Outfitting the workshop #5: One of the inestimable pleasures of being a Lumberjock...making your own tools!

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Blog entry by Mark Shymanski posted 02-13-2011 07:42 AM 1667 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 4: The Ceiling is done! Part 5 of Outfitting the workshop series Part 6: Tacit approval to build a bench!!! »

Well there are probably a lot of other things I should have covered in the outfitting of my shop before I posted this, but I’d probably never manage to post anything if I did it in chronological order :-)

Any way I am working on a two step red oak step stool for my shop (I am hoping that Jenn sees it and determines the ugly metal one in the kitchen belongs in the shop and that this ‘ugly’ piece of shop furniture belongs in the house LOL!). The construction requires some mortise and tenon joints, great I love using my handy dandy mortise and gooseneck chisels but hate hitting them with my trusty claw hammer. Suddenly a light goes off in my head, ‘You are a lumberjock you should just make your own mallet!’. So that is what I did, I recruited my trusty shop helpers (here seen actually out of sequence applying glue)


Cut out the pieces and fit them with my trusty LV BU block plane

Clamp them together after the afore mentioned helpers glued them up for me (messy but great fun…don’t tell Jenn we did this in the nice warm kitchen !)

Then wait for the glue to dry…

Is it wrong to try to estimate how many workbenches are in this floor?

Now back home to take the clamps were off and this is what resulted…

Now find some time to run out to the shop and use the bandsaw to trim off everything that doesn’t look like a mallet and the block plane to smooth out what is left…

I left the handle extra long so I can get a feel for the balance, or if a game of croquet suddenly breaks out LOL! I tried it early this morning and it has just the right heft, and feels really good hitting the mortising chisel nice and solid but with out that disturbing feel that using the metal hammer had. I just kind of eyeballed everything and just happened to have some red oak bits left over from the step stool project…now where did that top step go ?!?

Thanks for reading!

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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#1 posted 02-13-2011 01:58 PM

I wont tell her .-)
and shophelpers don´t so you better not talk when you sleep …lol
I like the alternetive waiting time and let you calculate the amount of workbenches :-)
Lauren and Poul you did a great glue job
take care

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#2 posted 02-13-2011 04:40 PM

I’ve got two benches out of my piece of bowling alley.

Nice looking helpers.

Nice looking mallet.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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