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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

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*****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.

joemannn691 year ago
Dude that's amazing
Dr Qui1 year ago
I made this one from White Thorn, I used a eye screw to attach the chain rather than drill right through as it is quite large . I originally put a brass chain on but had to change it for the light weight flat stuff as the total weight was just on the edge of tripping the pull switch , something to watch out for if you want a larger knob with a metal chain.
SlickSqueegie (author) 2 years ago
yup. nice idea.
craftyv2 years ago
These are very well done and a great Instructable. May I suggest that you either add Light Pull to your title or some other term which covers (ALL) pulls. Ceiling fan pull is a little specific and you may be missing out on people who want a pull but not for a ceiling fan., Everybody has lights but fewer have ceiling fans, I want people to see it. It's great. Regards.
SlickSqueegie (author)  craftyv2 years ago
Good Idea. Fixed
cutshopguy2 years ago
Very nice indeed. If you don't have a lathe, I wonder if you could make these on a Drill press?
SlickSqueegie (author)  cutshopguy2 years ago
Thanks. Yes, you can make something like this on a drill press. I think there are many Instructables on using your drill press as a lathe.
Reesol2 years ago
Great! looks like my weekend just got a little more busy.
SlickSqueegie (author)  Reesol2 years ago
These are very very quick. Have fun!.
poofrabbit2 years ago
These are lovely!
SlickSqueegie (author)  poofrabbit2 years ago
Thanks PoofRabbit.
darman122 years ago
Those are really nice looking. I wish I had those tools, and, well, a ceiling fan :)
SlickSqueegie (author)  darman122 years ago
Thank you. It has taken me many years to gather them tool by tool
Woodharry2 years ago
Fantastic Idea, makes me want to pick up a lathe even more.
SlickSqueegie (author)  Woodharry2 years ago
Thanks. It's a lot of fun.