Make good use of tiny scraps with this little project. These are an excellent way to add a tiny detailed personalization to your mini-blinds or ceiling fan/lights as well as any pull chain operated switch. These are very simple to make and require the smallest of scraps.
Step 1: Gather some scraps
*****Please refer to your lathe manual and follow all safety precautions
You need a mini or midi lathe for this project as well as a chuck or a way to attach small scraps to the face-plate of the lathe.
You also need some string or ball chain.
Step 2: Rough shape the piece
Once you have the piece mounted to your lathe you can rough round it and clean it up a bit. Since the chuck is holding the workpiece we can slide the tail-stock out and square the bottom of the pull.
In the next step we will be drilling the holes for the string to run through the
Step 3: Drill the string/chain hole
Now we need to drill the hole for the string. I installed the Jacobs chuck on the tail-stock and using the smallest bit (the bit that is the same diameter as the string or chain you are using.
The smallest hole goes all the way thru the workpiece. The second hole goes in about 1/4" (this is to hide the knot you will tie to prevent the string from pulling completely out).
Step 4: Finish shape the string pull
Now you shape the piece the way you want. I tried to make a small light bulb shape for one of mine. It obviously needs work as it looks like the back side of a boxing glove to me. :) but the tear-drop shape looks quite nice. As well as the bell shapes. If I was a carver I could make these even more detailed.
Once you have the shape you desire, its time to sand it to completion.
After sanding. I finished the piece with some friction polish and a wax.