Making a Wood Bracelet with Scrappy #4: Part #4 Finishing and Final Assembly

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Blog entry by scrappy posted 10-04-2011 07:21 AM 5611 reads 11 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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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 #4

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.

Thank You

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

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#1 posted 10-04-2011 08:45 AM

This is a very cool project … my wife makes beaded jewelry – but his is on a whole new level. Very Cool.

-- Factory in a box ...

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#2 posted 10-04-2011 09:01 AM

This was nice Scrappy. Thank you for putting this together.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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#3 posted 10-04-2011 02:18 PM

Nice project, and a good class. Thanks!

-- 4thumbs in MO

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#4 posted 10-04-2011 03:16 PM

Scrappy: Thanks for the class

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

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#5 posted 10-04-2011 05:36 PM

Great Job!!!!

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#6 posted 10-04-2011 09:13 PM

thank´s for taking the time to do the class
it has been very interresting to follow on the line sofare
my Daughter Silke just saw the finished brace and love the stile
and we went trugh the blogs together while I explained transletd to Danish
about the how to do it
and she said that shuold be easy enoff for her to make it too …. what a confidence
after she got Sloyd a few hours once a week this school year .. :-)
and a kudo to you sir as teacher :-)
now I have to find a place to buy latches …. and sharpen the Stanley 50 ….. LOL

take care

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#7 posted 10-04-2011 11:16 PM

Thanks for the class Scrappy!!
I’ve wanted to make one since I saw your original… never enough time…

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#8 posted 10-05-2011 01:09 AM

Thanks for the great comments everyone.

If you PM me with your finnished projects I will tag them here or in part 5,

Thanks Again.


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

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#9 posted 10-07-2011 07:02 AM

Part 5? There’s more? I wait with anticipation. :)

Where do you get your clasps?

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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#10 posted 10-07-2011 09:02 AM

There will be a part #5 when others post to me about their completed Bracelets. I will put links to them all under one post and call it Part#5.
I got my clasps at the Hobby Bench. It is a local Hobby store in Phoenix. I am sure that any of the ones that carry jewelry parts, ( Hobby Bench, Hobby lobby, Micheals, etc…) should have them. I have even seen them at jewelry stores. What I used is actually a add on for a neklace, to make it easier to get on and off.(the magnets)

Hope this helps.

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

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#11 posted 10-19-2011 04:03 PM

Hi Scrappy.

Nice job, but you left out how you do the “Beale Buffing System” finish and I for one am unfamiliar with it. A couple of sentences on it would be nice…

I see you’re a fellow purpleheart lover. Goes great in this project. I’m thinking of doing one as a stocking stuffer for the wife. Thanks.

-- The nicer the nice, the higher the price!

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#12 posted 10-26-2011 04:02 AM

Well done class Scrappy. Thanks for sharing.

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#13 posted 01-12-2012 11:42 PM

first I am here. I like your work. thanks for sharing.

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#14 posted 03-20-2012 07:05 PM

good job and thanks for your time and know how got to try and make one

-- george Nl,Canada

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#15 posted 10-12-2012 12:08 AM

Thanks for the info.

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

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