Repurposed #2: The smaller woodworking chisel turned woodshop mini mallet

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Blog entry by Chris posted 06-16-2015 07:46 AM 1395 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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There are times in our lives ‘where the pressures that be’ cause one to seek some form of relief, aid, assistance, 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 tooling 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 simply could not throw away the handles left over.

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. That now, hot piece of tang shifted in the molten plastic portion of the handle.

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 hammer here.


-- Chris Harrell - custom callmaker "Quacky Calls" Eastern NC.

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Jim Rowe

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#1 posted 06-16-2015 08:10 AM

A neat way to give a second life to those handles.

-- It always looks better when it's finished!

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#2 posted 06-16-2015 12:46 PM

Another neat little (and very useful) tool!

So it looks like the only thing left is the metal button that came off the end of the handle. What’cha gonna do with that? Huh? Huh?

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#3 posted 06-16-2015 05:59 PM

The metal button- I am not sure what I am going to use it for just yet. Has my wheels turning just as yours Joe…LOL

-- Chris Harrell - custom callmaker "Quacky Calls" Eastern NC.

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