Curly Maple Shoehorn

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Project by Jim Jakosh posted 08-09-2013 01:50 AM 1429 views 3 times favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I need another long shoehorn for Arizona and I did not want to buy another Penn State kit, although their brass shoehorn kit is very nice. I wanted the challenge of making a one piece shoehorn from a stick of wood. I have only this one piece of Curly maple and it worked out good for the thickness I needed.
I turned the handle on the lathe and carved the horn end. It is 28” long and has a solid brass ferrule on the end with a rope ring to hang it up.

In doing this project I have come up with another way to make sanding balls using half of a rubber ball on the end of a turned piece of wood and putting an O ring over it to secure the sand paper. It is every bit as good as an inflatable sanding ball.

The finish is clear lacquer with a final coat of glaze.

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#1 posted 08-09-2013 02:09 AM

Cut it out Mate, you’re trying to make me feel guilty, I just ordered a kit to make a new one for my front door cloak hanger,
This sure looks the goods Jim, the CM suits the job just great
very well done

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#2 posted 08-09-2013 02:24 AM

Mate, I could do with one of them I have a couple of plastic ones around the house.
Nice tailor made job Jim.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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Bob Collins

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#3 posted 08-09-2013 02:53 AM

Really nice one Jim, a must in every old buggers home. Must have a go at making one.

-- Bob C, Australia. I love sharing as long as it is not my tools

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Joe Lyddon

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#4 posted 08-09-2013 03:19 AM

Very nice work, Jim

That curly maple is sure nice… turned out very nice!


Thank you

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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#5 posted 08-09-2013 03:34 AM

Jim that is a ” BEAUTY” just perfect and so well polished and smooth.

-- Kiefer 松

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#6 posted 08-09-2013 04:59 AM

Turned out looking great Jim. Wasn’t there shoes called slip-ons when we were kids? Maybe I’ll go back to them. Outstanding piece of curly maple by the way.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams

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#7 posted 08-09-2013 06:13 AM

Nice one Jim….very practical project.

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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#8 posted 08-09-2013 09:22 AM

Nice stick bud.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#9 posted 08-09-2013 10:23 AM

Very nice shoehorn Jim, the Curly maple is beautiful…looks too nice to use.

-- Dave.......Keep calm and make more sawdust....

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#10 posted 08-09-2013 10:33 AM

Very nice Jim, great choice of wood, nice finish and brass loop on the end.

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#11 posted 08-09-2013 11:48 AM

Excellent Jim. I really like that curly maple.

-- Mike, Missouri --- “A positive life can not happen with a negative mind.” ---

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#12 posted 08-09-2013 01:42 PM

Great work there. Hope it works really great for you.

-- Tim, Missouri ....Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what the heck happened

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#13 posted 08-09-2013 04:03 PM

Ok Jim, at first I thought it was one of those long handled love spoons, but I admit it does look more like a shoe horn. Nice work, looks beautiful, especially with that nice wood.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#14 posted 08-10-2013 01:53 AM

Looks great! Very nice work.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#15 posted 08-10-2013 02:09 AM

Looks very nice.
How does the wood hold up under use?

-- Joel

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