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You must have changed keyboards.... Or did the base shrink?
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I worded that wrong, I meant I wished that the rest was longer.
It was 2 AM tongue.gif
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Hi Eric, I was looking through this thread (with admiration) and and thinking about trying to make one of these wrist rests myself.

Do you think this is a good project for a novice word worker to attempt?

Any general advice (or drawings tongue.gif) you can give to us lesser skilled craftsmen out there trying to make one of these over a few weekends?
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Hi Eric, I was looking through this thread (with admiration) and and thinking about trying to make one of these wrist rests myself.
Do you think this is a good project for a novice word worker to attempt?
Any general advice (or drawings tongue.gif) you can give to us lesser skilled craftsmen out there trying to make one of these over a few weekends?

Depending on many factors the rests can be easy to somewhat difficult to make. I have a shop equipped with high end machines, and hand tools. I am also at least fairly skilled at wood work in general. Still, it takes several hours to complete most rests. To get the results I expect, I spend considerable effort on them. Much of the time is spent on finishing. The wood needs to be smooth, and sealed. Some woods are easier than others to achieve the proper finish.
Mostly though, If all you want is a functional rest. A piece of baseboard moulding could be cut to the length of your keyboard, sanded smooth, and finished with some urethane. That would work. If you wanted a rest similar to the one I just finished recently. Better get some books on more advanced skills like veneering, inlays, mortice and tenon joinery, hand planing, sculpting, etc. There is quite a bit of work concealed inside some of these rests.

Wood working is a very rewarding art form. Many people who start, (Woodwork) give up after they find out just how difficult it can be. The hand work is the difference between good, and great. The big power tools will only take you so far. Hand planes, paring chisels, fine hand saws and the like are needed for truly fine work. The 'connection' between the craftsman and the project really takes hold with the use, and mastery of using fine hand tools.

Then there is understanding the material..... (Wood) A whole other subject.

I hope some of you do take the time to make your own wood wrist rests. You never know unless you try.
    
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I worded that wrong, I meant I wished that the rest was longer.
It was 2 AM tongue.gif

I changed the distance from the edge of the keyboard to the edge of the rest closest to you on all the newer rests. They went from 3.5" to 4.25" I will mod any older rest to the new spec. for free. But, you must pay the shipping.

If you wanted the rest wider to accommodate a wider KB, then I can't help there.
    
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Nah, I'm sticking to tenkeyless.
I may bring it over to have it extended if I visit Cali over the summer, since that'd be cheaper to ship to you and then back.
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Hi Eric,

Could you share how you achieve the slope on the rest? Is it by sanding, or planning?
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Hi Eric,
Could you share how you achieve the slope on the rest? Is it by sanding, or planning?

Both would work, (Sanding or planning) The basic slant I achieve by (1) an angled rip cut on the tablesaw. By tilting the blade approx. 5 deg. (2) getting the angle full width on the joiner. It takes a few passes. (3) Then I sand, plane, scrape the surface to contour, and round the edges.
    
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post #178 of 178
Sent you a PM but I realize now the last post was roughly a year ago; Are you still making these?
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