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    Default Made a brush without a lathe

    I had some oak left over from making a razor stand a little while ago and wondered if I could get a brush out of it. Having decided it was for my own use and so I needn't get too precious about perfection I decided to give it a go.
    I bought a Maggards 30mm black and white synthetic knot and used my little pillar drill to outline the hole sawing the restout with a coping saw and finishing with sanding drums. This piece was cut to give a reasonable depth to the hole and then glued to three other pieces to make a block.
    I cut the block down with a coping saw to take the square edges off and then refined it with sanding drums. Final finish was with a few coats Liberon finishing oil then I fixed the knot with epoxy.
    So far it works fine and the knot hasn't fallen out yet so I'm pretty happy with it. If I did another I think I would go for the smaller knot but the 30mm does make it a "special event" kind of brush.
    Overall height appx 14.5cm 5cm diameter and roughly 65mm loft.

    Any feedback appreciated.

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    Nice job!!

    I like the patterns in the wood, really sets it off.
    Enjoy!!
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    I think it looks great. Nicely done!

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    I dig it! Well done with just enough handmade personality. Great work!

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    Nothing wrong with that! Great work. Enjoy it!
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    Fine job!
    You should certainly be proud of that.

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    Very nicely done. I like the size, color, and pattern, and the fact that it's handmade.
    Richard

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    It came out realy nice.

    I have seen man ppl making brushes with hand tools or anyway without a lathe...
    Although some power tools are needed.

    if you are realy into handle making you could try watching tutorials on how to make a lathe from an electric engine or an electric drill...some projects look realy doable.

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    Aloha!

    It's gorgeous. Nicely done indeed. And the BEST part to me? It's a ONE-OFF only! There are no others like it in the shaving world. Similar, yes, but not exactly like it. No mass production here. Just a homebrew shaving brush at its finest.

    Mahalo for sharing.

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    Pretty cool, excellent work.

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