|Project by gepatino||posted 07-27-2014 06:54 PM||701 views||0 times favorited||1 comment|
One good thing about home working is that if you find yourself stuck at something, or with some free time, you can use for whatever you want.
This tuesday I had a free afternoon, and inspired by Izzy Swan’s son (http://youtu.be/yeE675LYlHU) took a couple of pieces of firewood from the pile and made myself a mallet in two or three hours.
I think the wood is poplar I’ve cut some weeks ago from a small tree some kids chopped this summer in our backyard. It was destined to be a part of the family asado this weekend, but it’s now a (hopefully) usefull tool.
I cleaned the bark with a pocket knife, make the mortise and tenon with chisels, and lock the tennon with a dowel.
Then some sanding to 150 grit, and one coat of tung oil.
I have to be more carefull in what I think you call the ‘make or break’ moment: when drilling the hole for the dowel I didn’t want to go all the way to avoid chipping in the other side, but I hammered the dowel too hard and split the other side anyways… the result in pic number 5. I must think twice before acting..
It’s a nice mallet anyway, and price tag is an absolute 0 since I used nothing but firewood, tools I already had, and a piece of cord I found around.
It’s not that heavy, but I think it would be enough to hammer some chisels or some tennons/dowels.
Well… that if I can take the mallet from Felipe, who should be thinking I made him a Thor’s hammer…