Jump to content
Strawberry Orange Banana Lime Leaf Slate Sky Blueberry Grape Watermelon Chocolate Marble
Strawberry Orange Banana Lime Leaf Slate Sky Blueberry Grape Watermelon Chocolate Marble

Christmas 2016

Sign in to follow this  
  • entries
    4
  • comments
    25
  • views
    2,381

Seam Rippers For My Sister And Mom

lew

1,354 views

My Mom is 91 (this past Monday) and she still sews and makes clothes. I noticed she had an the same seam ripper for years so I thought I'd make her a new one for Christmas- but it turned out to be a birthday gift. However when making one it's just as easy to make two so the other one will be for my sister for Christmas. 

 

I bought the kits from Craft Supplies because I needed some other stuff that I can only find at their site. Making the rippers is pretty straight forward, especially if you turn pens.  I had some walnut pen blanks I found in a box of scraps. Drilled them with the proper sized bit using the lathe. One trick when drilling pen blanks is to not drill the hole completely thru the blank. Using a brad point bit will have the point punch thru before the bit actually exits the blank. This process keeps the blank from being blown out when the bit would exit. 

IMG_5983.JPG

 

 

Once the brass tube is glued into place, the end of the blank can be trimmed near the tube- I trimmed mine on the band saw. Then used the sanding center to bring the wooden blank flush with the brass tube on each end.

IMG_5985.JPG

 

IMG_5987.JPG

 

I planned on doing a CA finish on these. To keep the CA from gluing the bushings to the blank/tubing I apply a coating of bumble bee butter to the bushings.

IMG_5990.JPG

 

Then mounted the blank and bushing to the pen mandrel.

IMG_5988.JPG

 

 

Then the assembly on to the lathe

IMG_5989.JPG

 

Rounded the blank with a roughing gouge

IMG_5991.JPG

 

Shaped with the skew

IMG_5992.JPG

 

 

Sanded the blank to 400 with Abranet mesh to 400 and finished off with Abralon pads to 4000. Applied some sanding sealer.

IMG_5993.JPG

 

Then about 40 layers of thin CA-

IMG_5994.JPG

 

Assembled the parts with my shop made pen press

IMG_5996.JPG

 

IMG_5997.JPG

 

One gold and one silver

IMG_6000.JPG

 

IMG_6002.JPG

 

I still have a bunch of wooden scoops to turn for the nurses at my doctor's office and a few other people.



8 Comments


Recommended Comments

11 hours ago, p_toad said:

Those are nice.   I found a stone (in white arkansas) years ago in this shape and found it to be perfect for sharpening the little cutting edge on a ripper....

sharpening stone.jpg

Thanks!, I may need to get one of these!

Share this comment


Link to comment

Lew, I just today started looking through the blogs, and I started with your seam ripper.  Those turned out really nice.  I do have a couple of questions though.  I googled bumble bee butter and got a page of listings talking about snakes.  So what is bumble bee butter?  Also, I was really interested in your shop made pen press, so would it be appropriate to ask about the plans for it?  If you consider something like that to be your personal intellectual property and don't wish to share it, I totally understand that and I  won't be offended at all. 

Share this comment


Link to comment
3 hours ago, PostalTom said:

So what is bumble bee butter?

:lol: It was just a made up name for a mixture of beeswax and mineral oil (4:1 oil/wax). Heated in the microwave until the wax melts. Stir, let cool and use it as a finish or to lub screws or to wax tools.

 

As far as the pen press, I stole the idea from a YouTube video and made some adaptations. In the video the press is around 4:58 minutes. I can take more pix and measurement if you want.

 

 

Edited by lew

Share this comment


Link to comment
Guest
Add a comment...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Restore formatting

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

×
×
  • Create New...