo).

The last shot is the fluted piece…....... cutting completed. That is the smallest diameter I fluted so far.

I was worried about flex so I made this quick and dirty support for under the piece in the center.

It is osage orange and finished with clear enamel

Cheers, Jim

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





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Alongiron

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#1 posted 06-29-2015 03:44 PM

How cool is that! I wish I had your skills as a wood turner! Love it!

-- Measure twice and cut once.....Steve Lien

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luv2learn

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#2 posted 06-29-2015 03:48 PM

Jim, do you have an indexing feature on your lathe head? Love the shoe horn!!

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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Jim Jakosh

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#3 posted 06-29-2015 04:11 PM

Thanks Steve and Lee.
Hi Lee, I do have a locking index ring on that Craftsman lathe that has a notch every 15 degrees. I am looking at making another kind of index lock that will catch points at exactly 72 degrees each for 5 divisions in a piece.
I have always liked odd number of divisions- like 5 spokes on a wheel or three bars on a wheel spinner and I think a 5 place pattern would look good on a trivet or even flutes on a piece.

Cheers, Jim

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

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#4 posted 06-29-2015 04:31 PM

Nice work Jim!

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doubleDD

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#5 posted 06-29-2015 05:02 PM

Beautiful piece with the Osage Jim. Nice selection. I never saw that guide before, looks like a nice one. Must of been before my time. I will have to look into it further.

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

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#6 posted 06-29-2015 06:13 PM

Jim

You are one turning machine. Where did you get the hardware?

-- Please help me help other Vets click..> http://www.gofundme.com/m1abko.....It is always the right time, to do the right thing.

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#7 posted 06-29-2015 06:40 PM

Crazy man!

That is one way to Skin That OLD Cat! :)

COOL!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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Jim Jakosh

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#8 posted 06-29-2015 07:07 PM

Thanks Gary, Dave, Arlin and Joe.!!

Hi Arlin. you can get them at Penn State. I since found a place on E bay where they are the same price but free shipping. Shipping is $9 at Penn State.

Cheers, Jim

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

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#9 posted 06-29-2015 07:38 PM

Beautiful Jim.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#10 posted 06-29-2015 08:00 PM

Now this is a beautie Jim, that fluting is fabulous mate & adds the finishing touch, you keep making me feel guilty as I have a pack of ten to make up for this Xmas for friends, don’t think I will even try the flutes :)
Well dome
Pete

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#11 posted 06-30-2015 12:18 AM

My goodness Jim, are you even human??? Not sure how you turn out so many top end projects on a consistent basis….lol I like the look of the osage orange and the fluting sets it off….nice job sir!!!

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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#12 posted 06-30-2015 01:17 AM

Very neat Jim. The fluting really makes a big difference.
Thanks for sharing.

-- 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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Jim Jakosh

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#13 posted 06-30-2015 01:21 AM

Thanks Mike and Pete and Buster.

Hi Pete. You have lots of time before Christmas.

Hi Buster. I would have had another project out tonight, but I took the wheel off the car to see what the brake noise was.The wheel cylinder was leaking. It took me 4 hours to change it. Went to 4 stores before I found a 10mm flare nut wrench for the brake line. Then they had the cylinder held on with this 10mm headed screw sunk way in behind everything. I had to turn down the length of a 10mm socket and weld a handle on it to even get a tool on the head. It did work slick once I got it made.
I’ll post the next project in the morning. The finish is dry now.

Cheers, Jim

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

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#14 posted 06-30-2015 11:26 AM

Handy tool, beautifully crafted. Thanks for sharing, Jim.

-- God bless, Candy

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#15 posted 06-30-2015 12:50 PM

Very nice Jim. Those long handled shoe horns are gr8. You don’t have to bend over so far to put your shoes on.

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

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