Monthly Project – September 2012

Discussion in 'Monthly Projects' started by buroak, Aug 25, 2012.

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Time to vote for September Project

Poll closed Aug 31, 2012.
  1. Make 5 usable buttons each out of a different material.

    75.0%
  2. Make a workable pump drill.

    12.5%
  3. Make both projects – use the pump drill to drill the holes in the buttons.

    12.5%
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  1. buroak

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    It’s time for another project! We have missed August, so lets start back with September.

    Option 1. Make 5 usable buttons each out of a different material. They can be 2 hole or 4 hole type buttons. You can use any tools you like. Use materials such as wood, leather, glass, stone, shell, clay, bone, antler, plastic or metal.

    Option 2. Make a workable pump drill. Modern materials can be used. Make at least one bit and drill a hole in something such as a shell.

    Option 3. Make both projects. Make a pump drill and use it to drill the holes in the 5 buttons you have made.
     
  2. GreyOne

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    Good project , and some good buttons would be useable for a lot of other projects. :)
     
  3. Zig

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    Everyone please give a big thank you to buroak for taking over leadership of the monthly projects. Being back in grad school is taking up so much of my time I'm unable to keep up with it and buroak was kind enough to take the job when I asked him.

    Again big thanks to him for what is sure to be great work!


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  4. MLarson

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    Thank you Buroak. And thank you Zig for the time you spent doing it. I know the feeling. I've been wanting to get into doing these but I've been so busy with work and school as well that I just haven't had time to get out to the woods or garage for that matter.
     
  5. Oregon Doc

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    Hi all!,
    I have been lurking around here for a while, but I havnt had the time to get more active till now. This sounds like a great project!

    Oregon Doc
     
  6. buroak

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    Looks like the buttons have it. Even if you didn’t vote, feel free to jump right in and make buttons. Have fun! Happy Labor Day.
     
  7. Kybottoms

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    I guess I'll start this one out this time around. Here is an overview of all five buttons.
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    This is a button made from a shampoo lid. Fairly soft plastic. Holes cleaned up later by heating bit with lighter.
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    This is a somewhat rectangle wooden button. It was made from a branch of a small tree(woody plant... I'm not for sure the type or local name of it...) and had a pithy center, so I cut down the sides and shaved it all flat.
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    Hmmm, glass buttons... I didn't think it would work out well, but overall I'd say a glass button would be durable enough for most things. I dulled the edges with a file using light pressure. Came from a Root Beer bottle bottom.
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    A button made from a shell found on a beach here on Nantucket. It was rather flaky when too much force was required.
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    The other Side of shell button.
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    Root beer bottle cap. 'Nuff said.
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    Alright everyone, I look forward to your posts on this one. 17 days.
     
  8. buroak

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    Excellent buttons! Good job and very creative. Thanks.
     
  9. renter6

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    Three buttons down, two more to go. Below is a pic of the materials I've selected. The cordage is for a button knot. Hope that isn't a cheat!

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    That glass button is kind of wild. Dulled and all, it would still get sparks off a ferro rod I bet.
     
  10. Kybottoms

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    Yeah I have seemed to misplaced my ferro-rod... BUT I will try it out once I find it lol. I thought of making a blass button out of the bottle top(ya know where the cap attaches) to make a button similiar to the antler. Good on ya renter.
     
  11. Wildcat

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    My buttons...

    Antler tip
    Antler round
    Polycrylic turtle shell
    Bottle cap
    Rolled leather


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    Materials:
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    -Plastic Coke Bottle Cap
    -Wood "plank" split from a Jenga block & cut down (that's kinda bush-crafty, right? ;) )
    -Plastic #8 tile from a Sudoku board game
    -5" strip of duct tape, split lengthwise and folded.

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  13. lefthandedwriter

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    Lovin' that rolled leather button. Very nice!
     
  14. buroak

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    Here’s my buttons

    Left to Right

    The first one is made from white ash (Fraxinus americana).
    The second one is made from a piece of deer jaw bone.
    Number three is made from clay.
    Number four is from a black walnut (Juglans nigra) seed. I sawed out the center of a nut on my band saw.
    Number five is made from a piece of clam shell.


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    Alrighty then...Here are my 5 Buttons for my very first Monthly Project:

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    Whitetail deer antler, pewter and desert ironwood.
    Leather and buffalo horn.

    So is there going to be a "5 Button Wool Vest" project coming up?

    Hope to complete more of these monthly projects as they come along.
     
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    Here's me buttons:

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    A little different lighting:

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    Here's one use for the button knot:

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    I ended up using a hack saw, file and sandpaper, drill press and dremel tool.
     
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    A new member - long time lurker here! Finally got myself to join the forums :)

    This seems to be a fun project, so I decided to give it a try. Anyway, here are my buttons:

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    (from left to right)
    • Leather disc cut from an old belt
    • piece of cardboard wrapped with duct tape
    • thin plywood
    • plastic from expired membership card
    • and a plastic coated wire, simply twisted to make s-shaped spiral

    I used my Vic Farmer to make most of these (the awl on Farmer is superb drilling clean holes in soft materials!) plus scissors and a coping saw.
     
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    This is my first monthly project also. top to bottom and left to right: doubled button knot in para-cord, carved soapstone-finished w/ mineral oil, whitetail antler slice, carved tulip poplar, braided leather round button-based on Bruce Grant's diagrams.

    Mark
     

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  19. buroak

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    Thanks to all who participated in the September Project. I am very pleased with the uniqueness and creativeness of your buttons. Well done. I hope all of you will get started on the October project which will be to weave a basket.

    Remember, there is a place to post your buttons or any project after the thread has closed. Just because you don’t get the project done on time, doesn’t mean you can’t show it. We want to see it! Here’s the place to post your entries for Monthly Projects that have ended. Just post the month and year of the project and your pictures.

    http://bushcraftusa.com/forum/showthread.php/69890-LATE-ENTRIES?p=1223456#post1223456
     
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