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Blog entry by Brit posted 01-30-2012 07:48 PM 1993 reads 0 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So there I was killing some time on a wintery Sunday afternoon by surfing ebay when SWMBO said: ”Will you go to the supermarket to pick up a chicken and some fresh vegetables for dinner?” Reluctantly I agreed.

Now I don’t know about you, but I hate supermarkets. Personally, when it comes to food shopping, I’m a quick in and out kind of guy. I know what I want and where it is. I fill my basket double quick time and heaven help anyone who gets in my way. So after entering the shop, I quickened my pace and made straight for the chickens. Just then without so much as a hand signal, a little old lady turned her trolley right in my path causing me to take a sharp right up the cooking utensils aisle. Suddenly I slammed on the brakes. A rather fetching beech meat tenderizer had caught my eye. Like most woodworkers, I generally devote one brain cell to everyday activities whilst the bulk of my massive intellect is dreaming of tools and projects. I gazed at the meat tenderizer, caressed it in my hands and thought: PLANE ADJUSTING MALLET. Cost: £2.50. I can’t make it for that I thought, so in the basket it went.

On my way out I wizzed down the vegetable aisle, collected some broccoli and cauliflower and headed for home. When I got in, I put the vegetables in the fridge. Then I got back in my car and returned to the supermarket to get the freakin’ chicken. DOH!!!

The next day, I took a cheap Japanese saw and gently sawed next to the metal bit, ready to stop when I hit metal. It turned out that it was only held on by a central spigot and once I’d sawed all the way around the circumference, I easily levered it off with a screwdriver. So this is what I had to work with.

The hole was about 20mm deep.

As luck would have it, I had an off-cut of dowel that was just the right size to plug the hole. I squeezed some glue in there and since I was working in the kitchen, I used a piece of spaghetti to spread the glue up the walls.

I bashed in the dowel…

... and sawed it off just proud of the surface.

While the glue was still wet I rasped, filed and sanded it flat, filling any tiny holes with the saw dust. Then I rounded the end and gave it a coat of BLO.

Total project time: 15 minutes.

Of course I’ve still got the metal bit left over, but that’s sure to come in handy if I ever decide to make the dearly beloved a meat tenderizer. :-)

-- Andy -- Old Chinese proverb say: If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it.



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Smitty_Cabinetshop

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#1 posted 01-30-2012 07:52 PM

Bravo!

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive

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Mauricio

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#2 posted 01-30-2012 08:09 PM

ha ha ha, nice!

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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#3 posted 01-30-2012 09:10 PM

it fits nicely with the square.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.com

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Brit

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#4 posted 01-30-2012 09:16 PM

I thought I’d better put a Bridge City square in the picture to show I’m not always a cheapskate. :-)

-- Andy -- Old Chinese proverb say: If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it.

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#5 posted 01-30-2012 09:48 PM

Great job, Andy. I’m glad you used your Japanese saw for the task and not one of your nicely restored back saws. Can’t go wrong for £2.50! Did it come from Tesco’s? (That’s the only UK supermarket I know of). :-)

You can use the metal piece as a texturizer of some sort.

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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Brit

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#6 posted 01-30-2012 09:50 PM

Thanks Brandon. Not Tescos, another one called Sainsburys.

-- Andy -- Old Chinese proverb say: If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it.

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Don W

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#7 posted 01-30-2012 09:53 PM

you need to buy another one, grind the nubbys flat, wrap it with leather, stick it back on. I’m not sure what you’d use it for, but it would be a cool leather mallet.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.com

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Brandon

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#8 posted 01-30-2012 10:05 PM

Don has a great idea there! I’m gonna have to check my local supermarket, but I’m sure it wouldn’t be beech—probably acacia wood from Asia.

I have been to a Sainsburys, but the one I went to was more of a convenience store than a supermarket.

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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hhhopks

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#9 posted 01-31-2012 01:50 AM

Very impressive.

-- I'll be a woodworker when I grow up. HHHOPKS

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#10 posted 01-31-2012 02:44 AM

Andy, I like your good ‘ole Yankee ingenuity. Hmmmm. At 2.5 pounds, 15 minutes and a dowel, you could buy meat tenderizers, convert them to plane mallets and sell them for 7.50 pounds at AndyTools.com. Of course you’ll add burn a cool logo into the wood. I’m seeing the letters AT Sheffield. A touch of panache.

-- "People's lives are their own rewards or punishments."

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Brit

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#11 posted 01-31-2012 03:33 AM

You might have something there Brad. I can see it now…

-- Andy -- Old Chinese proverb say: If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it.

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#12 posted 01-31-2012 05:46 AM

wait!! were’s Al, It’s hammer time.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.com

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#13 posted 02-01-2012 11:12 PM

Andy, I like the Web banner. You better reserve that url before someone else swipes it! I’m also liking Don’s hammer time reference. So your first tool could be called something like “The Hammertime Plane Mallet.” Order now, quantities are limited!

I hope you’ll post a video snippet of you using it to adjust your plane. I for one don’t have much experience with woodies but I’m always on the prowl when I’m out picking tools.

“Like most woodworkers, I generally devote one brain cell to everyday activities whilst the bulk of my massive intellect is dreaming of tools and woodworking…”

Hmmm. When I recounted that snippet to my lady she just looked at me with a sweet, knowing smile. As if to say, “You just described yourself to a ‘t’.” Now I ask you all, just where does she get that from?

-- "People's lives are their own rewards or punishments."

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mafe

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#14 posted 02-07-2012 10:24 AM

Lovely idea Andy!
That sure is fast easy cheap.inking.
I was also thining as I read the blog that it would become a leather mallet.
Love the the thinking.
Best thoughts my friend,
Mads

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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