Old fashioned clothespins

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Project by Sandra posted 07-08-2015 03:07 AM 2633 views 8 times favorited 32 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I read a post about clothespins last year by LJ Farmbeet, aka Herrick Kimball. He was very helpful answering my questions and he does a better job than I could do explaining the process of making these oh so handy contraptions.
I purchased the instructions and a bag of springs and after over a year have happily finished my first batch of them.

These were fun to make, but time consuming setting up the router bits, getting the depth right and especially cutting the handle-end bevel on the TS. I used a short piece of walnut flooring I had in my cut-off bin and a piece of maple. I copied Herricks flitch sled, with some modifications based on what I had available.
I ripped the finished flitches (3.5” x whatever) into the individual pins on my bandsaw.

The pins had some fuzzy edges, so I put them in a sturdy ziploc bag with some barley, and tumbled them in the dryer (no heat) for about 20 minutes.

At the end I had some really small kindling, and 28 really nice clothespins. My parents teach in China, and my mother despises the clothespins she has access to there. So guess what Mom is getting for her birthday?

Thanks for looking and thanks again to Herrick.

-- No, I don't want to buy the pink hammer.

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#1 posted 07-08-2015 03:14 AM

Very cool. Requires patience.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#2 posted 07-08-2015 03:14 AM

Wow, great job Sandra. Those look fun to make.

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.

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#3 posted 07-08-2015 03:18 AM

Thanks, they were fun to make, but time consuming. The next batch should take less time.
If it weren’t dark out, I go hang out some clothes. The clothespins are mammoth compared to my icky imported ones.

-- No, I don't want to buy the pink hammer.

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#4 posted 07-08-2015 03:28 AM

shes going to love those ,,should be around a lot longer that those store bought ones ,great job .

-- Jesus Is Alright with me

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#5 posted 07-08-2015 05:00 AM

Love your pins. Looks like I’ll be looking into making clothespins when I run out of things to do. lol

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA ………….. one can never be too organized

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#6 posted 07-08-2015 05:06 AM

Very nice clothes pins, Sandra! Maple and walnut, classy! I missed the part about the barley in Herrick’s post or is that something you came up with? I agree, your mom will love them. Thanks for sharing.

-- God bless, Candy

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#7 posted 07-08-2015 05:08 AM

a gripping tale sandra

mom is sure to love them

walnut and maple
she will be the belle of the ball with these

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#8 posted 07-08-2015 05:32 AM

These look great Sandra.
I remember when I was a kid (earth was flat, dinosaurs, etc.) we used to reconfigure these to make little spring powered guns that shot kernels of wheat. You can’t make them out of modern pins …...... I wonder if these would work…....

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#9 posted 07-08-2015 10:36 AM

Thanks for the comments.
Candy- Herrick tumbles his with crushed corn cobs- the barley seemed to work well – I had some on hand so gave it a try.

Paul, I’m pretty sure you could put an eye out with these!

-- No, I don't want to buy the pink hammer.

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#10 posted 07-08-2015 10:48 AM

Those are really cool Sandra, and love the irony that you used the dryer to finish them! Which came first, the clothespin or the dryer? Looks like a fun project….

-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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#11 posted 07-08-2015 11:00 AM

Those are cool. Nice to see better wood being used than in the ones you buy!!

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

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#12 posted 07-08-2015 11:40 AM

Wow, those pins are great. Never thought of making them. Not that I’m going to do it now. But it’s interesting. And you did a great job. Bet your mother loves them.

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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#13 posted 07-08-2015 12:01 PM

Make your own clothespins! Who’da thunk it???

I remember making rubber band rifles using mom’s clothespins when I was a kid ! Glue a clothespin to a stick. Notch the end of the “barrel”, and FIRE AWAY !

-- Perform A Random Act Of Kindness Today ... Pay It Forward

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#14 posted 07-08-2015 12:41 PM

Those are pretty professional looking. Tumbling them in the dryer was inspired! The walnut ones will bleed on wet clothes and the stain will be hard to remove (my hands are really brown after sawing walnut and it won’t wash off).

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#15 posted 07-08-2015 01:00 PM

Good to know Andy, thanks. I’ll try them on some socks first.

-- No, I don't want to buy the pink hammer.

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