Steps for turning buttons

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Project by gingershack posted 01-11-2012 04:40 PM 1344 views 13 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Some folks asked for the steps I use to create the wood buttons. Sorry, day job keeps me from being able to create a complete blog on the process at this time. I thought I’d share these pics to give you an idea. To know the size, thickness, and holes consult your local knitter or seamstress. The blank I use in my lathe is around 4 inches long as that is about as much as the jaws on my lathe can handle with stability. The height and width of the blank depends on the size of the button you want. The thing my wife reminds me of is unique, they want unique buttons. Once I part them off I use a clamp and my belt sander to finish the back, then finish sand by hand. My wife prefers natural finishes so I use Danish oil and/or wax.

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#1 posted 01-11-2012 05:33 PM

Thanks for the info , it amounts to a mini blog.

-- Custom furniture

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#2 posted 01-11-2012 07:11 PM

Great idea.
However at my age I’m beginning to like Velcro and snaps better. (-:

-- Les B, Oregon

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#3 posted 01-11-2012 07:26 PM

Very nice and a great place for everyone to start. Not having a belt sander your process will be a great jumping off point. I have a bunch of 1” x 1” scrap that will get destroyed this weekend.

-- 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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#4 posted 01-11-2012 07:44 PM

Hello gingershack

A great idea for us and for my lathe

Thanks for the idea

-- Diggerjack-France ---The only limit is the limit of the mind and the mind has no limit

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#5 posted 01-11-2012 08:59 PM

These are very cool! Beautiful work!

You must have oriented the grain like a bowl, not like a spindle on the lathe, right?


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#6 posted 01-12-2012 04:16 AM

Great buttons

-- Norman

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#7 posted 01-12-2012 07:30 AM

Clever technique. If I’m ever in need of buttons, this will come in handy.

-- Allen, Colorado

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#8 posted 01-12-2012 05:38 PM

Very interesting.
Something fun to do when I just want to play with the lathe.

-- It's all fun, Terry******N. Idaho

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