Braclet Helper

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Project by Sandking posted 06-19-2009 04:26 PM 1593 views 1 time favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So what do you do when you buy your wife a nice braclet on Mother’s Day and she doesn’t wear it because she can’t get it on by herself at 5AM when she gets up for work? You go to the hardware store to buy a package of aligator clips for $5, take a piece of scrap Walnut and make her a braclet helper.

I know they sell these kits in catalogs but for $7 I don’t think she’ll need the fancy hardware that will tarnish quickly (mostly due to her hand moisturizer). This works just as well. I turned the holder on the lathe and then drilled a 13/64 hole in the top to slide the clip into. I was going to epoxy it in, but it is just snug enough that it doesn’t come out.

-- The only time success comes before work is in the dictionary....

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#1 posted 06-19-2009 04:43 PM

Reminds me of the Summer Of Love!!

JUST KIDDING!!!!!!!!!!

Nice Project and a neat idea on how to fasten the clip to the turning.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#2 posted 06-19-2009 04:49 PM

Same thing I was thinking Lew.LOL Uique Idea well done.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#3 posted 06-19-2009 05:46 PM

That reminds me of something too but I just can’t seem to remember what it is…..

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#4 posted 06-19-2009 05:50 PM

Hey, I’ve got one of those that I bought at a Cheech & Chong concert. :)

-- 温故知新

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#5 posted 06-19-2009 07:36 PM


-- The only time success comes before work is in the dictionary....

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#6 posted 06-19-2009 08:15 PM

Well, I gotta say, bracelet wasn’t the first thing that came to my mind…:)

Very clever, I often have the same problem, can’t get them on without a third hand.
Thanks for sharing.


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#7 posted 06-19-2009 08:52 PM

Actually, an excellent idea and a wonderful, thoughtful gift.

Expandi on the idea by putting a couple of these together with a stand and you’ve got a “third hand” for small parts assembly; or avoid smashed fingers by using it to hold nails when hammering.

You can always use scrap sticks, but I like the elegantly turned handle. Why not add a little flair to even the most ordinary stick or tool?

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#8 posted 06-20-2009 02:31 AM

The idea is good but the turning is GREAT ! Beautiful job overall …I could have used one or two of these back in the seventies….probably would have made a killing selling them too : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#9 posted 06-20-2009 11:37 AM

Great idea and good looking too. If my wife used bracelets I would make her one right away.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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