Camp Fire fun, and Bookmarks!

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Project by dakremer posted 06-17-2011 06:45 AM 2521 views 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Just having some fun on the lathe. Trying out different handle ideas for the Hotdog/marsh-mellow sticks I made! Handles are just made from pine (I will probably make the real ones out of a hardwood – but these were just for practice) Not sure of the finish I will put on them. Probably just a couple coats of poly. I bent and welded and sharpened the steel as well.

The 3rd picture is some bookmark ideas I’m trying to work through. My fiance’s mom wanted me to make her a couple for her various bibles. These were not done by pattern, just free hand. Trying to get a feel for the right size, etc. The 4th picture is a pattern I made using Illustrator. If you would like this pattern let me know, and I can send you the PDF file via email, or download it from link below (Google Docs)

-- Hey you dang woodchucks, quit chucking my wood!!!!

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#1 posted 06-17-2011 10:43 AM

Pretty cool practice! Nice book mark as well. Hope school is going well!

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

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#2 posted 06-17-2011 02:26 PM

What type of wood will you use for the bookmarks? I would be concerned about splitting. How do you plan to combat that?

The hot dog sticks are making me hungry.


-- Hey, woodworking ain't brain surgery. Just do something and keep trying till you get it. Doc

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#3 posted 06-17-2011 04:09 PM

Doch, I’m going to use Walnut. My only thing combating splitting is the direction of the grain, and some poly finish. I have tried out my practice ones and they seem to be alright. Obviously you have to be careful/conscious when you use them, because they are fragile. But you can bend them enough to work without fear of splitting. One thing I’ve noticed with these practice ones is that the they cant come to a point. The point seems to want to rip a hole in the pages :) :) so rounded over is a definite necessity.

If they dont work. Well…..they took me 10 minutes to build. So no big deal :)

-- Hey you dang woodchucks, quit chucking my wood!!!!

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#4 posted 06-17-2011 04:11 PM

Hey Ken, School is going really well. I just finished up my 3rd Trimester. I am on a month long vacation. Which feels amazing. The first year of school was extremely tough! almost 100 credit hours in one year. Thank god its over

-- Hey you dang woodchucks, quit chucking my wood!!!!

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#5 posted 08-11-2011 05:14 AM

I love the roasting stick idea! Some comments though:

It’s my experience that camping tools get dirty, dropped, and generally messy, especially if you’re handling sticky roasted marshmallows or greasy hot dogs. And it’s hard to appreciate fine craftsmanship and beautiful wood at the time of day that people usually roast mallows. I would just go with the pine for these and save your nicer wood for a set of home grilling tools.

The metal rods are going to get hot. This would be a potential hazard for kids, or adults who may be impaired by late night camping beverages. And I hope that by sharpened you meant you rolled a nice blunt point on the end! Just concerned for your safety…

-- Andrew, Orange County, CA -

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#6 posted 08-11-2011 07:01 AM

Hey Transition. Yes it is not a sharp point. I rolled it to a point….but not a sharp one.

Unfortunately when you mix metal with fire….the metal gets hot, like all marshmallow forks. This is a chance the user is just going to have to take. Thanks for the comments!!

-- Hey you dang woodchucks, quit chucking my wood!!!!

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