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Forum topic by Glen Peterson posted 06-07-2014 05:14 PM 870 views 1 time favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Glen Peterson

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06-07-2014 05:14 PM

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I recently made a what will become a jewelry case that included 16 small drawers. Each drawer has an ebony know that began as a 3/8” x3/8” cylinder with a 3/16” tenon. A Jacobs chuck in the headstock was used to hold the knobs for turning. While woking on the first knob I realized that the situation was quite dangerous as my spindle gouge had to just about touch the tips of the chuck. I wanted to put something between the tips of the jaws around the tenon as a safety device. I fist thought of using thin plywood, but even the thinnest plywood would be too think and I wouldn’t have enough of the tenon left for the jaws to grasp. I got lucky, I keep all my old hotel key cars and all the other plastic cards I use to spread glue. I realized the plastic would be both strong enough and thin enough to be may safety shield. I’m sure others have thought of this before, but I thought it was very clever.

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-- Glen

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#1 posted 06-07-2014 06:41 PM

Glen, this is a very creative solution for a dangerous job. Thanks for sharing.

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#2 posted 06-08-2014 07:25 PM

Great idea. I’ve used thin ply but as you say, sometimes it’s still too thick.


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#3 posted 06-08-2014 07:44 PM

That is one worth remembering!

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#4 posted 06-09-2014 12:49 PM

Cool idea, Thanks!

Those are some AWESOME dovetails on your project!

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#5 posted 06-09-2014 10:22 PM

Really clever, will keep that in the back of my head.
Beautiful knob.
Best thoughts,

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

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