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Forum topic by Raftermonkey posted 11-02-2010 09:32 PM 786 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Raftermonkey

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11-02-2010 09:32 PM

Topic tags/keywords: key chain resource tip question lathe turning

Hey everybody, I need a little help here locating some things. I recently turned a key chain for my girlfriend and well, it just looks unfinished and not very professionally made. (i’m no professional, so that could be part of it). The one I made is just a simple piece of spalted maple turned into a solid cylinder shape about two inches long. I then drilled a hole through the side of it at the top and put it on a basic key ring. I would like to make it more finished looking like the one I posted. I am having trouble finding the “cap” pieces. I don’t really want a tube going through the middle of my piece because well, I don’t have a drill press or anything to hollow it with my lathe. I just want small caps that I can turn the piece to the thickness needed and CA glue it on. For the top piece, I think I could get a small hole started and screw it in. Anybody got any ideas as to where I might be able to find this or a good looking substitute to make my key chains look more finished? Sorry, you may have to break out the magnifying glass to see the picture.

-- -Zeke- "I hate to rush off, but I gotta go see a man about a log"


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rance

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#1 posted 11-02-2010 09:51 PM

A corded drill will work fine for drilling out a key chain blank. Could you post a pic of your unsatisfactory one so we could better help? :) One thing you might try is to drill the sideways hole BEFORE you turn the blank. Then fill the hole with a soft dowel. THEN turn it to your desired shape. Lastly, remove the dowel & apply your finish.

Edit: You might also try renaming this post to something more descriptive about your question like “Help me with my keychain please”. :)

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

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#2 posted 11-02-2010 09:53 PM

I’ll try to post a pic when she gets off work.

-- -Zeke- "I hate to rush off, but I gotta go see a man about a log"

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#3 posted 11-08-2010 06:09 AM

Zeke, sometimes you can find keychains from HF and the dollar store that you can disassemble and use those hardware pieces.

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

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