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Amazing Non-Profit NEEDS a new Wooden Loop Machine!1/22
I'm hoping someone can help.
My name is Alix and I work for an amazing organization called Rwanda Partners. We partner with women and youth in Rwanda who make beautiful crafts that we then sell here in the US at roadshows in Costcos across the country.
Aside from the baskets and handbags that our employees in Rwanda make, we also receive wooden loops that have multiple uses (see photo).
Our field manager in Rwanda emailed me the other day and let me know that the machine our partners use to make these loops broke.
I'm in charge of shopping around for some type of replacement machine, and have been quite unsuccessful at it so far.
I'm hoping you can help me.
Price, availability, country of where to buy the machine, make, model, size etc. would be such a great help!!
Thank you so much for your support and your help in making sure these people continue making crafts, and continue doing business with us. We have been responsible for raising their standards of living to the point that many of them make as much as a college-educated teacher in their towns!
All the best, and looking forward to your response.
Good luck with your endeavor. The machine that you need is called a lathe. There are, of course computer controlled lathes that do more of the work, but most lathes will require a craftsman to do the "making" of any product. Are you looking for alternatives to your production process or "partners", or are you trying to replace a machine? If the latter; what type of machine do you presently have?
Thank you so much for your response!
As far as machines go, a lathe is the low-tech option. If one were so inclined, and skilled, this could be made with a carving knife and a sharpening stone.
Thanks so much Marc, you've been so helpful!!
Try Mikronmachinery.com or talk to them,maybe their rosette maker could be adapted to do the job. Wishing you success.
Thank you so much for your help!
To make an almost perfect doughnut from wood without a lathe and skilled turner
1. drill the center of the blank out with a large forester bit in a drill press.
2. rough cut the outside curve with a jig saw, or band saw.
3. With a pattern, or flush trim bit installed in a router table or shaper precisely trim the outside of the blank to a pattern, or fixture.
4. Use a bearing guided round to round the inside and outside edges. Take multiple LIGHT passes.
A small CNC router equipped with the right fixtures could be used to make a TON of these fast. Take a look at the stinger from cammaster, or look for a used shopbot. This may be less expensive than investing in dedicated custom tooling, and you would get more flexibility for developing other wood products.
4. Use a bearing guided round over bit in a router table to round the inside and outside edges on the top and bottom. Take multiple LIGHT passes.