Introduction: Cufflinks From Cutoffs (USMC -Blood Stripe)

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I hate to waste things. One of the things I make a lot of is pens. I had some custom pen blanks made for me to help celebrate the Marine Corps Birthday (November 10th), the pens turned out really well but I couldn't throw away such great looking cut-offs. I decided to make something useful out of them cuff-links!

You don't have to use cut offs any small pieces of wood, acrylic, or other materials will work for this project.

Materials/Tools used:

- Small cut offs of pen blanks

- Saw - I used a bandsaw, but you could use a handsaw and get the same results.

- Cuff-link hardware - available on amazon

- CA Glue - Thick

- Random Orbital Sander - 150 grit paper

- Sandpaper - up to 600 grit

- MicroMesh - up to 12,000 grit

- Plastic polish - I used my lathe to apply, but can be done by hand or in a drill.

Step 1: Attach the Hardware to Cut Off Material

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This is step is pretty straight forward.

You want to apply a small amount of CA glue to the hardware and center it on the material.

Apply pressure for a few seconds and then let it cure.

You can use activator to speed up this process but I just let if cure naturally; defer to the instructions on your glue.

Step 2: Rough Shape Your Cufflinks

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In this step, I used a Random Orbital Sander* with 150 grit sand paper to rough shape the cufflinks to my desired shape.

*Ensure you are comfortable with your tools; this can be done with just sandpaper it would just take longer.


I held the back of the cufflink and sanded in a circular motion at a slight angle to create a slope.

When you get to the second cufflink be sure to check it often and compare it to the first, so that they have a uniform shape.

Step 3: More Sanding!

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Everyone's favorite past time, sanding. While sanding do not forget to sand the back side so that it is not rough.

In this step I used traditional sandpaper moving up through the grits, from 150 up to 600 grit.

After that I used MicroMesh pads to wet sand up to 12,000 grit.

This should take care of any scratches that the rough shaping may have left.

Step 4: Finishing

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I chose to finish these cufflinks with plastic polish which really brings out the shine on an acrylic material.

I wrapped the hardware in a paper towel to protect it before inserting it into the jacob's chuck on my lathe.

Once attached I applied about a dime sized amount of polish to the cufflink and let it sit for a few seconds

then turn on the lathe and apply pressure with a clean cloth for 30-45 seconds. I used an old shirt and that seems to do fine.

From there your cufflinks should be good to go. I'm happy to answer any questions, just leave a comment below.

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Comments

capt redd (author)2016-11-23

semper fi

rsmith6322 (author)2016-11-15

May have to try this. Been a while since I turned anything. These turned out very nice for being USMC themed. Just kidding....thanks for your service from an army vet.

Thank you for yours...even if it was Army (i jest)

USMC-USAF-USN (author)2016-11-16

Very nice looking - and so are the pens. Semper Fi!

Thanks brother, Semper Fi

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