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Project by Jim Jakosh posted 08-24-2011 10:17 PM 1081 views 1 time favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I finally finished this shoehorn that I bought from Penn State about a year ago. You get the back brass cap and the shoehorn front piece. I had to turn the brass ferrule because I thought the wood might split with a 3/8” stud going into a 5/8” wood sleeve. The wood is Teak from the remains of a broken 2” dia. pole in one of those heavy outdoor umbrellas. I made a new post and kept the broken pieces just in case I had a need for them

I made this one 28” long. The plan had it at about 7” long. It is finished with Shellawax and then spray Poly over the top.

I thought I might need this a few years when it is too hard to bend over. It works pretty good right now!!

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





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Bearpie

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#1 posted 08-24-2011 11:39 PM

A good project for people with bad backs and can’t bend down that far! Like me occasionally!

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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jack1

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#2 posted 08-25-2011 12:18 AM

What key is it in, Bb?
Ok, I’ll stop.

;0)

-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

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peteg

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#3 posted 08-25-2011 12:20 AM

This is a beautie Jim, think I am going to have to make one for myself, seems thet after almost 68 years my legs are growing & my feet are moving past the length of my reach (least I think thats the problem LOL)

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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Rustic

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#4 posted 08-25-2011 12:37 AM

man i got catch up in my posting. you have been busy jim. nice job

-- www.carvingandturningsbyrick.com, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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Bob Collins

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#5 posted 08-25-2011 01:38 AM

Looks good Jim, I need to made one for these bloody knees of mine.

-- Bob C, Australia. I love sharing as long as it is not my tools

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Jim Jakosh

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#6 posted 08-25-2011 02:07 AM

Pete and Bob, I have back problems some times and I need this to slide into my shoes without bending. I have an old one on a stick and this one is sturdy and should outlast me! the one thing this project did was to make me build extensions for my steady rest arms. When I built in initially I had one strip of steel that was too short to make full length roller arms, so I split into thirds and made it work for the bigger hollow vase I was turning. I had more of the stock now, but not enough to make 3 – 9” arms again, so I added screw on extensions and it went down to 3/4”. That shaft was really vibrating without the steady rest.

Erwin, the parts are available from Penn State Industries and pretty cheap. I’d recommend a metal ferrule on the end to keep the wood from splitting.

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

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sedcokid

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#7 posted 08-25-2011 03:14 AM

Jim, I should make one of these for myself and one for you father, I am 67 and he is 87. You did a fine looking job on this shoe horn.

Thanks for sharing

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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ShopTinker

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#8 posted 08-25-2011 05:27 AM

That reminds me of my Dad. He used a long shoe horn as far back as I can remember. He snapped the horn off once and just drilled the end and glued it back on. It’s wasn’t a very pretty job but it worked. I’ve got it around here somewhere. Anyway, I think your addition of the ferrule is very good idea knowing where his broke.

Another great project!

-- Dan - Valparaiso, Indiana, "A smart man changes his mind, a fool never does."

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Roger

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#9 posted 08-25-2011 02:31 PM

a gr8 lookin shoehorn

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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ohwoodeye

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#10 posted 08-25-2011 03:34 PM

Oh, a shoe horn. I was all excited because I have extremely long arms and I thought this was a spoon which would save me from having to bend my elbows so much when I eat my cereal.

-- Directions are just the Manufacturer's opinion on how something should be assembled. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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Grumpy

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#11 posted 08-26-2011 10:57 PM

A very tricky piece of turning Jim & nicely done.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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mafe

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#12 posted 08-28-2011 01:22 PM

It will be good after a day on the lathe…
No bending down.
Really nice work.
Best thoughts,
Mads

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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