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Fridgecritter

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295 days ago

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Hey all,

I have a few friends who want me to make them some crochet needles because the popular brand costs 60 to 70 bucks. The problem they typically have with the needles is the tip gets a burr in the laminated finish, and yarn starts to stick to it. I am solving that problem by pre-drilling the stock before turning it on the lathe, and I’m going to cut the tips off of aluminum needles and press them into the handle.

I want my needle handles to hold up for a long time, and I want them to have a hard like glass finish. Can anyone recommend a solution for finishing the wood on these handles? There’s no concern about the finish changing the gauge of the needles because that will be aluminum, and of course I will not be putting a finish on the aluminum needle tip. I will be using a variety of hardwoods for these handles. Thanks in advance.

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Nicky

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#1 posted 294 days ago

I’d think about an epoxy finish. CA glues will also give you a nice hard shiny finish.

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floyd1365

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#2 posted 294 days ago

I would whisker them twice and then burnish.

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Loren

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#3 posted 294 days ago

Fill the grain thoroughly. That’s essential to getting a glassy
finish. After than you might want to use spray can
gloss polyurethane. It goes on thin. You may want to
try dipping the handles in a brush on finish.

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Makarov

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#4 posted 294 days ago

My wife uses bamboo needles they come with no finish just develops a patina from the oil in the hands. A woodworker I spoke with once made hooks for his wife, he used a coat of blo then rubbed them well to remove excess and add a patina

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Jim Finn

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#5 posted 292 days ago

My wife crochets all day every day and uses $4 for a dozen crochet hooks. Some are Metal crochet hooks and cost $9 a dozen. Most expensive ones she has seen are $75 a Dozen.

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Fridgecritter

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#6 posted 292 days ago

Jim, your wife uses the simple metal hooks you can buy by the dozens in the store. That’s not what I’m talking about. What I am talking about is the needles that people who suffer from carpel tunnel syndrome use. They are made of wood, and are about 5.5 inches long, and turned on the lathe. The needlepoint is hand carved. You can see some of the ones I am talking about here:

http://furlscrochet.com/

and they cost anywhere from 40 bucks for the cheap plastic molded ones that break when you drop them, all the way up to 80 bucks for the exotic wood ones.

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Fridgecritter

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#7 posted 292 days ago

Actually, they even want you to pay for their catalog, so you can’t view them there. Go to their Facebook page here if you want to see some:

https://www.facebook.com/furlscrochet

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