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|The wood is ash. Boards are planed down to 3/8" thick.|
Each board is crosscut into pieces 3.5" long.
I call these pieces clothespin "flitches."
|Each clothespin flitch is machined just-so before the |
clothespin halves are cut. In this picture you can see the
three "grip grooves" that have been cut with the table saw.
(if you look closely, you'll see that one groove is off)
|Various other cuts are made in the flitches using |
a router mounted in a router table.
|Here you can see the machined flitches|
|The flitches are clamped to a "flitch sled" for ripping |
on the table saw, as shown here.
|The mouth end of the flitches is ripped down with the blade |
at a slight angle. Then the flitches are flipped 180°
and the handle end is ripped at an angle.
The second ripping cut is shown here.
|The final cutting step is to rip the clothespin halves out of the |
machined flitches, and that's what is happening in this picture.
If you purchase the Clothespin Starter Kit, you will get access to a special web site with lots more photos of my clothespin-making process.