Mulberry Shoe Horn

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Project by Jim Jakosh posted 12-11-2017 02:25 PM 1166 views 3 times favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a gift for Roger the electrical inspector I met when he inspected my solar panel wiring. He brought me over a mulberry log and I told him I’d make him something out of it rather turn it into fire wood like the rest of the tree. I have a bowl roughed out for his wife that won’t get finished until spring. The tree was cut down a year ago and it still pretty wet as you can see from the fuzz on the shoehorn blank .

I speed dried it and finished it with Danish oil and clear lacquer.

I added some process shots to show how I make them and keep them looking the same.

I rough all the blanks to be round and about the same diameter all along the length.
I drill a hole in the end and epoxy in the threaded sleeve from the kit.
I use that sleeve for the center and turn the end to fit the ferrule that I make for them,
I use a story stick to mark the locations of the diameters and then use a parting tool to set each diameter as shown in the 5th photo. The wet wood fuzzed a lot.
When I use the steady rest, I have a banjo on both sides so I can finish the whole part without having to move the banjo around the steady rest.

Cheers, Jim

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

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#1 posted 12-11-2017 02:41 PM

I’m more interested here in a way you made it on you lathe with accessories. Nice work.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#2 posted 12-11-2017 03:45 PM

Enjoyed the process pictures, now I know how you made the one I use every day. Thanks again so much. Wish I would have had more time to spend with you, maybe some of that brain power would have rubbed of on me. You do some very interesting things that requires allot of planning, research etc and skill. Like that magnet motor etc. slo many other things, it overloaded my brain the many things you do.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#3 posted 12-11-2017 03:49 PM

Great job, cool gift idea.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#4 posted 12-11-2017 03:56 PM

Good looking Shoe Horn Jim! Nice Work!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#5 posted 12-11-2017 04:12 PM

Yea, I’d saw that was a little wet. At least it didn’t split. Nice work Jim.

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

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#6 posted 12-11-2017 06:12 PM

That’ll surely be appreciated!

I like the story stick you used.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#7 posted 12-11-2017 06:15 PM

Looks very refined Jim!

Think about an interchangeable head. If you are at the point in life that you need a long handled show horn, you probably have an area or two that you can’t reach to scratch an itch. Even double ended, shoe horn/back scratcher

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#8 posted 12-11-2017 06:38 PM

Never heard of the word story stick, so descriptive.

Thank you for sharing this shoe horn.

-- Jan, Free State Province, South Africa

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#9 posted 12-11-2017 07:17 PM

You did a nice job on this shoe horn.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#10 posted 12-11-2017 07:59 PM

Great job buddy

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#11 posted 12-11-2017 08:49 PM

Very nice Jim, always good to make tradesmen a gift, seems to get better service.

-- Bob C, Australia. Your best teacher is your last mistake.

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#12 posted 12-12-2017 12:18 AM

Looking good Man!

-- 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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#13 posted 12-12-2017 01:46 AM

Thanks for all the nice comments. I took it over to Roger tonight and he loved it. Got rid of his plastic one!!

Hi Brian, I wished we lived closer to each other so we could trade ideas over coffee every week!! I turned another piece of that cedar tonight and I’ll post it by the weekend, I hope….but Danish oil takes 3 days to dry!!

Hi Lew and Jan. I think they are really called story boards but mine is just s stick of plywood so I called it a stick. It sure helps to duplicate pieces. I had the camera in the barn so I thought I’d share some process shots.

Hi Bruce. I bought a back scratcher kit and made a handle for it, but it does interchange withe shoe horn ( 1/4-20 thread ).

cheers, Jim

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

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#14 posted 12-12-2017 02:00 AM

Nicely done Jim, Bet Roger is going to be happy with this one, & a bowl to boot for his wife later :)

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

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#15 posted 12-12-2017 05:08 AM

Thanks, Pete. He love it!!

cheers, Jim

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

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