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Swedish Idea: Key Grips From Scrap

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Project by ChuckM posted 921 days ago 1979 views 21 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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.)

-- The time I enjoy wasting is not time wasted





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redryder

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#1 posted 921 days ago

Nice idea….......

-- mike...............

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#2 posted 921 days ago

Nice idea. Have to file this one in the memory bank for future use.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased." http://www.cajunpen.com/

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TNwoodchuck

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#3 posted 921 days ago

An elegant solution for an “Arthur…” issue some of us older folks seem to have developed.

Thanks especially for sharing the tips from your learning curve.

-- Chuck near Nashville - “All you are unable to give possesses you” (Andre Gide)

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#4 posted 921 days ago

ChuckM,very cool approach to personalizing something that we actually carry around with us most of the day ! It seems as time goes on natural materials often give way to plastics or some composite material in our day to day lives,and having the timeless medium of wood right there in your pocket is a welcomed change !Great post and Thanks for sharing…....ROB

-- Rob,Gaithersburg,MD,One mans trash is another mans repurposed wood shop treasure ! ;-)

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#5 posted 921 days ago

Hi Chuck. I had a similar idea a while ago but never up the result on Lumberjocks. I show you a photo as an advance. I use it daily and are very comfortable. Good job!
Hola Chuck. Tuve una idea similar hace un tiempo, pero nunca subí el resultado. Te muestro una de las fotos como adelanto. Las uso a diario y son muy cómodas. Buen trabajo.

-- Our lives are marked and bound together by concentric rings. Martín - Argentina

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#6 posted 921 days ago

Thanks all for the comments.

TNwoodchuck: Suffers of arthritis will find this kind of grip very helpful.

Marpintero: Your designs are nice; I’d use one of them (on the left or in the center) for one of my car keys. Thanks for sharing. Swedish idea, Argentina design…and Japanese car!

-- The time I enjoy wasting is not time wasted

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#7 posted 921 days ago

Cool idea well done.

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#8 posted 920 days ago

Lovely

Guy

-- Guy,PEI

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#9 posted 919 days ago

what a wonderful way to dress up a plane and simple key. this is an excellent idea and very well executed.

-- Rob, You have failed if you have not tried.

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