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Forum topic by vipond33 posted 06-30-2012 11:43 PM 2129 views 3 times favorited 27 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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vipond33

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06-30-2012 11:43 PM

I’m sure that most of us here have made small things in wood that just might not qualify as a full blown project (and it would be a bit of horror if you bumped a gorgeous Maloof rocker off the top spot) yet nonetheless are perfectly functional and perhaps quite beautiful too. All are welcome to the pleasure of small things. Snap a pic, write it up, comments are always good. Let’s see your stuff.

I’ll kick it off with two. This little device in Red Gum does only one thing. It tightens the huge ring-nut in my lighting reflector. Way down where you fingers simply cannot go.

The other one is a shift and brake cable separator at the front of my Vitus road bike. Walnut and aluminum. It keeps the polished head tube from getting scratched.

gene

-- gene@toronto.ontario.canada : dovetail free since '53, critiques always welcome.


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Karson

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#1 posted 07-01-2012 12:40 AM

A couple of great functional items.

-- 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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#2 posted 07-01-2012 03:47 AM

Gene,

This doesn’t look like much, but it is a wooden teabag.


I keep them in their own little box with spacers that represent dividers inside a tea box. If I take a couple of scraps from the board I am planning to use for the sides and then stack these wooden teabags, the spacers, and add a little space to let the chain drop in the box between the two scraps on the end, I can measure to know just how long I need to make the teabox. No math just a direct measurement. I use them again when I am ready to lay out and cut the actual the dividers. It saves me oodles of time and makes teaboxes easy to make.

-- Big Al in IN

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DKV

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#3 posted 07-01-2012 05:50 AM

Most LJs have made one of these.

-- My bad, 2015 is the correct year...

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#4 posted 07-01-2012 06:11 AM

DKV i aint made one .what is it.

-- Jesus Is Alright with me

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DKV

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#5 posted 07-01-2012 06:13 AM

Dovetail marker.

-- My bad, 2015 is the correct year...

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vipond33

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#6 posted 07-01-2012 09:54 AM

Al: Nothing simpler than a block of wood. You’ve gone the extra mile – sanded and finished too.
DKV: You know you’re barking up the wrong tree with one of those for me!
gene

-- gene@toronto.ontario.canada : dovetail free since '53, critiques always welcome.

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mafe

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#7 posted 07-01-2012 10:45 AM

Don’t know if it’s a project, but I cut these one day I was bored.

No they are not doves, so no dovetails…

Best thoughts,
Mads

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#8 posted 07-01-2012 12:33 PM

Hinges made of oak using a box joint jig. 4” across.

-- In God We Trust

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vipond33

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#9 posted 07-01-2012 01:02 PM

Mafe: Yuk, Yuk. Quack, Quack?
Jim: Those are massive, looks like you could hold a dining table leaf with them.

-- gene@toronto.ontario.canada : dovetail free since '53, critiques always welcome.

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Clint Searl

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#10 posted 07-01-2012 01:16 PM

After 30+ years, my pocket knife needed new scales. These are from a scrap of zircote showing both sap and heartwood.

-- Clint Searl....Ya can no more do what ya don't know how than ya can git back from where ya ain't been

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vipond33

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#11 posted 07-01-2012 01:32 PM

Clint: Very, very nice. I do scales on all my knives (about 12). They’re fun but tough to do accurately. Is that an Seki Al Mar? Beauty.
gene

-- gene@toronto.ontario.canada : dovetail free since '53, critiques always welcome.

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Clint Searl

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#12 posted 07-01-2012 02:33 PM

Gene, it is an Al Mar. Great little knife, but the lock back mechanism got too stiff to use, so now it’s my desk accessory. These are the only scales I’ve done, and they were a challenge because of the small size and pin placement. In retrospect, I should have done a book match.

-- Clint Searl....Ya can no more do what ya don't know how than ya can git back from where ya ain't been

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#13 posted 07-01-2012 05:30 PM

My old motorcycle broke the key lights and did not want to go buy a new …
The horrible screw was faster and more secure place. It lasted at least 2 years, and had lasted longer, but I changed my motorcycle …
Dimensions: 5mm x 5mm x 4mm (approximately).
Time: 2 minutes for sanding and 30 minutes for placing.

-- Our lives are marked and bound together by concentric rings. Martín - Argentina

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KnickKnack

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#14 posted 07-01-2012 05:44 PM

I made this “travelling ash tray” a few years ago – it’s about an inch and change in all directions…

-- "Do not speak – unless it improves on silence." --- "Following the rules and protecting the regulations is binding oneself without rope."

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Doe

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#15 posted 07-01-2012 09:11 PM

I have a bevel gauge for turning tools that would keep vibrating off my rickety grinder stand (now replaced). It has a hole in the center so I turned a knob and added a magnet. If I had known, I would have done something a bit fancier and with a nice finish.


(Sorry about the pictures—it’s the first time I did this)

-- Mother Nature talks, I try to listen

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