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Gym Sock Origami
© Frank Ford 2008; Photos by FF
It's all about the title of this article. Machining is oily work, and often enough I've wished for non-slip grips on tools, so for the last few years I've padded the handles on some of them. I had this silly feeling that I was doing origami last time I folded an old gym sock to pad the collet closer handle on my lathe. SO, what could I do? I took pictures. . .
The slippery handle in question:
Here's the sock, fresh from the clean laundry basket:
Step One - Turn it inside out:
Step Two - Roll the top around the sock and over the toe:
Step Three - Stop when the toe is about 1/3 the way up inside:
Step Four - Twist the sock right at the point where the toe ends inside:
Step Five - Stuff your fingers into the toe and push it up inside the sock:
Step Six - Bring the top of the sock down around the toe :
Step Seven - Turn the whole thing inside out, keeping the shape intact by pushing with your thumbs:
Step Eight - Jam the sock over the handle:
Step Nine - Secure the sock with rubber bands:
That's it - a nice comfortable padded handle. I have them on various machines.
I find that about the time the rubber band rot out, it's time to change my socks. . .
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