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Forum topic by amfmnsam posted 03-25-2009 07:43 PM 975 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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amfmnsam

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03-25-2009 07:43 PM

A charity auction is coming up and I have a bunch of scraps of old church pews that have a sentimental value to a lot of people. Scrollsawn ornaments went for over $50 last year. I have the idea to make a rosary and need a handy way to fashion a 100 or so beads from 80 year old oak. Tools available are tablesaw, bandsaw, scrollsaw, routertable, drill press, belt sander, NO LATHE. Beads would be optimally 1/4”- 3/8” diameter. Have several ideas and jigs in mind, but thought I’d see if this wheel had been invented before. If the technique is efficient, there will be more than one made.

-- Keeping my fingers attached so I can stroke my wife's hair and hold my daughter's hand


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#1 posted 04-02-2009 06:22 AM

I have not tried this so don’t take this on faith but with a healthy dose of skepticism. Run pieces through router table with a cove bit or bead bit to get to appropriately sized dowel. Chuck up the dowel in the drill press and shape beads out of the dowels. Lightly sand and drill the center hole. I think this would work but would be very tedious and take forever.

-- Gary D. Stoughton, WI

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#2 posted 04-02-2009 02:12 PM

Thanks for the idea. Another forum gave me the concept of tumbling cubes in a bottomless box riding atop my belt sander. It sort of worked. Next will be octagonal sticks, cut into chunks and tumbled. It took over an hour for the cubes to look beadlike, but I was off doing something else for that time. And the drilling needs more preparation/jig making. Second batch were 1/4” cubes, which ended up too small for my purposes.

-- Keeping my fingers attached so I can stroke my wife's hair and hold my daughter's hand

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