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01-17-2016 10:08 PM

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Three ways to Make a Wooden Chain

Here are some possibly New Looks at how to make Wooden Chains…

When a boy in the Boy Scouts & at camp, I took a small length (maybe 12”) of a straight 3” dia. Pine tree branch… Carved a rectangle box at one end then carved a Ball In it… Then carved a chain out of the rest of it… all with a small pocket knife… I have since thought of other ways to do it… This article shed some New Light on the subject… I learned something… I have to try this again! :)

I hope Y’all enjoy it as much as I did…

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"


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#1 posted 01-18-2016 12:07 AM

What to do with a chain once it is made?

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#2 posted 01-18-2016 12:44 AM

Jim Flinn

That’s the First Chain Saw, like that, I have ever seen! LOL

GOOD ONE!!

Will have to show this to KnotScott to help in his Chain Saw quest! LOL :)

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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#3 posted 01-18-2016 12:15 PM

Cool post Joe, looks fun

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#4 posted 01-18-2016 01:51 PM

Pretty cool Joe. Thnx for the link

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#5 posted 01-18-2016 09:13 PM

I should make a chainsaw like Jim Flinn posted. Thanks for the info Joe.

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

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#6 posted 01-18-2016 10:35 PM

doubleDD

Very good, Dave… I’m sure it will be sized to handle large Oak trees… Yes?! LOL

Don’t forget to keep us posted…

Thank you!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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#7 posted 02-15-2016 03:27 AM

I made one a while ago
Click for details: Wooden Chain

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#8 posted 02-16-2016 12:57 PM

Joe,

I don’t know if you will see it on my project or not but there was no glue involved in my chain. It was a single continuous piece of wood.

I used the scroll saw to cut out the waste in the sides of the plus shape and the small saw to cut out waste between the ends of the links.

-- Do or do not, there is no try!

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#9 posted 02-16-2016 07:46 PM



Joe,

I don t know if you will see it on my project or not but there was no glue involved in my chain. It was a single continuous piece of wood.

I used the scroll saw to cut out the waste in the sides of the plus shape and the small saw to cut out waste between the ends of the links.

- CoolDavion

Sorry, in pictures 3 & 5 it looked like the chain was broken… very deceiving, I guess…
I got the impression that the scroll saw was used because of the Small kerf…

Sorry…

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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#10 posted 02-16-2016 08:04 PM

I’ve never seen a need for a long wooden chain, but I do make short ones (two or three links) for use as keychains. They are fun to make, but do take quite a bit of time!

I’ve made them entirely with a knife before, but usually rough them out on either the scroll or band saw first. No glue involved here either – to me, that’s just cheating :)

Cheers,
Brad

PS: The axe in the photo was done in a similar fashion – rough out with a saw and finish with a knife.

-- Brad in FL - To be old and wise, you must first be young and stupid

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#11 posted 02-17-2016 03:23 AM


Sorry, in pictures 3 & 5 it looked like the chain was broken… very deceiving, I guess…
I got the impression that the scroll saw was used because of the Small kerf…

Sorry…

- Joe Lyddon


Joe, not a problem, I may not have been clear in my pictures of explanation.

The scroll saw was used to cut the excess material in the links in pic 3, 2 cuts to connect the two holes drilled in that plane of the plus. Once I removed the excess, the scroll saw was used to cut the ends of the links.
That left me with pieces that I had to cut by hand to separate the links.

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#12 posted 02-17-2016 05:34 PM

Very interesting approach…

I think I would enjoy the relaxation of just using a knife & doing it by hand, rounding off the parts in the process. :)
... me and the scroll saw don’t get along… :(

... but, I can see you Wanting to Try it… just to see if you could do it! :)
You did it!

Thank you.

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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