Brass and Purpleheart Pinch Sticks

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Project by Bluenote38 posted 11-10-2018 12:48 AM 891 views 2 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My first LJ Swap. I made these pinch sticks with Purpleheart and Aluminum sticks and brass/Ebony and brass/Pink Ivory keepers. Here is a link to my blog on the build.

-- Bill - Rochester MI

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#1 posted 11-10-2018 01:49 AM

Those are beautiful, Bill. Great work!

-- Dave - Minneapolis

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#2 posted 11-10-2018 02:18 AM

Bell of the Ball, nice job, some Lucky person gonna get really gifted there.

Thanks for posting, and your blog on this was awesome.

-- Think safe, be safe

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#3 posted 11-10-2018 02:19 AM

These are great! Be sure to include the 2018 Marking Tool Swap in your tags!

-- Mike, A Yooper with a drawl,

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#4 posted 11-10-2018 02:24 AM

These are great! Be sure to include the 2018 Marking Tool Swap in your tags!

- mikeacg

Done – thanks

-- Bill - Rochester MI

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#5 posted 11-10-2018 03:54 AM

Bill your pinch sticks are so elegant and look to be every bit as functional and sturdy. The brass knobs on the ebony and brass blocks against the aluminum and purpleheart beams make a nice contrast.

Nicely done!!!

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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#6 posted 11-10-2018 02:35 PM

Very beautiful, very useful!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#7 posted 11-10-2018 05:36 PM

Very beautiful, a notable addition to any tool collection.


-- No one plans to fail, they just, just fail to plan

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#8 posted 11-10-2018 05:39 PM

Very nice, Bill!

-- Let good people watch good videos!

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#9 posted 11-10-2018 06:40 PM

Bill – what was your process to maximize the color of the wood? I am milling for a desk surface right now.

-- I think they could take sesame seeds off the market and I wouldn't even care. I can't imagine five years from now saying, "Man, remember sesame seeds? What happened? All the buns are blank."

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#10 posted 11-10-2018 07:07 PM

Sand down to 600grit then 4 coats of Wattco finished off with Johnson’s Paste Wax on the Purpleheart sticks. Brass, Ebony, and Pink Ivory to 3000grit then polishing rouge followed with paste wax.

On my next project I may switch over to Zinnsear (Bull’s Eye) Sealer, and Arm-R-Seal with 2000 grit final sanding, and a coat of Behlen’s Deluxing compound (wax). EarlS uses this method and his stuff comes out absolutely beautiful.

-- Bill - Rochester MI

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#11 posted 11-10-2018 10:48 PM

wow…very nice

-- I yam what I yam and that's all what I yam

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#12 posted 11-11-2018 03:01 AM

Love these sticks Bill. A simple tool but the materials and quality of workmanship make them elegant. One of the gems in this swap IMO :-)

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#13 posted 11-11-2018 02:30 PM

These turned out awesome, I love em!

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#14 posted 11-12-2018 05:08 PM

These are really pretty and look useful.

-- Allen, Colorado (Instagram @bobasaurus_woodworking)

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#15 posted 11-13-2018 02:08 AM

Really great useful items Bill! Well done! Congratulations on a top 3 as well.

-- "Duck and Bob would be out doin some farming with funny hats on." chrisstef

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