Fun with Shift Knobs

Discussion in 'The Brush' started by TestDepth, Feb 18, 2018.

  1. Sara-s

    Sara-s This Pun for Hire

    Do you know how to do woodburning? Burning in the lines you already made, could really make the image stand out.
     
  2. TestDepth

    TestDepth Well-Known Member

    I may try and give this a shot, and weirdly I think I have a wood burning tool... though I never have used it :). Thank you for this idea!!!
     
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  3. Sara-s

    Sara-s This Pun for Hire

    If you haven’t used it before, I suggest practicing on some scrap wood, before you do the shave brush handle.
     
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  4. TestDepth

    TestDepth Well-Known Member

    So I took the @Sara-s suggestion and have been practicing my wood-burning... okay, I am not sure what I was really doing, but I did make smoke! ;)
    I had fun (thank you Sara!) and I did learn that this is a much better way to make my lines than with a dental pick or rotary tool.
    Once I tried it out on the shift knob, I was both burning out the old epoxy and the wood so it looked weird. So late last night I did go back and “surgically” fill the area with a carbon black powder & epoxy.
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    A winning industrial arts project it is not... but it works for what I need.
     
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  5. TestDepth

    TestDepth Well-Known Member

    I also bored out the hole for the knot and removed some metal from the underside so I could place the emblem. Here are some mock up pics:
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    And the emblem work:
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    And
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    Still got some work but I think this will come together.
    Tom.
     
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  6. PickledNorthern

    PickledNorthern Fabulous, the unicorn

    Actually, and I suppose it it sort of a back handed compliment, but I think it looks fantastic in a rustic and worn sort of way. It is pretty basic, but it looks good, and looks like it was done on purpose. Good job!
     
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  7. TestDepth

    TestDepth Well-Known Member

    Thank you. Always fun to try something new. And for the whopping investment of $18, it didn’t raise my wife’s radar :).
     
  8. Jim99

    Jim99 Gold Water Shaver

    Fantastic! It looks like you really got this project into high gear.
    :p
     
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  9. TestDepth

    TestDepth Well-Known Member

    Nicely played. :eatdrink047:
     
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  10. Sara-s

    Sara-s This Pun for Hire

    Nice job @TestDepth !
     
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  11. Badgerstate

    Badgerstate Well-Known Member

    Thats pretty cool. Ive seen some shaving brushes made with actual shift knobs and theyre pretty cool.
     
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  12. TestDepth

    TestDepth Well-Known Member

    Again, thank you for the idea!!!!
     
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  13. TestDepth

    TestDepth Well-Known Member

    So I think I got pretty close to my original idea... a tribute to the mid 70’s Corvette.
    Used a couple of coats of polyurethane and finished with two coats of carnuba wax... because it should smell like a car too :). Added an o-ring for the transition from knot to base - it just feels like it should have one.
    Feels good in hand, though a little heavy towards the base. I look forward to letting it cure for a couple days and then taking it for a spin.
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    I oriented the emblem to look right when hung upside down. But with the weight imbalance this may turn out to not work. Whoops.
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    Fun build!
    Tom.
     
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  14. TestDepth

    TestDepth Well-Known Member

    Maiden voyage so had to pull out the Stick Schick and the 1965 Corvette Avon decanter... just couldn’t do it any other way. Good fun!
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    Tom.
     
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  15. TestDepth

    TestDepth Well-Known Member

    So I guess the family was lonely...
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    They “made” me bring a 4th member into the fold. :)
    The Joker popped up on the Bay and I had to pull the trigger. I also had a 24mm Silvertip that needed a home - so it had to be destiny, right???? Nope, my wife didn’t buy it either.
    The cast of characters:
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    Now this one was different in that I didn’t want to put the knot in the top because I really dig the jester hat thingy. But the bottom was going to be pretty tight for a 24mm knot. But why “knot” give it a try :).
    Wow, that was close...
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    I ended up not using the metal ring as it just didn’t look right. So here is the new addition to the Skull shift knob family... I present The Joker.
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    Sort of creepy...
    Have fun with your projects!
    Tom.
     
  16. TestDepth

    TestDepth Well-Known Member

    Maybe I’m “graduating” away from shift knobs and bringing out the heavy artillery :).

    A friend shot me a care package and a challenge.
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    30mm and 20mm rounds. When cut the openings are a nice-for-shaving 25mm and a little on the ridiculous side 38mm.
    Long story short: cut it, shine it, add some sponge to fill the hole, add an o-ring to hide the messiness, and cram a synthetic 25mm in there with gorilla glue epoxy.
    Viola...
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    I am now sending him back a heavy, unbalanced, but fun brush with some PdP No.63 soap to start him on his wet shaving journey.
    Have fun with your projects.
    Tom
     
    Last edited: Dec 29, 2018
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  17. oscar11

    oscar11 Well-Known Member

    Nice work.
     
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  18. TestDepth

    TestDepth Well-Known Member

    Thank you. I appreciate it.
     
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  19. brit

    brit Well-Known Member

    very cool brushes..
     
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  20. TestDepth

    TestDepth Well-Known Member

    Thanks Gary.
     
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