A plethora of buttons

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Project by YorkshireStewart posted 01-11-2012 10:04 PM 2238 views 11 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Mrs YS is a really keen knitter & a couple of years ago I made her a ‘giant’ button to attach to a knitted hat. Through her network of knitting friends, more requests came in for similar ones & I eventually started listing some on a UK crafts selling site, along with some other wares. The bit of income keeps me in glue and abrasives!

The photographs show just a few of the many buttons I have turned out. The first one is one of the biggest I did. It’s about 12” diameter and went tothe USA to be used, I believe, as a decorative wall hanging.

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

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#1 posted 01-11-2012 10:09 PM

Huh. Who wood’a thought?
That’s a new one one me. They look pretty cool though.
Nice selection of woods too.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#2 posted 01-11-2012 10:21 PM

Neat, like Steve, I would have never thought of making wooden buttons. Goes to show you, for every idea there is a buyer out there somewhere.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#3 posted 01-11-2012 10:22 PM

You are a button making madman!

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#4 posted 01-11-2012 10:22 PM

I’ve got a headache just thinking about working in such small dimensions!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#5 posted 01-11-2012 10:41 PM

You did good nice work.


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#6 posted 01-11-2012 10:54 PM

You just opened a can of worms for me Stewart:-) I was just checking some of my wood in the shop for turning,
These are great especially the spalded, great work friend!

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#7 posted 01-11-2012 10:58 PM

Nice Steve. No troubled glueups. What else could one ask?

Is Mrs YS willing wood needles as well?

-- Back home. Fernando

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#8 posted 01-11-2012 11:03 PM

Great Idea Stewart and very well done too. It’s nice when that you and your wife’s hoboes converge a little.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#9 posted 01-11-2012 11:05 PM

Neat! I’d be interested in how you make them.



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#10 posted 01-12-2012 12:46 AM

hmm.. and a friend asked me to make some once upon a time. these look great!

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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#11 posted 01-12-2012 01:44 AM


Those buttons are so cool. Nice job. It would take a Paul Bunion sized shirt to hold a row of those buttons.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#12 posted 01-12-2012 02:48 AM

Nice work Stewart. One could get well buttoned up with these! Love ‘em! RH

-- Author of POWER CARVING BOOTS & SHOES - Schiffer Publishing. Available online or your favourite bookstore.

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#13 posted 01-12-2012 08:42 PM

awesome—Can you make zippers too?


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#14 posted 01-13-2012 12:03 AM

Thanks Jocks! CharlieM1958 – they do go spinning off into the dark corners of the workshop at times when I’m giving a last buffing!

Fernandoindia I have done short ‘cable’ needles for her. They’re only around four inches long so quite easy. conventional needle need to be precision made. I’ve yet to find a technique for a needle 14” long x 1/8”! See here

Kent Zippers? Mmmm not yet!

RussinMichigan – I’ll try to take some pictures of my process in the near future.

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

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#15 posted 01-13-2012 07:39 PM

RussinMichigan and B13This will take you to a blog on the process

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

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