|Project by ChuckM||posted 01-01-2012 08:51 PM||2167 views||22 times favorited||9 comments|
This use of scrap to make key grips—submitted by a Swedish reader—appeared in the Feb. 1996 issue of FW.
From the test cuts (before using more fancy woods), I came up with a few learning points:
1) Instead of removing half the thickness of a key’s shaft on one blank and repeating the same on the opposite blank which I did for the first grip, I found that I could carve out the full recess on one blank and glue a thinner blank to complete the assembly. Routing or carving out the recesses is a time-consuming step in this project.
2) If the recess is an hair shallower for a perfect fit. don’t try to make the recess deeper to fit; file down the thickness of the key’s shaft instead.
3) A belt sander would give a faster and more consistent edge look on the grip than using rasp and file (do use the hand tools for the few keys that have special meanings for you though).
4) You can rout out recesses for several blanks on one board before cutting the blanks to final size; it’s easier to work with a large piece of wood than with each small blank (measuring 1 5/8” x 1 1/4” x 1/4”).
5) You can cut or grind the size of the key’s shaft smaller so the final wooden grip stays close to the size of the original key.
I used a brass tube for pens (88k 7840 from Lee Valley Tools) and a 1/4” square brass tube as the materials for the key rings.
This was completed on New Year’s Eve…Happy New Year.
(P.S. Stamp your initials on the grip to personalize your project.)
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