7 Shoe Horns

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These are more stock for the July Craft Show.
They are made with 5 different woods.
From Left to right : Rosewood( my favorite), Chestnut, Maple, Box Elder and 3 Mesquite. They are made with kits from Penn State with brass ferrules I made for the bottom to reinforce the wood around that end bushing.
The plans call for 8” long wood pieces, but I think these are much more handy with 21” wood pieces.

They are finished with EEE, Shine Juice and then buffed on the Beall wheels.

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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Joe Lyddon

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#1 posted 06-19-2015 12:40 AM

Quite a Roundup!

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#2 posted 06-19-2015 01:19 AM

Nice one Jim, hey I think it would have been a youngun who said 8”, you wait till they’re our age & it will then be your 21”, these look like the same kit I use for gifts as well :)
As a matter of interest what sort of price do you put on these Jim?

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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Jim Jakosh

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#3 posted 06-19-2015 01:50 AM

Thanks Joe and Pete. The last time I made batch, most of them were gifts and I sold a few real fast.
I used a steady rest on these with a banjo on each side of it. I can’t imagine how I made the mesquite ones last winter that were 7” longer . I guess I had a lot of chatter to sand out.

Hi Pete. I already have one of these sold for $40. I use mine every day. I have this real old one in our closet that I made a handle for before I had a wood lathe. What a primitive pieces that is. I’m planning on making a Rosewood shaft for it on Friday It is chrome with a hinged horn. I’ll add it to this project when I get it done…the before and after pics!!

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#4 posted 06-19-2015 01:55 AM

Jim, those are really neat and good looking.
You’re right about the long handles, they come in very handy.
Good luck at the Craft sale.


-- Bob, Western Australia, The Sun came up this morning, what a great start to the day. Now it's up to me to make it even better. I've cut this piece of wood 4 times and it's still too damn short.

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#5 posted 06-19-2015 02:34 AM

Thanks, Bob. If I find a product that I use a lot, I make more of ‘em because I’ll be others will like them too. Now I have some spoons I’m making and I think I struck out on them. I don’t think I’ll even post them.

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#6 posted 06-19-2015 03:13 AM

Nice selection of shoehorns Jim. I’m lucky not to be in need yet, but for some reason I remember using them a lot when I was in my teens. Maybe the shoes where just to tight. I like the tones on the Mesquite.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#7 posted 06-19-2015 03:26 AM

You are right on the measure Jim
Twenty one inches should be just right and as good looking as they are they should sell quickly .


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#8 posted 06-19-2015 04:28 AM

I wouldn’t hasitate to by one. They look excellent, I don’t know which one is more beautiful.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#9 posted 06-19-2015 06:51 AM

Hi buddy,centipede have at home?
nice job,and you know-as longer the better…lol

-- bambi

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#10 posted 06-19-2015 10:32 AM

Hi Jim. All the Timber is beautiful, but I do agree with you in that the Rosewood is also my favourite. I am sitting at the computer and holding a standard 12 inch ruler as though I was putting on a pair of shoes with a shoe horn and it is clear that the 21 inch length would be ideal.
Jim pardon me for not quite understanding, but I was trying to work out what the part that the foot slides on is made of and how far into the handle it is inserted. Also you mentioned a kit?

Those Brass ferrules look great, puts a nice finishing touch…..the hangup loops are a good idea. are they made of a braid? Good Project and clever turning.



-- Cliff Australia : Snoring is good. It blows away all the Sawdust.

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#11 posted 06-19-2015 10:48 AM

Very nice Jim. Last year I looked around for quite a while and couldn’t find a long shoehorn for myself. Ended up buying one of the standard stamped steel ones at WallyWorld with intentions of making a handle.

Yours look like they have a small end that is inserted into the wood handle? Do you make your own horns? Or are you cutting down the stamped ones?

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#12 posted 06-19-2015 12:35 PM

Dave, these are very nice! Good job and good luck at the craft show!

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way that says "I meant to do that".

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#13 posted 06-19-2015 01:48 PM

Thanks Dave, Klaus, Ivan,Bambi, Cliff , Joe and Jeff!!!

Hi Dave. I like the contrast in the Mesquite too. The yellow is the sap wood. I had one more shaft of mesquite cut- the one where the bug was in it making a pile of yellow dust each day. By the time I turned him out, the diameter got under 3/4”, so it will be something else some day.

Hi Bambi. you’d think I had a centipede needing all those shoe horns!!

Hi Cliff . The part that fits in the shoe is solid brass. I buy these kits at Penn State. I took some pictures to explain it better.

The kit itself look like this. I drill a .332” hole in one end and epoxy in the insert and use that for the center to turn on. I make the extra brass ferrules on the metal lathe and then I turn down the shaft for them to fit on. I epoxy the ferrule on and then turn the shaft to match that taper. I’d say I have about 3 hours in each one of these.

Hi Joe. I think this shows what you asked. Last winter I made 2 shoehorns without any kit. They were turned shafts and I carved the horn part. I use one like that in Az and it holds up very well…. and it does not cost anything.

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#14 posted 06-19-2015 01:52 PM

These are very nice, Jim. Is there anything that you don’t make?

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#15 posted 06-19-2015 02:57 PM

Very nice. I use one all the time but it is no were near as pretty (mine is a cheap commercial one). I’m thinking maybe I should make a pretty one. One thing mine does has that I wish came with the kit is one end is the shoe horn the other end is a back scratcher. I use both ends often…

-- “We all die. The goal isn't to live forever; the goal is to create something that will.” - Chuck Palahniuk

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