Wooden Thimbles

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Project by Karson posted 09-17-2010 04:43 AM 4536 views 3 times favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The man who started the Mason Dixon Woodworkers about 20 years ago asked me for some wood.

His wife owned a business who catered to people who sew. Over the years she has collected thimbles from all over the world. Bill has built some display cases to show the thimbles.

He has been looking for a router bit that would cut the tapered edges for the inside of a thimble. He found one a while back and so he has been making wooden thimbles of some wood that he had in his shop.

He had about 20 or so thimbles made and mounted on a board. He called me and asked if I had any wood that I could give to him to add to his collection.

I went through the shop and I collected 40 different species or variations in species. I took him over a care package of all that I had. These were ones that were different from what he had. So I didn’t supply walnut or cherry or other common woods.

Tonight at our woodworkers meeting he brought me a gift. A board with 44 different wooden thimbles that he had made for my wife.

The species are:

1. Genuine Mahogany
2. African Mahogany
3. Cypress
4. Cedar/Cypress
5. Zircote
6. Mesquite
7. Indosian Rosewood
8. Beech
9. Goncalo Alves
10. Butternut
11. Hickory
12. Popular
13. Sassafras
14. Osage Orange
15. Macacuba
16. River Willow
17. Maple
18. Ambrosia Maple
19. Burl Maple
20. Burl Cherry
21. Chechem
22. Texas Ebony
23. Desert Ironwood
24. Tiger Maple
25. Green Heart / Ipe
26. Sweet Gum
27. Lacewood
28. Nicaraguan Rosewood
29. Canary Wood
30. Yellow Heart/Pau Amarelo
31. Spalted Maple
32. Oak Burl
33. Yellow Birch
34. Zebra Wood
35. Utile / Sipo
36. White Oak
37. Spanish Cedar
38. Alder
39. Red Gum Eucalyptus
40. Ash
41. Accoya
42. Sycamore
43. Testoa
44. Marblewood.

I need to make a slight change. I need to put a number in each thimble and also on the mounting peg because if the kids mix them all up, it would be hard to get them back in the right place.

I could do it, but no one else in the family.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#1 posted 09-17-2010 04:48 AM

WOW!! That is quite a project. Glad you can put them where they belong, I never could :-))

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#2 posted 09-17-2010 04:50 AM


-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#3 posted 09-17-2010 04:55 AM

What a Great way to make a wood collection! Good for you, Karson.


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#4 posted 09-17-2010 05:22 AM

Karson, other than yourself, very few lumberjocks could get the thimbles returned to the right peg. It was quite a nice presentation. You and Bill really teamed up on that one.

That would be some test … or a game…. matching the thimble wood to its named peg. ...hmmm I’m thinking laser labeling… ?

-- Al H. - small shop, small projects...

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#5 posted 09-17-2010 05:27 AM

Terrific stuff Karson. Don’t know many people who have 40 types of wood just laying around. This sure is a great way to display and organize. Would make a great teaching guide too. Functional art… I love it. Thanks for sharing it with us.

By the way, I noticed there’s no Holly! ;-)

-- Better to say nothing and be thought the fool... then to speak and erase all doubt!

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#6 posted 09-17-2010 05:38 AM

very cool

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#7 posted 09-17-2010 06:34 AM

very unique way to show what different types of wood look like!

really nice display…..thanks for the show and tell!!!!

-- Doug, New Mexico.......the only stupid question is one that is never asked!........don't fix it, if it ain't broke!

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#8 posted 09-17-2010 06:59 AM

Karson, Does your wife sew? If not mine is a quilter and I am sure that she would not have a problem putting some of these to use. Seriously, they are beautiful to see all the various materials displayed this way is truly unique.

Thanks for sharing!

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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#9 posted 09-17-2010 08:43 AM

What a great collection Karson! Only you can do it.


-- “If someone feels that they had never made a mistake in their life, then it means they have never tried a new thing in their life”.-Albert Einstein

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#10 posted 09-17-2010 10:57 AM

Yea great story Karson and cool display. I wish I had,

A) that much different wood in my shop!

B) the knowlage to label all the wood correctly.

C) ohh did I mention the wood?

Great post!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#11 posted 09-17-2010 01:35 PM

Very nice Karson.

Nice to hear how 2 gentleman interact.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#12 posted 09-17-2010 01:55 PM

Hey Karson,

What a wonderful story.
Good for both of you.
And I bet a lot of LJs would like such a sampler.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#13 posted 09-17-2010 03:32 PM

That is really cool! The different species look lovely next to each other.

-- Vicki on the Eastern Shore of MD

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#14 posted 09-17-2010 03:35 PM

That’s a great collection you shared with each other, I think I only have 5 diffrent

kinds of wood in my shop-Pine-Oak-Cherry-Walnut-& Maple.

-- Bob Kenosha Wi.

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#15 posted 09-18-2010 02:25 AM

wow, very cool story man!

-- Flemming. It's only a mistake if you can't fix it.

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