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Aug 19th, 2005 at 12:39am
 
Hey gang,

the bracelet tutorial is online in the projects area:

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I must say there are some pretty good photos with this article...  Wink  I think I am getting the hang of this.
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Reply #1 - Aug 19th, 2005 at 1:48am
 
Nice Job, Chris, I will try it when I get some time.
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Reply #2 - Aug 19th, 2005 at 2:54am
 
I tried doing a quick one just now and had so so results.  I had a problem like Chris did and my small Delta set parting tool tip snapped off didn't have quite the calamity Chris did but I will need to regrind the tip.  I lost about one inch of it.  The bracelet  isn't real great but then I didn't really put a lot of effort into it.  Good experinment though and my daughter wil love it.
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Reply #3 - Aug 19th, 2005 at 5:26am
 
Nice pics indeed, Chris, and a very well laid out process.

Here's something you might want to edit:

' (The parting tool I am using is part of the Delta micro tools set, 1 1/16" thick x 1/4" wide blade)'

That's a pretty thick parting tool.   Wink
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Reply #4 - Aug 19th, 2005 at 7:19am
 
Chris, thank you very much. Easy to follow.
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Reply #5 - Aug 19th, 2005 at 8:16am
 
Thanks guys, and thanks for the catch/edit Rick, I'll fix that now.
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Reply #6 - Aug 20th, 2005 at 1:39am
 
 Another idea for cutting the round blanks is to use a circle cutter.  I just thought of that tonight and am gonna try it later today.  You can if you are careful cut both inner and outer diameters.  Here is a thought, has anyone ever used a circle cutter mounted in a tailstock.  You know what I mean right? the drill chuck on a morse taper.  Has anyone ever tried it?  
 Doug, you want to give it a try when you come by later today?  Maybe we can make one up for your wife and see how it works.  
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Reply #7 - Aug 21st, 2005 at 12:58am
 
 Well, I wasn't able to get it a full workout with the circle cutter yet.  I found a piece of old dogwood about the right size and using the circle cutter managed to cut about 1/2" into it before bottoming out on the cutter.  It did give me a good guide for cutting it out the rest of the way on the bandsaw and also gave me a good round surface on which to clamp the chuck jaws too (That was a big plus for me).  
 I am still curious to see if a circle cutter mounted in a tailstock chuck  (do they call them Jacobs chucks?) will work.  
 I will have to admit, these bracelets are making me real popular around my house with my two daughters  Grin which in turn makes the wife happy which in turn means she will let me turn more  Grin Grin.  
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Reply #8 - Aug 21st, 2005 at 7:04am
 
Sure, if they are made by the Jacobs Chuck Mfg. Co.
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Reply #9 - Sep 6th, 2005 at 8:10am
 
Chris,
  For your wooden jaws, what demensions did you use...I understand the diameter needs to match the jaws, but what about length?

Just curious, before I attempt a set.
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Reply #10 - Sep 6th, 2005 at 9:41am
 
The base plate is the same thickness as regular jaws, I believe 1/4", then there is 1 inch of transition, then the actual gripping part is about 1 1/4" or so.  Overall height of the jaws is about 2 1/2" finished, after truing and such.
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Reply #11 - Sep 6th, 2005 at 10:06am
 
Don't forget the 'step' about an inch from the base so the bracelets don't travel to the base of the jaws.  On mine, I made an extra little cove on the other side of where the bracelets rest, for extra access to that side for shaping and sanding.  That was for the 3/4" size, you could do the same for other sizes as well.
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Reply #12 - Sep 6th, 2005 at 10:41am
 
Cool, I have that rubberwood that should have enough diameter, I will have to check.
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Reply #13 - Sep 12th, 2005 at 11:59am
 
I just thought of what you can do with the cores...make a smaller set of jaws and do napkin rings.
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Reply #14 - Sep 12th, 2005 at 3:53pm
 
Or do what Chris is doing, making matching pendant necklaces.
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