Your Classic American
Finish-Sand the Halves
Seal the Wood Halves
|Oiled clothespin on top. Unfinished on bottom.|
Very Important: boiled linseed oil on rags can spontaneously combust. Always put rags used with linseed oil outdoors to dry thoroughly before disposing of them.
If, however, you want to go a step further, you can apply a thin coating of furniture paste wax and buff the wood with a soft cloth. If you want to get real serious about your clothespin finish, you can make your own Classic Clothespin Wax... check out THIS RECIPE.
Assemble The Clothespins
(click on pictures to see enlarged views)
|Hold the spring and one clothespin half as shown here. |
Push the clothespin down on the lower "tail" of the spring,
and slide the upper tail into the slot.
|The spring should fit on the clothespin half as shown here.|
|Turn the clothespin half with the spring on it so it is inside up. |
Then lift the tail with your index finger
enough to slide the other half into place.
|If you don't have the finger strength to spread the spring|
to lift the tail (as shown in the previous picture), you
can do it with a pair of pliers, as shown here.
|An assembled Classic American clothespin!|
|Close-up view of the assembled clothespin. |
"A thing of beauty is a joy forever."
22 December 2014
Pete Lilja of Cedar Falls, Iowa, just sent me pictures of some clothespins he made with the Classic American springs, and he put the springs on a different way than shown above. I just assembled some clothespin halves using Pete's idea and was amazed to find that the springs not only seat so much better in the spring-seat groove, but the whole clothespin seems to "fit" better, meaning with less tendency to "overbite." I think Pete is a mechanical genius and I recommend that you try putting the springs on the way you see them in the following picture. It's more work to assemble them this way but I think you will be more pleased with the final results I may use this arrangement on all the clothespins I make from now on.
|click picture to see an enlarged view|