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Wednesday 5 November 2008

Sue Harker makes this simple pincushion out of off cuts


This simple pin cushion is an adaptation of one I was shown when I first started turning.

For the cushion top, I used a polystyrene ball available at most haberdashery shops. The ball was cut in half and I glued material to it before gluing it into the wooden base. I found that the glue made the material a bit too stiff, and combined with the firm polystyrene, it was too hard to insert the dressmaking pins. I substituted the polystyrene ball for tightly rolled up wadding and found this produced a far softer and more user-friendly surface.

This project is a way of using up small off cuts of timber and also scraps of material. I have used all sorts of material as a covering but prefer to use plain velour as its stretchy properties lends itself well to stretching round the wadding.

A small circular magnet can be added to the underside of the pin cushion by cutting a recess the size of the magnet and gluing it in place. This is a useful addition for picking up any dropped pins or needles.

The turning is quite basic but produces an effective pin cushion which I am sure your family and friends will love to receive as a gift this Christmas.

David Preece

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"Wadding... produced a far softer and more user-friendly surface"

Top Tips

- If you do not have a Forstner bit to drill a chucking recess, mount on the lathe using a screw chuck or mount between centres and cut a chucking spigot at one end
- For step 5, instead of using a Bedan, you could use a side-cut box scraper, a spindle gouge or a selection of other hollowing tools
- As an alternative finish, Melamine, spray lacquer, paste wax or oil may be used
- As a substitute for using Titebond, you could use PVA or cyanoacrylate

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