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Making a Wood Bracelet with Scrappy #3: Step #3 Drilling Holes and Shaping

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Making a Wood Bracelet with Scrappy: Step #3

First I want to remind every one to be VERY careful! Always keep safety in mind when doing your projects.

In this step we will be drilling the holes for the pins and shaping the pieces.

Once you have all of your pieces cut to size ( step #1 ) and the notches cut ( step #2 ), you can get ready to drill the holes for the hinge pins.

You will need:
Suitable material for a hinge pin. ( in my first one I used brad nails. ) I got some wire from the Hobby Bench that is 1/16 diam.

A drill bit to match the hinge pin size. I have a 1/16 inch drill bit.

Preferably a vise to hold the pieces. ( and tape to help )

And a drill press. (You can do this by hand but a drill press will be easier. )

The first thing to do is to line up all your pieces and make sure they fit together.

When drilling your holes, your pieces have to stay in alignment. I use tape to help keep them together.

This makes it a LOT easier when you go to clamp them in the vise.

Caution!!!! Make sure you are drilling in the correct place!!

You can mark each piece with the drill spot to make sure the pins are centered.

(Sorry forgot a pic of that.)

After your pieces are drilled, you can remove the tape.

Caution!!!! Keep your pieces in the same order!! If your hole is not exact on all pieces, ,your pieces will not line up when you go to assemble them.

Next we will be shaping the ends on the pieces.

The reason you need to shape the ends is, when the pieces pivot, the corner will hit and the piece will not move. You need to round over all corners so that they do not hit when assembled.
I use a belt sand and a VERY light touch. If you take too much off, your joint will break easier.

All that is left now is some clean up sanding by hand. Make sure you get rid of all burs and chips.

Next week:

Assembling and final sanding along with finish.

Thanks for following along. Please leave all comments and questions. Feel free to PM me or leave a comment if you need any more information or help.

Scrappy

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



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Karson

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#1 posted 1034 days ago

Great set of instructios.

Nice job

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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Loucarb

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#2 posted 1034 days ago

Thanks for sharing Scrappy.

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Karson

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#3 posted 1034 days ago

Scrappy: Does the pin have a tight fit in the hole to keep it from sliding out. I could think that a Brass Escutcheon Pins would do a nice job. Especially if you could rivet the pointed end over

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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Jim Jakosh

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#4 posted 1034 days ago

Thanks for the instruction. If you get into production, you could make a drill fixture to pop them in and then they would be interchangeable….........Jim

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

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scrappy

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#5 posted 1034 days ago

Karson,
Those would probably work good. My only concern would be splitting the wood when trying to peen them over.

The wire I am using is .0625 diam A standard 1/16 drill bit will make a tight fit. You just have to loosen the fit on the center peg so the bracelet will be flexible and move freely. Both ends will be tight and hold the pin in place. My wife has worn her bracelet off and on for over 2 years and the pins have never moved or loosened.

You could also put a very slight bend in the end of the pin. That way it will slide in most of the way and have to be set in at the very last. Caution though, too much bend and the wood will crack.

Hope this helps.

Scrappy

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

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NormG

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#6 posted 1034 days ago

That is just a wonder pictorial of how to accomplish this project. Thanks for sharing. I have seen these before and this just provides a great way to build them, I would never had thought about the tape to keep them in place. If I do one of these, I will use a second piece of tape after the sanidng to keep them in order

-- Norman

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Zinderin

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#7 posted 548 days ago

Scrappy, seriously dude … I’ve been sitting here and year and a half waiting on that finishing and assembly tutorial … so long your blog page is now burned into my monitor. What’s the deal man, should I go eat, or is this final segment coming????

LOL! Seriously … I just stumbled on this bracelet style and was trying to figure out what you used as the wire to link them together, and what you did for a clasp. :)

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scrappy

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#8 posted 548 days ago

Zinderin, You must have missed the “supplies needed” section in part 1 of this series.

Step #1

In this class you will need to be able to cut a groove down the length of a board and cut a rabbit on two edges. These will all be 1/4×1/4. You can use the table saw or router table (preferred method).

We will be using a table saw, router table, sander and drill press.

You can drill the holes for the pins by hand but, they must be accurate! (much easier on a drill press)

You will need the following materials:
Your wood……...3/4×1 about 6 inches to use but for safety about a 12 in strip would be better.
Drill to be a snug fit for a brad nail (your hinge).
Brad nails (you can use a stiff wire, but you still need a drill bit to match.
Sand Paper and sanding block or bench sander.
Finish as desired. I will be using a hand wipe poly.

Hope this helps
Scrappy

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

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ldl

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#9 posted 548 days ago

I saw this earlier but as I was going through looking at things again it has sparked my interest. I may have to make the wife one.

-- Dewayne in Bainbridge, Ga. - - No one can make you mad. Only you decide when you get mad - -

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