Slight deviation from our scheduled agenda. I'd suckered loml into knitting some hat like things for my cousin's kid (technically we colluded but that's not important here). The problem was that it requires two large buttons for "eyes" (decoration I dunno, I'm a turner not a clothing designer) and the selection hereabouts is both thin and overpriced so of to the shop I go.
First turn up a glue block, we'll use hit glue here cause we don't need much strength. Actually made two of these so I could pipeline things just a little bit. If you were making very many a dozen or so would be better.
Cut some blanks, a bit under 1/4" thick and a bit bigger than you need. I dubbed the corners on the first couple but then decided it was faster just to do that at the lathe and left the rest square.
A bit of India ink in the groove on some. For this if cut the groove, paint the ink in, let it dry for a minute and then use the skew to shear scrape of the top to get a nice clean line.
Got a handful done. These aren't exceptionally fast to make, but was getting a bit faster. Top four are spalted maple finished with CA knocked back with 1500 grit, the rest are lilac with India ink and woodturners finish. A couple of the later bled a smidge so I need to sand them back a little and recoat.
Also need to drill holes still but was going to do a couple of handfuls more first.
I'm thinking I might try out some thin double sided tape fit the next batch as the hot melt is kind of slow to apply and pop of for this.
Still working on the swap item as well but am not yet to and official update point.