Wednesday, January 8, 2014

New Handles on the Cheap

Man, this Underwood 3-bank is so cool and I want to bring it downtown.  Too bad it doesn't have a handle anymore. 
Well, this $1 belt at Goodwill is just about the right size... 
Size the belt by looping it through the brackets and putting it where it is comfortable for your hand.  Then mark it and cut it. 
Make sure you get the right size sex-nuts by taking the belt and the typewriter case to Lowe's (bring the typewriter too because people always think it is cool). 
Haha, sex-nuts... 
Line it up, mark it, and drill those holes.  Doesn't matter the case is 90 years old and in good shape, you are making better. 
Put the female sex-nut through the case.  The reason you are using sex-nuts by the way is so that they are flat inside the case and do not scratch your typewriter. 
Wow, the edge on that leather strap looks a little cheap and crappy.  Better go to the jewelry section at Michael's and buy some ribbon clamps. 
Yeah, get the biggest vice grips you can and just crush the hell out of them.  They're not going anywhere now. 
Put it all together and oh hey, it almost looks period.  Excellent.

18 comments:

  1. Positively brilliant! I didn't even know about sex nuts. Is that what they're actually called in the store?

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    1. That's what the street name seems to be, the helper at Lowe's called them that and the saleswoman I met at Michael's knew them by that name too. Might be a regional thing. There was some other name on the baggie but it was less interesting.

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  2. Fantastic and clever! You win today's round of "Best Tips from the Typosphere" :D

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  3. Yeah, I wouldn't feel comfortable asking for "sex nuts" at the hardware store!

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    1. They have some other name too. I don't remember what it was.

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  4. Ahhhhhh that's an interesting solution. I like it! I like it!
    I however, am eager to go to the local hardware store and ask for sex nuts. But then again, I have a blog with the word 'filthy' in the title - so I might just be living up to some hidden peculiarity.

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  5. Good job, Mark! This looks great. :)

    This is Leslie, by the way. I don't think I've ever commented.

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  6. A wonderful solution, elegant, even - plus a cool use for a new-to-me hardware do-dad. My wife refers to all hardware do-dads as "screwy things", so I can't wait to show her a sex nut!

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  7. very fancy, adding the metalwork. I'll have to share my solution when i get home.

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  8. hi mark, would y please share what year my typewriter have been produced. the brand is adler the serial number is 3038516. I cant find any reference regarding this subject. if u dont mind please return this query to my mail mgharjo@gmail.com. thanks for ur help.

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  9. Brilliant solution!! I've got the same typewriter, and case. My handle is a fine original, but the previous owner dropped the typewriter in its carriage, so its now lopsided a bit. I got it cheap though ( $29.95) and have managed to mostly fix it. Great little typer, but them again most Underwoods are. Are you going to the Typewriter convention this August in Milwaukee - should be pretty cool! Thanks

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    1. I don't think I can make it, I don't have a lot of money right now. I wish I could just to meet more folks and see some of the friends I made in West Virginia this past October.

      I love typing on the three bank too, nifty little machine.

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  10. They are also called barrel bolts or binding bolts so if you search for them you may need to use all the different terms.

    Nice work.

    I chose to stay away from leather since I live in Florida. Leather rots too easily here. I even have to wipe off my shoes and boots almost daily or they will mildew and be ruined. Leather typewriter cases get wiped off once a week even when stored on a shelf -- and that is in an air conditioned house!

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    1. That's crazy! But at least you probably didn't have to deal with 14 degrees this morning like I did...

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  11. A belt!! Brilliant (why didn't I think of that!?!) :-)

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