Introduction: Key Turner (For People With Arthiritis)

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I designed this key turner especial for people that have arthirits or have a hard time turning keys. It's a simple design made of wood band it helps tremendously in reducing the amount of torque needed to turn a key along with providing a greater surface area to hold on to.

If there is anything that i could fix please tell me. this is my first instructable.

Step 1: Materials Needed

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For this project you will need three pieces of wood.
Dimentions:
- .75 x 1.5 x 2.25 in.
- .75 x .5 x 1.5 in.
- .75 x .75 x 4 in.
(If you already have these peices you can skip to step 6, if not i will show you how I cut them out from a peice of wood that is 1.5 x 1.5 x 24 )
(Try to get the a hard wood that doesn't split easily down the grain)

As for the actual tools, you will need:
- A ruler
- A pen
- C clamps (optional)
- A saw (hand held, table, or band saw)
- Grinding sticks and/or sandpaper (optional)
- A drill
- A wood 3/32 inch drill bit
- Screws that can be 1" or 1 1/4"
- Wood glue (optional)

Step 2: Cutting Into the Basic Peices

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1. Take your ruler, pen, and wood.
2. Measure out 1.5 inches, 2.25 inches, and then 4 inches (each measurment starts at the end of the other)

Step 3: The First Cut

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Simply cut the wood down the lines you created (I used clamps to help me hold it down, since I cut them by hand)

Then draw a strait line separating the wood into two equal parts and cut 

Step 4:

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Now get the 4 and 1.5 inch peices and draw a strait line separating the 4  inch peice in half ( .75 of an inch ) and draw a line on the 1.5 inch peice that is .5 inches away from the edge.

(The pen marks should be drrwan on the freashly cut surface or the one on the opposite side )

Then cut

Step 5: The Wooden Peices

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Once you've cut them you have the 3 basic peices :)

Step 6: The Forming Cuts

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Now its time to cut them so that they can fit together perfectly

Take the 4 inch peice of wood and place the 1.5 inch mark on any one of the corners. Rotate the rule using the 1.5 inch mark as the center of rotation. when the 0 inch mark reaches the side of the wooden rectangle you should have a triangle mark that off and cutt it.

Step 7: Forming the Cuts Part 2

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For this step your going to follow the same procedure as in the last step, but with a measurment of .75 inches.

Take the 4 inch peice of wood and place the .75 inch mark on the uncut corner across from the other. Rotate the rule using the .75 inch mark as the center of rotation. when the 0 inch mark reaches the side of the wooden rectangle you should have a triangle. mark that off and cut it.

Step 8:

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For this step your going to follow the same procedure as the last 2 steps, but with a measurment of .5 inches.

Take the 1.5 inch peice of wood and place the .5 inch mark on any corner. Rotate the rule using the .5 inch mark as the center of rotation. when the 0 inch mark reaches the side of the wooden rectangle you should have a triangle. mark that off and cut it.

Step 9: The Final Peices

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Now that you have your final peices you can put them together and see them start to form the key turner.

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Now we need to see were we are going to insert the screws

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Draw a line down verticaly from the top peice onto the lower peice

Draw a line from where the bottom of the 4 inch peice of wood hits the 1.5 inch peice of wood

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Follow the line around both peices of wood (Make sure the lines are straight)

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This should make a recangle. Draw two diagonal lines from the corners. (This is ment to help you find where to place the screws)

 

Step 10:

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Use a clamp to hold the big pieces together.

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Use a small drill bit to drill two holes into the wood (This prevents the wood from cracking and helps guide the screw into the wood)

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Repeat the last step for the other two peices that got together

(You can use only one nail and you can even use a suuuper strong glue)
(If the wood splits you can always glue it back together)

Step 11: Screw Time

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Now insert the screws

(You can use only one screw if you want and you can even use a suuuper strong glue)

(If the wood splits you can always glue it back together)

Step 12: Final Step

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Now just sand the edges and you're done :D

(This is the second one I made, i Gave the first one away)

Step 13: The Key Turner in Action

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Step 14:

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Ok since it is made out of wood, chances are its going to break and/or split down the grain. So to strengthen it a good idea to break it intentionally by over turning the key. Then Glue it back together.

I know it's a pretty big problem but Ihave a great idea for a light weight one made out of metal thats suuuper cheap. Thanks for looking. If there is anything that i could fix please tell me. this is my first instructable.

Comments

daycaremommy53 (author)2012-12-14

That's genious!

bertus52x11 (author)2012-12-14

Don't be too modest about your instructable! After all you've got featured on the home page! Congrats!

yongeeks (author)2012-12-11

Excellent. Thank you for posting this one. I don't have arthiritis, but I do have fairly small hands: sometimes when I'm opening an especially difficult lock, the edges of the key dig into my fingers, and that hurts!

PDRWLSN (author)2010-12-13

Most excellent idea, I will probably be needing this in just a few more years. better make one while I still am able. You got my vote. Thanks.

Phil B (author)2010-12-13

Thank you for presenting a nicely done, useful Instructable. Although I do not (yet) have the problem you are addressing, I am sure many do and need someone to build this for them. I hope you will continue to publish new Instructables. When I joined Instructables in July of '08 I thought I might have 30 or so things I wanted to share as an Instructable. Although I was sure I would run out of ideas, I now have 151 published with ideas for a few more. Do not be discouraged when you publish something really helpful, but some guy who has never published anything tears your Instructable apart over some minor aspect of it that really does not matter. A friend of mine thinks these guys are just jealous. I have begun to respond to them along these lines: "Thank you for your comment. I hope you will publish your first Instructable soon so we can comment on your efforts." Also, do not worry too much if there is something in your Instructable that needs "fixing." I began by trying to get everything perfect. Since I have come to realize that we can all help one another grow in seeing new ways to improve and expand each other's ideas by making helpful comments.

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