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    Crochet Hooks?

    I haven't been doing any turning for a few months as my lathe broke down and I've been too busy with other things to get around to fixing it. Now, I finally have it ready to go and a lady has asked me if I would turn some crochet hooks for her. I've seen a few pictures of them online but have no idea of the size of the things. Can anyone tell me what the measurements are: length, thickness, etc.? Or are there are more than one size?
    Also, any advice re: how to turn them or any tricks that may be involved as far as type of wood, how to finish them, and so forth.
    Thanks, I do appreciate any information I can get.
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    She would probably know.
    Or Google it. And look on historical reenactment sites.

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    there are many differnt sizes, but the ones made outa wood are usually rather large the one i used wheni ws younger was approx 3/8" diamter and
    12" long. that was used for making rag rugs.
    here is a link to what you might looking at gord////http://shop.ebay.com/_W0QQ_nkwZcrochetQ20hooks
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    Crochet hooks are usually measured by letter and mm. "standard sizes", if there is such a thing, are
    G6/ 4mm
    H8/ 5mm
    I9/5.5mm
    J10/6mm
    k10.5/6.5mm

    There are a good deal many more sizes that, both larger and smaller. Really it all depends on what size the woman wants. Also you should look at pictures of the hooks themselves..... I personally can't see turning them because of the hook on the end.... but I am just starting woodworking really.
    Here is a good photo example of pretty ones that appear to be turned... http://www.turn2001.com/hooks.htm

    *one more thing..... on the what to make them out of. I would use a wood that feels nice in the hand, has some weight but not too much and is attractive but also easy to work with. For me the choice would likely be cocobolo or lilac..... of course they are two of my favorites anyhow =)
    Last edited by KaLea Thoits; 01-18-2009 at 12:28 AM. Reason: forgot to mention......
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    a couple more sites
    turned hooks in various woodshttp://www.dewberryridge.com/collect...-crochet-hooks
    conversion chart for size reference http://www.frugalhaus.com/scripts/Charts.asp
    now on my wish list http://www.shangri-lacrafts.com/crochet_hook.html
    they just keep getting prettier! http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php...ng_id=10741866
    and well..... holy cows... http://www.brainsbarn.com/
    ...anyways you get the picture... on a side note, I am pretty handy with google and weeding through to find the good stuff... if anyone ever needs info on something
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    hey kalea is that how you found chuck? and if so what did you use for the searh phraze you got a big opening here go gettum girl
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    heh..... actually it was Yahoo and he found me
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chuck Thoits View Post
    She looked up garden gnome
    Funny thing is the pic she found looked a whole lot like Larry.
    good one chuck,, i was hoping she would jump on the opening i gave her but you must have been to close
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    well ya know..... I *am* a smart woman.... and we *do* live in the same house
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    If I were to make the hook, I'd set me RAS to, oh, say an 80 degree bevel. Need to make a jig to hold it, cause I'd not have my hand holding it for this kind of cut.

    Maybe rout a few different sized core boxes into a flat / at least one square edge piece of wood. Hinge another piece and then on the other side I personally would have countersunk 1/4"-20 bolts though both pieces (maybe dril a couple holes / slot for the top piece) to clamp the thing tight. The top piece would just be flat - should be enough friction to hold it in place. The bottom might need to be much taller than one would think to give the motor clearance from the fence for such an extreme bevel.

    Then carefully place the jig so the the part of the turned wood rod that needs a hook is free floating, and is in a proper blade path / blade height, clamp the jig to the fence and make the cut. Since this will likely be a cross-grain cut, an ATB blade is called for. Clean up the bottom of the kerf with a file to flat and there you go. As I recall, a 1/8" kerf should be about perfect for the hook.

    Maybe a few holding blocks could be made, each with pairs of core box routings, do two at a time. Although, am I confusing knitting with crochet now? Maybe crochet uses only one hook at a time.

    Hope this helps - thought just came to me when I looked at one of Kalea's links.

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