I always forget to take pictures so it goes from mounted on the lathe to nearly done. I knocked the corners off on the tablesaw. The bandsaw would have been my first choice but mine only has a carbon steel blade and ipe can damage carbon steel. I only have 2 types of turning tools, carbon steel (cs) and carbide (note to self: really need to get some HSS tools), so it was carbide on the head and c.s. on the maple. The ipe machined nicely but carbide tends to tear out more than steel so ...
The handle is 2 pieces of 4/4 maple about 2×12 inches. The head is 4 pieces of 4/4 reclaimed ipe about 2.5×7 inches. Getting the ipe flat without a jointer was trial and error. Hand planes dull after a few strokes and I didn’t want to risk my planer knives, so it was a matter of using the table saw and skimming a little at a time until the pieces were reasonably flat. “Reasonably” meant a little more clamping pressure than usual but at least with ipe you donR...
When i mentioned to my brother that i needed him to cut stuff with his chainsaw he came right over.. Keep in mind this wood is very very green. I sealed the endgrain to prevent checking.I used a draw knife to strip the bark off two thirds of the log before we started on the next step. He was so intrigued with the project he wanted one of is own as well, so I set him aside a log as well. I clamped the log down to some gluelam slabs I had outfront. We cut across the grain a...
About this mallet. While straightening the shop last night a moved this mystery mallet for the thousandth time. It has been sitting around since making at the Woodwrights School with Brandon about a year ago. I never finished it because something wasn’t right. I’d study it occasional and, uninspired, move it to yet another spot in the shop. Finally, I picked up a pencil. The head is too square and the handle too bulky. So, I clamped it in the vise and grabbed my spokeshave a...
The other day I was driving home and noticed a neighbor had cut back a tree and had some limbs at the curb. I see this fairy often and very rarely stop to grab anything in it’s raw state. I have a very limited space and have no means to resaw limbs into planks/boards. For some strange reason I stopped immediately, that tree looks different, I thought to myself, It didn’tLook like the other trees in my area… Hmmm I loaded up as much as I could fit into the back and head...
I love Autumn. Okay, so, this post isn’t technically about woodworking, though it does involve some tools… In my yard I’ve got a decent size shagbark hickory tree, along with about 5 others that have spread from this “mother tree”. Mixed in this area are a couple oaks, box elders and a smattering of chokecherries. I have had the kids out with me the last few days, and they had a blast picking up the nuts from the big hickory tree, blown out in some pret...
Spent the night in with the family last night. Which was fine because I wanted to let the glue set a bit longer before doing anything that might stress the joints. So no progress made last night but got started early this morning. Took the head out of the clamps and cleaned up and flattened the top and bottom. Then using the string trick I figured out the angle for the faces to be cut at. Scored some nice deep lines for the cuts and got to cuttin’ Then turned my att...
A few months ago I made a simple mallet out of an oak cut off and a 1” dowel. It has done a good job but has always been a bit on the light side and has started splitting on the top from trying to use it to chop some mortises. Well, last night it finally just gave up. One face is still usable but I think it’s time for it to retire.. I have been planning an upgrade ever since I finished the first one but never really had the motivation to put some other projects on hold...
2 Years ago I helped my son Jonathan build a wooden mallet, see widget above. This year the fair come up, The Del Mar Far, and he decided to enter his mallet. He did well, he made 1st place… Better yet me had best of show… Better yet he came home with $25.
The other day I received my new Bad Ass Nice Ash. What a beauty. Just as advertised. Then I needed to adjust it all I had was a 5 oz. ball peen, a framing hammer and a major wood adjuster. None of those worked. The ball peen came the closest but the metal just had too much force.So I decided to embark on making some wooden mallets to adjust the small beast. Below are some pic’s of the fun I had making tools to adjust the new tool. The smallest is the best for very small a...
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