My little boot needs a big shoe horn

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Project by hairy posted 11-12-2010 07:22 PM 1789 views 0 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

OK, it’s not completed. But, it will be in a few hours. I still need to cut it off, and finish the end.

It’s not just another pretty face, this is fully functional. It is contoured to go around my leg . It performs very well.

Right now, I’m having fun making hexagonal handles. I know, I need to expand my horizons.

This is a multi axis turning, then bandsaw the spoon end to rough shape. After that it was a 1/4” gouge to shape the bowl, and a 1/2” chisel to get it to final shape. I followed that up with files and sandpaper.

This could have been a spoon, or other kitchen implement, or a backscratcher.The timing is right for a shoe horn.

I started with a blank of walnut, 28” long x 2” square. Olympic antique oil finish.

-- stay thirsty my friends...

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#1 posted 11-12-2010 07:34 PM

Complex work, Hairy, but worth it. I never even got the hang of single axis turning and I’m not fantastic on the band saw either so much admiration for the skill involved. Looks good too.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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#2 posted 11-12-2010 08:31 PM

That’s …...... amazing! Nice work, Hairy.


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#3 posted 11-12-2010 09:22 PM

Wow! That’s really cool. Good job! Thanks for sharing.

-- Glen - Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

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#4 posted 11-12-2010 11:13 PM

That is a great looking functional piece Hairy. I may have to make one for my wife’s grandma. She could really use one of this length.

How exactly do you do a multi-axis turning? I didn’t even know you could.

-- - Eric Indianapolis, IN

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#5 posted 11-12-2010 11:15 PM

Very nice, great job.

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#6 posted 11-12-2010 11:22 PM

Is your name harry? hairy I don’t mean hairy harry !just Harry! hairy er just harry. If you know what I mean hairy.Your confusing me now Hairy.So anyway well done with the shoe thingummy Hairy or is it harry I would like to know if this is a misprint or a misconception Hairy of harry I know a dirty harry but you are too clean to be him, very spotless workshop that’s how I know keep happy Hairy.Alistair unhairy Hosie.well I have a little

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#7 posted 11-12-2010 11:40 PM

Eric, multi axis is turning off center. Like this

It can get crazy!

Alistair, its hairy like Cousin Itt, not like Harry Potter.

-- stay thirsty my friends...

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#8 posted 11-13-2010 12:41 AM

Thank you for the pic. I’ll have to find a video of this as it looks scary and I’m not sure if what I’m thinking is correct. So you work on one section of it and the other area just flaps around like crazy?

-- - Eric Indianapolis, IN

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#9 posted 11-13-2010 12:48 AM

Try this:

All his videos are very good.

-- stay thirsty my friends...

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#10 posted 11-13-2010 01:10 AM

that is one huge shoe horn for that little shoe you made!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#11 posted 11-13-2010 04:24 AM

You are expanding them nicely :-)) great job.

-- 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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#12 posted 11-13-2010 02:50 PM

Nice! I think it would make a great “attitude-adjustment tool”

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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#13 posted 11-16-2010 03:13 PM

Nice work Hairy and I like the bed cover you came up with. I’m now using that same cover idea, but with a piece of sheet metal.

Keep up the good work.

-- Happily turning on my Robust S16LB "There is no failure except in no longer trying. "

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