Buttons for my wife's knitting

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Project by gingershack posted 01-06-2012 12:05 AM 1554 views 8 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My wife, being an avid knitter, challenged me, (meaning she said she wished there was someplace she could get homemade), to create buttons out of wood. The key to this is making them “unique” she said. I played around on the lathe for a while and found a couple ways to knock them out pretty consistantly. I’ve found that it’s a great way to use up the odd cutoffs and ends that I can’t bare to throw away, but seem to collect quickly in the shop. I turned a quick bowl, and now when I get a good piece of wood to use up, and a couple spare minutes I turn some buttons and put them in the bowl for her to use on her projects. Win – win.

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#1 posted 01-06-2012 12:21 AM

All the turning I have done and I have never done buttons! Those are so pretty. What a great idea to use up some scraps..

-- Jen ~ Happiness is being covered in sawdust.

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#2 posted 01-06-2012 12:38 AM

Way cool about as unique project I’ve seen, very good job.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#3 posted 01-06-2012 12:57 AM

those look really nice, nice bowl also…tell tanya i said hello

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#4 posted 01-06-2012 12:57 AM

I think the buttons are a wonderful idea. They look hard to make. I love working with wood, especially when I see all the creative ideas that woodworkers come up with.

-- Flaws are only in the eye of the artisan!

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#5 posted 01-06-2012 02:15 AM

That is pretty cool. I may have to play with that idea at some point as I am sure my wife would figure out a way to use them in her sewing.


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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#6 posted 01-06-2012 03:54 AM

Okay, how did you do that?

Turn a spindle and then part them off?

-- Trying to find an answer to my son’s question: “…and forming organic cellulose by spinning it on its axis is interesting, why?”

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#7 posted 01-06-2012 05:26 AM

Those are beautiful. My wife knits ands sews, and would love these, but I wouldn’t know where to start.

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#8 posted 01-06-2012 02:59 PM

Lessons – I need lessons! These aregreat and I have scrapes that wood be perfect for this!

-- Rod ~ There's never enough time to finish a project, but there's always time to start another one.

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#9 posted 01-06-2012 06:24 PM

They look great! Neat idea.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#10 posted 01-08-2012 06:18 PM

that’s cool.

-- "by all means read what the experts say. Just don't let it get in the way of your woodworking" ;John Brown

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