Making a Wood Bracelet with Scrappy #2: Preparing Wood and Cutting Pieces

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Blog entry by scrappy posted 09-12-2011 04:56 AM 5707 reads 4 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: Step #1 Getting Ready/Choosing your Wood Part 2 of Making a Wood Bracelet with Scrappy series Part 3: Step #3 Drilling Holes and Shaping »

Welcome Back!

We will begin be going over some safety tips.
First of all it is always important to know your tools and use them safely. You will be working with very small pieces of wood so, the utmost care is needed.

Always use all guards and a zero clearance blade on the table saw.

Always use proper eye and ear protection.

If something does not seem safe, then stop

Step ONE

The first thing you want to do is to cut your wood to size.

I started with a piece of 4/4 Purple Heart. It was slightly more then 3/4 thick so I had to plane it down. Once at 3/4 thick, I then sliced a piece from the end at 1 inch wide.

That gave me a piece 3/4 X 1 X 12 that has the grain going through it along the 1 inch direction.

See pic below.

Once you have your starting stock, you can cut the notches.

First notch should be the center one. You want this to be 1/4 X 1/4.

I used a 1/4 bit in the router table, but this can also be done with a dado set or multiple cuts on the table saw. This notch MUST be centered.

Please use EXTREME CAUTION as these are small pieces you are working with.

The next thing to do is to cut the 2 outer notches.

This was also done on the router table.

Your notches should be cut 1/4 deep and leave a tendon that is a snug but not tight fit into your center notch.

When testing this cut, I used a piece of scrap, and checked the fit to make sure my cuts were accurate.

Next you want to cut your strip into your sections.

It is best to make these the same size as your notches. Mine are cut to 1/4 thick. This will allow you to create a hinge point easier.

Make sure you make enough for the entire length of the bracelet. ( I make extra to use in testing the hinge pin fit. And in case I make a mistake, I have extra parts. haha)

At this point we will stop.

Next time:

Drilling the hinge holes and shaping the pieces.

Until next week, Enjoy!

Thanks for following along. Please feel free to contact me with any questions you may have.


-- Scrap Wood's the best...the projects are smaller, and so is the mess!

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#1 posted 09-12-2011 05:27 AM

Cool. Thanks Scrappy.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#2 posted 09-12-2011 02:52 PM

Scrappy, I appreciate your work in showing us how to make these bracelets. I will look forward to the next edition.

Thanks for sharing…

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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#3 posted 09-18-2011 12:01 AM

thats a safer and quicker than the holder thingee …thanks —-waiting in the back of the room for #3

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