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Japanese tools #22: Ki-zuchi - Japanese plane mallets Blog

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Blog entry by mafe posted 11-08-2013 08:29 PM 2961 reads 6 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Ki-zuchi
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.


Like this.


More clean up.
Japanese chisels.


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.

Best thoughts,
Mads

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.



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meikou

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#1 posted 11-08-2013 08:41 PM

Lovely job Mads!

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Don W

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#2 posted 11-08-2013 08:48 PM

Nice looking mallets.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.com

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Schwieb

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#3 posted 11-08-2013 09:27 PM

I see several things here that you can make if you can make a trip to Florida.. LOL Nice job Mads. These are both functional and have eye appeal. I have some pieces of deer antler that would make a very nice marking knife handle similar to yours. Had to laugh about the natural smiley face.

-- Dr. Ken, Florida - Durch harte arbeit werden Träume wahr.

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murch

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#4 posted 11-08-2013 09:52 PM

Very cool. I like that little knife in the last pic as well.

-- A family man has photos in his wallet where his money used to be.

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Loren

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#5 posted 11-09-2013 12:59 AM

Oh. you make me envious. You are a connoisseur of
hammers, clearly.

-- http://lawoodworking.com

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#6 posted 11-09-2013 02:16 AM

Very elegant, I like it :)

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#7 posted 11-09-2013 03:49 AM

Thank you Mads-san.
My Japanese is a bit rusty but I believe the concave one is called the Ki-zuchi and the convex one is the Zu-chini :)

-- If you can't joint it, bead it!

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#8 posted 11-09-2013 08:39 AM

Very nicely done Mads and I know how useful they will be. This reminds me that I should be making some myself soon.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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Roger

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#9 posted 11-09-2013 01:54 PM

Nice adjustment tools, Mads.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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mafe

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#10 posted 11-10-2013 01:54 AM

Smiles here.
Roger, thanks.
Stefang, a nice little project for a fine evening in the workshop.
daltxguy,

Big smile.
siavosh, ;-)
murch, .

a knife I made few years back, I named it ‘keep it simple’
Ken, I can easy imagine also a few things I could make in Florida, easy. ;-)
I liked this piece of deer antler and found it a perfect fit for the blade.
Actually this knife lives right over my workbench.
Don, thanks.
Meikou, smiles.
Best thoughts,
Mads

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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Philip

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#11 posted 11-10-2013 02:31 AM

Great looking mallet Mads. I love the smiley face on the mallet, now you can smile every time you use it.

-- I never finish anyth

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mafe

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#12 posted 11-10-2013 04:16 PM

Philip, I had a nick name as a young man: ‘the happy man’, so I guess it fits.
Best thoughts and a smile,
Mads

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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lanwater

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#13 posted 11-12-2013 06:17 AM

Very nice blog as usual Mads.
Quite a display of hand tools. I am still partial t the brass mallet.
I must say those are great looking too.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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mafe

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#14 posted 11-12-2013 01:17 PM

Smiles Ian,

Wall in the new workshop, this might bring you a smile.
(Even the workshop is now under restore, so all my tools are in storage until the new year).

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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Bricofleur

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#15 posted 11-15-2013 04:25 PM

Thanks for the demo, Mads. Well done… again.

Best,

Serge

http://atelierdubricoleur.wordpress.com

-- Learn from yesterday, work today and enjoy success tomorrow. -- http://atelierdubricoleur.wordpress.com

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