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Bouncer
« on: September 15, 2023, 05:44:40 PM »
I came by a couple ceramic door knobs in beautiful condition. No scratches or flaws, other than one minor bump in the finish on one that I stoned off with a gunsmiths stone then polished. I've been wanting to make a bouncer/pounder/burnisher/etc. for a while. Bouncers are used in saddle making but in my hands this one will be used one for a burnisher.

I rummaged around and found an unused hollow-bodied plastic file handle. I also found a 7/16" bolt long enough to go through the handle. The head of the bolt was yellow so it probably came from a long-lost Caterpillar tractor. In my Harley parts box I found an acorn nut and washer that fit the bolt.

The end of the handle had a shallow taper to it so I flattened that off so the nut & washer would fit flat on the end. I cut the head end off the bolt just long enough to go into the knob, through the handle and have 6 extra threads sticking out. Then I drilled the file handle to 7/16". I ground the unthreaded end of the bolt square so it would fit in one of the door knobs and drilled and tapped the bolt to 8-32, just like the original square lock shaft the door knob would fit on. I rummaged around in my aircraft hardware pan and found the right length flat head machine screw for it.



The hollow handle is just roomy enough to fit over the shaft on a knob.



To assemble it, I put the bolt into the door knob and secured it with the screw. Then I slipped the file handle on and snugged it in place with the acorn nut. Boom! One bouncer.



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Re: Bouncer
« Reply #1 on: September 15, 2023, 06:27:02 PM »
What an ingenious way to make a useful tool out of things a person might normally discard. Many thanks for sharing this with us.
You need to learn to like all the little everday things like a sip of good whiskey, a soft bed, a glass of buttermilk,  and a feisty old gentleman like myself

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« Reply #2 on: September 15, 2023, 07:45:37 PM »
What an ingenious way to make a useful tool out of things a person might normally discard. Many thanks for sharing this with us.
Thanks, but it isn't my idea. It's an old time tool to make. Bruce Johnson has some for sale on his website here. He also has the Osborn fitter's hammers, too.

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Re: Bouncer
« Reply #3 on: September 18, 2023, 01:44:41 PM »
The darn thing kept rolling around the work bench. Rather than having to keep having to hunt for it, I sanded four flats on the narrow end of the handle using the spindle sander with the belt attachment. Took all of about 2 minutes. Now it stays put.


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Re: Bouncer
« Reply #4 on: September 18, 2023, 01:51:43 PM »
A very simple fix to an irritating problem. It's better to light a candle than curse the darkness?
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Re: Bouncer
« Reply #5 on: September 18, 2023, 03:10:18 PM »
A very simple fix to an irritating problem. It's better to light a candle than curse the darkness?
Thanks, John. Yes, it is better to light a candle.

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« Reply #6 on: September 20, 2023, 03:34:09 PM »
Marshal,  could you post a photo of it in use?  Trying to get an idea of how it’s used.
Doug

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Re: Bouncer
« Reply #7 on: September 20, 2023, 06:10:38 PM »
Marshal,  could you post a photo of it in use?  Trying to get an idea of how it’s used.

I am going to use it to burnish the back side of a project where a smooth flesh side is desired. In the photo I'm burnishing the back of a scrap by rubbing it with Gum Trag.


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« Reply #8 on: September 20, 2023, 07:06:28 PM »
Will, thank you. 
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