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Project by rivergirl posted 11-17-2011 01:12 AM 1342 views 2 times favorited 25 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Among other things I have been busy making and selling wooden buttons. Yes. Wooden buttons. Some weeks I make 3-500 buttons. LOL Look David- I took that one little piece of zebra wood and also purple heart and cut them into buttons! So you guys need to stop burning your scrap – No piece is too small for a button. If you have a person who knits, crochets or works with leather buttons are a marvelous gift. Fits nicely in the Christmas stocking. Quick and easy and believe me- they LOVE THEM. The last pic is a hand knitted cowl with a Riverhouse button on it. The lady took the pic and sent it to me- then she sold the sweater/cowl to a lady woodworker who lives in Nicaragua. I thought that was funny. :)

-- Homer : "Oh, and how is education supposed to make me feel smarter? Besides, every time I learn something new, it pushes some old stuff out of my brain."





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patron

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#1 posted 11-17-2011 01:39 AM

well done cinderella

good to see you back

so you are using the shop
and the tools

i thought you were forever doomed
cleaning dog p@@p
for your wicked aunt

like to see you get one good 14 ” BS

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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rivergirl

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#2 posted 11-17-2011 01:55 AM

I dream of a big band saw. Believe me. But oh well. I use what I have- and thanks to you David I am able to get alot more done. I think of you every time I turn on that old table saw and little jointer. I always use my push stick and I haven’t even cut on in half yet. :) I am still so busy with stuff- hopefully will be caught up with orders next week – then clean and cook those big ass turkeys. I am still doomed to cleaning up dog poop- but hey- puppies you know? :)

-- Homer : "Oh, and how is education supposed to make me feel smarter? Besides, every time I learn something new, it pushes some old stuff out of my brain."

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Joe Lyddon

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#3 posted 11-17-2011 02:30 AM

That’s a lot of cutting, sanding, drilling, cutting, & sanding!

How thick are they?

How BIG are they?

Pictures are deceiving…

Sure look nice!

Nice to see you back! Glad you’ve been OK!

Take care…

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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rivergirl

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#4 posted 11-17-2011 02:40 AM

They are all about 1.25 inches long by a hair shorter than that on the other side. LOL And yes, I drill every single hole with my little hand drill. I am getting better. I have done over 1,000 buttons! Funny huh?

-- Homer : "Oh, and how is education supposed to make me feel smarter? Besides, every time I learn something new, it pushes some old stuff out of my brain."

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Joe Lyddon

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#5 posted 11-17-2011 02:48 AM

That’s good! If they were much smaller, you’d never be in need of a manacure! LOL

Are you talking about the hand drill where you actually turn a crank…?
... or one with batteries? LOL

I pictures a small drill press at work… Add that to your list! LOL

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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rivergirl

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#6 posted 11-17-2011 02:53 AM

I have a drill press. David has seen it. I think it works. I have never turned it on. LOL

-- Homer : "Oh, and how is education supposed to make me feel smarter? Besides, every time I learn something new, it pushes some old stuff out of my brain."

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Joe Lyddon

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#7 posted 11-17-2011 03:19 AM

Oh rivergirl!

You could save yourself HOURS!

Just take a length of 1×2 long enough to go across the DP table & spring-clamp it to the table where when you have a bit in it, the bit hits the button blank in the middle.

Then, take another scrap piece of 1×2, slide it along the 1×2 fence you just clamped, put a button next to it, and move it toward the bit so the bit still hits the button in the middle (like before)... but now adjust the placement of the 2nd 1×2/button combo so that the bit is at the proper distance from the outside button edge… Clamp THAT 1×2 in place…

Now, all you have to do is:

1. Place a Button blank into the corner made by the 1×2’s.

2. Pull handle to drill hole.

3. Flip the button around.

4. Pull handle to drill other hole.

5. DONE with 1 button…

Faster than you know what!!

Think about it… It’s really very easy!

You might have to adjust the Table up/down to get it at a good drilling height…

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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rivergirl

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#8 posted 11-17-2011 03:46 AM

Okay Joe. I’ll leave the porch light on for you. :)

-- Homer : "Oh, and how is education supposed to make me feel smarter? Besides, every time I learn something new, it pushes some old stuff out of my brain."

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~Julie~

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#9 posted 11-17-2011 05:31 AM

Yes, please use your drill press… easy as pie! I would even stack them and do more than one at a time.

Question about the buttons. Are they washable on the items? How do you ensure they don’t break along the line where the holes are? Would that depend on the wood type?

You’ve been so productive… congrats on all the sales!!!

-- ~Julie~ followyourheartwoodworking.blogspot.ca

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mahadevwood

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#10 posted 11-17-2011 07:10 AM

Very nice concept, I like your message to save natural wood

-- http://www.mahadevwood.com

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learnin2do

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#11 posted 11-17-2011 07:19 AM

crazy!! how have you not gone blind? how do you keep the dust off your glasses?
how do you get them so perfect?

I broke my drill press…just like every other tool in the pile…bought a scroll saw though! -not my thing, but it has come in handy -btw, i guess i’m engaged now…my man got me a 16” STIHL -i think he is a keeper

-- christine

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Joe Lyddon

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#12 posted 11-17-2011 07:38 AM

Julie, Good Idea to stack’em… BUT not too high…

Maybe David will show her how to do it… LOL

Good question about the possible breakage inline with the holes…

I guess it would be better to glue two sheets together crossing the grain... THEN cut into strips, etc. for the buttons.
That would solve the Breaking problem…

Now, are they washable? LOL

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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rivergirl

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#13 posted 11-17-2011 01:35 PM

The buttons have never broken. The wood is very hard wood and very kiln dried and very dry period.

As for perfection Christine- well, I have improved a bit but am no where near perfect. Initially my first buttons were not so good- but after doing thousands of buttons and square tags I guess I just get a little better each time? I cut the wood strips on the table saw- (a nod to my dad and David Patron) then just use the belt sander turned on it’s side and I count inside my head- 1-2-3-4 turn- 1-3-4-5 face 1-2-3-4 edges on face 1-2-3- etc. etc…. monotonous but therapeutic. HA! I do hand drill the holes- but could perhaps try and use the drill press some day when I have time to actually get it set up.. spring perhaps. But really, the drill press is still about the same amount of work- push down the bit- turn the buttons etc. etc. Stacking is an option with the drill press but I generally only do 20-30 buttons at a whack- while the paint dries on other projects. But if the old drill press does in fact work I will give it a whirl.

Julie- I use Brie Wax when requested to do so- but generally I recommend no finish for washability etc. But remember- these buttons mainly go on hand knitted items which are hand wash gently in cool water- then lay flat to dry- and towel off the buttons. Or on leather items which never get washed. So, they buttons are treated with kid gloves just like the sweaters, scarves, socks, etc. etc. It is nice to see my buttons on so many diverse projects. The fiber artists are really quite incredible. Very creative and very very talented. They seem to like my buttons.

-- Homer : "Oh, and how is education supposed to make me feel smarter? Besides, every time I learn something new, it pushes some old stuff out of my brain."

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~Julie~

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#14 posted 11-17-2011 02:54 PM

I’m sure they do like them… makes the knitted piece extra special!

-- ~Julie~ followyourheartwoodworking.blogspot.ca

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Joe Lyddon

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#15 posted 11-17-2011 09:15 PM

Really DRY wood will split easier…

By using the DP, you would not have to Mark the buttons for holes...
You decide ONCE where they go… The JIG does the rest…

Also, wouldn’t it be easier to sand a long strip on the edges than small pieces?

Ergo: Cut into strips, sand, cut into smaller pieces, drill holes, then finish sanding?

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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