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Venetian Blinds Use
EMT5911
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Posted: Friday, February 27, 2009 - 05:26 AM UTC
I was recently changing some blinds to curtains in my house and had a nice accident. I broke off the little "box" that holds the locking mechanism for the strings that hold up the blinds. Inside there is a little brass "gear" that, although I haven't tried it yet, looks like the perfect scale zimmeritt tool. I have already begun to forge it into a real tool with a handle and all. I just wanted to let you guys know just in case someone was throwing out some blinds you may want to check them out for this handy little treasure. I will try to post some pictures of the finished tool by the end of the week.

Z.
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Posted: Friday, February 27, 2009 - 05:29 AM UTC
Very cool, Great attention to detail! Hooah!
Grumpyoldman
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Posted: Friday, February 27, 2009 - 08:46 AM UTC
If they are of the old metal slats variety, they make excellent flexible guides for re-scribing panel lines, especially on aircraft.
EMT5911
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Posted: Friday, February 27, 2009 - 08:48 AM UTC
No they were plastic.
tlivancso
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Posted: Friday, March 20, 2009 - 03:45 AM UTC
I have replaced many sets of blinds and every time I do I save the slats wether they are the metal ones or the plastic ones.

They have a number of uses:

The metal ones can be used as scribing guidesas mentioned above, or used for making grab handles and straps since the material is thin enough to be cut with a good pairs of shears and it bends up well, you can also use it to create special shaped scribing templates.

The plastic ones are good for use as card stock for scrap building or to spray paint on to practice new techniques or to see what the color would look like when dry.

Cheers,
Thom
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