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!
In this section we are going to be doing our Final Sanding, Finishing and Assembly of the bracelet.
Make sure to get all saw marks off of the surface and sand to the final grit for a good finish. Grit used will depend partly on what kind of wood you used and what finish you will be using. I am sorry but, I did not sand mine as good as I should have and it shows.
once you have all of your pieces ready you can do your finish as needed. I left mine as raw wood because I like to just use the Beale Buffing System with the final coat being Carnuba Wax. It brings out the grain in most woods great.
Next we will prepare our hinge pins.
On the first bracelet, I used Brad nails for the pins. On this one I used .062 Diam Wire that I got from the hobby shop. I have a 1/16 inch drill bit so this seemed easiest.
Make sure that the pins are long enough to go all the way through the bracelet. You want to have the leading edge to have a slightly rounded end. This will help the pin go through the hole easier. The back side does not matter as you will be sanding this off after assembly.
In this pic you can see the pins are ready to go.
Here is the first pin in place. This is where the clasp will hook.
CAUTION!!! Depending on what type of clasp you use, you will need to put it in place with this pin! If you would like, you could just assemble this into a complete circle to be worn like a bangle type bracelet.
Keep going all the way down the length of the bracelet, section by section, until it is all assembled.
Once the bracelet is assembled, you can sand or grind the pins flush with the edges of the bracelet. Be careful when doing this. You do not want to go too far and reduce the width of the links and weaken them.
I used a magnetic Clasp on this bracelet to make it easier to get on and off.
Here are a couple of pics of the bracelet after being buffed and a close up of the clasp.
I hope you all enjoyed this class. I am available for any questions or help you may need. Looking forward to seeing all of your completed bracelets.
PM me with your finished projects and I will add the links for them to this blog.
-- Scrap Wood's the best...the projects are smaller, and so is the mess!