Fancy/One-of-a-kind House/Car (Old Model) Key Grips -- $0.01 each in material cost

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Project by ChuckM posted 07-17-2013 09:46 PM 4192 views 18 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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,250,43243,53758

-- The time I enjoy wasting is not time wasted

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#1 posted 07-17-2013 10:23 PM

Great idea! I like the laminations with what look like brass? tubing. Just a word of warning on auto ignition keys as most later models are pass-lock (antitheft) chipped under the grip. They are an expensive trip/tow to the dealership or shop .if damaged. Another favorited project.

-- "My god has more wood than your god" ... G. Carlin.

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#2 posted 07-17-2013 10:25 PM

Woodcox – Great caution/advisory on the modern car keys. Thanks.

-- The time I enjoy wasting is not time wasted

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#3 posted 07-17-2013 10:30 PM

The plastic broke off my Geo Metro key. Left just a nub! The dealer (only place to get one) wanted $18 to replace the key! This is a great, and beautiful wood, solution. Thanks for posting!

-- God bless, Candy

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#5 posted 07-18-2013 01:14 AM

Really nice job!

-- Disfruta tu trabajo (enjoy your work) (Bandera, Argentina)

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#6 posted 07-18-2013 01:43 AM

Great use for scraps and I nice touch to the keys. I like the idea for some special keys that are not often used, can label them so I won’t forget what they are for. FAVORITED!


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

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#7 posted 07-18-2013 08:23 AM

Nice work and good idea….

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#8 posted 07-18-2013 09:05 AM

Great idea!! I like it!! Very Cool!!!

-- Robert B. Sabina, Ohio.....

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#9 posted 07-18-2013 06:55 PM

VERY neat idea.
Also favorited!

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#10 posted 07-19-2013 12:05 PM

Interesting idea. Very good looking and practical.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#11 posted 07-19-2013 09:09 PM

Creative and cool idea! Always like the wooden look, great to have it on car keys. Well done!

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#12 posted 07-20-2013 05:37 PM

I love it, I love it, I love it, I love it!!!!

My fav-list is yet too long! :)

I wish I had this idea!

-- Bas, Holland

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