Practical Woodworking 101

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Project by TomFran posted 11-05-2010 08:41 PM 4406 views 0 times favorited 47 comments Add to Favorites Watch

In an effort to live within my means, I try to keep things working instead of throwing things out and buying new items.

The handles on our Crock Pot were made of plastic, and with use, they had cracked and could no longer be used. The appliance itself worked fine, but the handles were shot. My wife asked me if I could fix the handles, and so my woodworking skills were called into play. In the first picture, you can see some simple handles that I crafted out of some scrap mahogany.

The next group of pictures are of a nice piece of Samsonite luggage that was wrecked going through the airport system. They broke one of the wheels off, and said they had no responsibility to replace it or even repair it.

So, again, the woodworking skills were called into action. In the pictures, you can see the solid maple legs I made to replace the wheels that were on it. I tried to purchase a replacement wheel from Samsonite, but they did not stock any for my piece of luggage. Hopefully, these can make it through the luggage handling system a few more times.

These are just a couple of ways that having a little skill in woodworking can save you a few bucks and challenge your ingenuity.

Thanks for looking!

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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#1 posted 11-05-2010 08:45 PM

Clever work.

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#2 posted 11-05-2010 08:50 PM

Great job, Tom.

Good to see you posting.


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#3 posted 11-05-2010 08:58 PM

Great woodworking!!!

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#4 posted 11-05-2010 08:59 PM

Where there’s a will, there’s a way. Nice saves.

-- Gary; Marysville, MI...Involve your children in your projects as much as possible, the return is priceless.

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#5 posted 11-05-2010 09:11 PM

Great work!!! That is really recycling at it’s best!

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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#6 posted 11-05-2010 09:13 PM

Thanks guys and gals. It doesn’t have much artistic value, but it helps the family budget.

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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#7 posted 11-05-2010 09:16 PM

Cool, the wheels look stock with the paint job.

-- If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail!

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#8 posted 11-05-2010 09:45 PM

It can be challenging sometimes, but most of the time it CAN be done. Nice job. ;)

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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#9 posted 11-05-2010 09:47 PM

Nice work on the crock pot handles. How did you attach them to the crock pot anyway?

-- Bill, Turlock California,

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#10 posted 11-05-2010 09:47 PM

Sometimes you just gotta do what you gotta do…

Do you have a lathe? Take some of that mahogany scrap if you have any more, and spin up a replacement knob for that crock pot. That would look fantastic…

Actually come to think of it, I’d love to see more detail on those handles. Like did you put a finger recess on the bottom side?

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#11 posted 11-05-2010 09:53 PM


No, I don’t have a lathe any longer. I used to have one, but I sold it before I moved to my present location, and I just don’t have the room for one presently.

I didn’t put any recesses on the bottom of the handles either. I just wanted a semi-decent looking handle to facilitate its continued usefulness.

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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#12 posted 11-05-2010 09:55 PM


The aluminum inner lining of the crock pot can be removed, which gives access to the (2) screws on each side for the handles. There is one nut on the bottom of the unit, which when removed, gives you access.

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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#13 posted 11-05-2010 09:59 PM


Both look better and I am sure much more sturdy than the originals. Great job, will have to remember when ours break….

-- Max "Desperado", Salt Lake City, UT

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#14 posted 11-05-2010 10:16 PM

Thanks, Max.

The last time I traveled, they “almost” broke it. This time, they finished it off. The piece of luggage was actually in good shape, except for the broken wheel. I started pricing out replacements and decided that I would try to come up with a fix. At the present time, I’ve got more “time” than I have disposable income. Like the saying goes, “Necessity is the Mother of invention.”

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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#15 posted 11-05-2010 10:45 PM

This is exactly my approach to keeping stuff going Tom! It’s how I was brought up.

-- Res severa verum gaudium - True pleasure is a serious business.

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