|Project by ChuckM||posted 07-17-2013 09:46 PM||2437 views||21 times favorited||12 comments|
Weekend project – use away some of your exotic scrap wood.
I don’t like the commercial plastic key grips, so I made my own key grips out of scrap wood. Also, instead of using a router to create a recess to house the key head, I came up with the lamination method:
1) Cut the profile of the grip in a stack of three pieces (scrollsaw or bandsaw) and then separate them
2) Trace the key head on the middle piece and cut out the recess (cut the key head smaller first, if desired)
3) CA glue and clamp the three pieces together
4) Drill a key hole (tubing is optional) and apply an oil finish.
You can make a key grip for your car key (old model / non-electronic type only – please see comments) by removing the car key’s plastic handle first and then repeat the above steps. Key grips also make great gifts for elderly relatives and friends.
PS – An example of brass tubes: 88K 7840 from Lee Valley http://www.leevalley.com/en/wood/Page.aspx?p=54998&cat=1,250,43243,53758
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