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Seam Rippers For My Sister And Mom

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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Then mounted the blank and bushing to the pen mandrel.

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Then the assembly on to the lathe

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Rounded the blank with a roughing gouge

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Shaped with the skew

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

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Then about 40 layers of thin CA-

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Assembled the parts with my shop made pen press

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One gold and one silver

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



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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....

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

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