Letter Openers

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Project by Jim Jakosh posted 11-08-2019 03:45 PM 726 views 3 times favorited 24 comments Add to Favorites Watch

These are 2 walnut letter openers I made for the craft show tomorrow. A customer ordered one last week and she wanted it to be made of solid wood and have a sharp edge. I made an extra one so she has a choice.

These are 3/4” wide at the handle and 10” long. The cutting edges were hardened with CA glue. They are finished with Danish oil and then buffed and waxed.

Cheers, Jim

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

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#1 posted 11-08-2019 03:56 PM

Very sharp looking letter openers Jim! ...... no pun here! LOL!

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

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#2 posted 11-08-2019 04:12 PM

I am kind of surprised there are still customers for letter openers. I showed a special teacher how to use a rasp and file so her young student could make one for his parents as a present. They both were pleased with the outcome. Good idea about the CA

-- jstegall

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#3 posted 11-08-2019 04:55 PM

pretty neat Jim -

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#4 posted 11-08-2019 07:44 PM

Very cool tool, you made it so well…nice and smooth!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#5 posted 11-08-2019 09:03 PM

Nicely made Jim, letter opener sales are few and far between at the craft market here.

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

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#6 posted 11-08-2019 09:18 PM

Pretty slick Jim…I still gets ton of junk mail with the occasional actual important letter thrown in so something like this would be nice to have.

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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#7 posted 11-08-2019 10:41 PM

Very COOL letter openers…

She WILL like them!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:

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#8 posted 11-08-2019 10:46 PM

nice openers. I am getting geared up to post. No snow yet but winter is coming.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#9 posted 11-08-2019 11:01 PM

Thank you all for the nice comments. I have node a letter opener in 10 years. I sure hope she shows up tomorrow. I did not put my name on them in case she uses it for a weapon!!. She said to be sure it was real sharp!!

Hi John. I used 2 belt sander for almost the work on these.

Hi Brian, you must be near the coast if you don’t have snow yet. In the lower peninsula of Michigan they have over 8” already.

Cheers, Jim

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

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#10 posted 11-09-2019 12:42 AM

Great idea. I would never have though of making one out of wood. Must try it.
The CA glue was also clever.
I still get snail mail. I don’t trust companies automatically taking $ from my account.

-- James E McIntyre

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#11 posted 11-09-2019 03:06 AM

These looks like a really cool project Jim. Nice work. I like the hardened glue idea. Make sure to wipe your finger prints off in case she uses it on her husband.

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

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#12 posted 11-09-2019 07:39 AM

looking good Jim,

Love the dark colour.


-- 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 11-09-2019 01:40 PM

PROBABLY works better then my finger lol GREAT JOB :<))

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN :<))

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#14 posted 11-09-2019 01:52 PM

THose are really nice! Hope she buys them both!

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

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#15 posted 11-09-2019 03:17 PM

WhooHoo, no more paper cuts! 8^)

Great work Jim, very unique “shivs” without a scrap of metal, you’ll make the TSA very nervous!

Is that walnut?

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