Many of you know I’ve made a few wooden cigarette boxes to carry the reservation smoke I buy that come bulk in a bag. The last one I made was just slightly too small. I was able to fit 20 cigarettes, but only by smooshing them down as I put them in the box. I was using a ball point pen for that task but the pens were too flexible and had relatively sharp edges that sometimes ripped my smokes. Then I remembered that i had some brass rod left over from a project from a long time ago. That worked well but it was long and bulky so I cut it and turned a handle from a walnut branch.
To form the end I put the rod in my drill press and took a grinder to it. Then I “polished” it with 400 grit sandpaper. That’s the highest grit I have in. 1000 would have been better, I think. Anyway, it’s still pretty smooth and just pointed enough to push in when the ziggies are tight and almost full.
I finished it with CA glue, which I’ve never done before. Ready to use in 2 minutes! I almost passed out from the fumes, but it was nice and fast.
Ahh… this is what i call a first world problem to solve. LOL! Silly project but how else are we supposed to take up our time?
-- Losing fingers since 1969