Archive for the ‘Quilting and Sewing’ Category


This Bowl Has A Magnetic Personality!

May also be viewed on YouTube. At my wife’s request, I turned this magnetic pin bowl. It looks simple but figuring out how to embed a magnet and still have enough magnetic force was a brain teaser. The bowl is walnut finished with friction polish. It uses a segmented approach with four rings of twelve […]

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Turn A Seam Ripper For Quilting and Sewing

February, at the Desert Woodturning Roundup, I met Wayne Wolfe. He showed me pictures of several quilt and sewing tools that he has woodturning. My wife said she wanted one – so off I go. For the hardware, I purchased a seam ripper at a fabric store and discarded its lid. The wood is a […]

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Faceplates and Drill Press Jig for Handcrafted Wood Buttons

When Jari Hirvonen from Finland, asked how to make wood buttons, I had to pause and reflect, “What could be so hard about a wooden button?” The challenge is not in the individual buttons but in making them consistent with each other in pattern, hole positioning, and diameter. Very different from a one-off turning or […]

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Handcrafted Wood Buttons For A Coat or Jacket

Recently a viewer, Jari Hirvonen from Finland, asked how to make wood buttons. Hmmm. Buttons need to be all the same size and same decorations. They’re also small and have those four closely spaced holes in the middle. After some research, I made a drill press jig to conquer the drilling problem. My blanks then […]

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