Japanese plane mallets Blog
Since I have quite a few Japanese planes now and they are more and more in use, I wanted Japanese plane hammers or mallets to make adjustments.
This especially since some of my planes are vintage and I could see how much the irons were damaged after years of use.
They are also used to strike on wood or delicate tools.
The Japanese chisels are used with a hammer not a mallet.
As so often Toshio Odate has been a source of inspiration, also sucking the web and my love for design.
As you can see this project is also from the archive.
First a little fun on the lathe a convex and a concave.
This for design but also to make a small light and a big heavy mallet.
(Notice the wood had a natural smiley).
Strips for handles are cut.
Drill press set for dead centre in the ‘drill round stuff’ jig.
So a series of holes can be drilled through the heads.
Next step is to clean up.
I play a little with hammers here, trying my Japanese blacksmiths hammer and my carvers mallet, just for fun.
I prefer a ordinary Japanese hammer, but the blackshiths hammer is also quite fine, due to the weight distribution.
Handles are fitted.
A cut in the centre for a wedge are made.
More clean up.
And with English cabinetmakers chisels.
Again just to play and compare.
For paring I prefer the English and for chopping the Japanese.
Now a metal ruler for drawing the curved sides.
Cutting and sanding.
Rounding the sides a little and here we are ready to be used.
I have used them a lot by now and really like them.
The small one is living by my sharpening station.
Hope this blog can inspire to some tool making, after all, the tools you make always become special, no matter the nationality.
-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.