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PostPosted: Tue Oct 26, 2010 12:29 am 
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Don't know how many of you do croche but this is a little project I tackled today for Robbie:

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She's starting to have problems with arthritis in her hands but has recently become immersed in croche. Croche hooks are too small for her to hold in comfort so she asked me to make some 'handles'. This is a first off attempt. I think it should be tapered more at the back end for comfort. It's a 4.5mm hook, the handle tapers from about 3/16" to 3/8". It's more a proof of concept than anything.

She's got a box of these things all in metric sizes. Delving into the collective wisdom of the group, I think I'll need a source for metric drills, long ones, long enough to drill a 3"+ deep hole. And in small sizes.

Oh, btw - the dog hair is there for scale.

BTW(2) Rosewood with beezwax finish.

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DENNIS S: Would it be possible to use a scratch stock to fab a groove in each half of a square blank? Using a paper joint to attach the two halves for the turning operation then separating and using epoxy rejoin the halves with the crochet hooks in place would give you a completed hook ready for finish.

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newtooth wrote:
... a scratch stock to fab a groove in each half of a square blank?...


I had indeed thought about grooving two halves together like you describe but was stuck on what to use for a tool. A scratch stock!

Brilliant!!

I found, however, that since I don't have pin jaws for either of my scroll chucks, I have reasonable success chucking the hook end in a jacob's chuck after it's secured in the handle. A light pressure from the tail stock and equally light touch with the cutting tool all but assures me of a concentric handle to the embedded hook.

I'll definitely try out using a scratch stock. Thanks for the brain thump.

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Great idea Dennis. Can't wait to see some of what you come up with now that the concept is proofed out. 8)

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Looks great.

As to thoughts on how to do the rest; instead of using the exact drill size, over size it slightly, pour some epoxy in the hole then stick in the hook.

It would take a small amount of epoxy to hold the hook and unless she is using it to pry open cans, it should hold.

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That's kinda what I did, Jeff - drill a slightly oversized hole and used epoxy to fill the gap around the hook. That's mainly why I chose to chuck the hook end in a jacob's chuck since there wasn't much chance of the hook and the rough handle being on the same axis. It took only light pressure from a small cup center along with, as I say, a very delicate approach to roughing down the blank.

I found quite early that that small a hole, that deep, in oily wood requires a very slow drill speed & feed and keeping the bit free of chips. I can imagine it was the bow drill that helped mankind to discover how to create fire.

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