There are times in our lives ‘where the pressures that be’ cause one to seek some relief, relaxation and/or solitude. At any rate my woodshop is just that escape. Its like this vessel which I step into and escape to the betterworlds.
I have been wanting to make me some small hand planes here recently…like real small. The kind that would be great for some small detailing on palm size projects even. I located some old chisels that would fit the bill just fine. Older chisels made back in a time when metal was almost always ‘good metal.’
So during one of my most recent voyages, I cut the blades out of two chisels. Being the re-purpose individual that I am, I couldn’t throw away the handles.
I initially attempted to leave the remaining portion of the tool tang protruding from the red handle. I was going to shorten it up a bit and just leave it there as I did in the earlier mallet. Well impatience ruined that idea. Got the piece too hot by being too aggressive with the angle grinder. Of course, the plastic softened up around that tang and allowed the tang to be pulled out.
As a result, you can see my hole is off-centered.
No biggie- just regroup!
Now I have this little friend that can provide forward assists.
If you would like to check out the earlier hammer which is a heavier, beefier version of a mallet/hammer, then check out that cool tapper here.
-- Chris Harrell - custom callmaker "Quacky Calls" Eastern NC. http://www.quackycalls.com