Thump Stump

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Project by Cliff posted 10-09-2014 06:02 AM 1762 views 1 time favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My Brother sometimes needs to make Gaskets, Washers, Small Templates out of Leather, Plastic and Cardboard. This requires a hard surface to thump them out with a punch or shaped implement on a solid surface.
My Solution to this is what I have called a “THUMP STUMP” . It is 7 Inches High. 6 Inches in Diameter and Weighs 7 Pounds. It is made from mostly very old hardwood. The Finish is 6 coats of Danish Oil.
I have recently become obsessed with rattling through my ‘Bits & Pieces’ Boxes of Wood late at night and getting all sorts of ideas for Gluing and creating. That is how this project began. It just seems impossible to now regard any bit of wood as scrap to be chucked out.
As you can see in the pictures, all the grain runs long ways apart from the cap, and the turning is basic spindle turning between centres. I find the Robert Sorby Steb Centres to be really great. As a very Novice Wood Worker I found this Project to be a lot of fun and the gluing and joining and measuring to be a good practical exercise. I don’t have a planer/thicknesser so all the straight edges were cut on the Table Saw and Band Saw.

Kind regards to all Lumber Jocks. Happy Woodworking.


-- Cliff Australia : Snoring is good. It blows away all the Sawdust.

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#1 posted 10-09-2014 08:55 AM

Great use of your bits and pieces Cliff, looks to good to be used for thumping but surely your brother will go easy on it. Nice use of the grain and finish.

-- Bob C, Australia. Your best teacher is your last mistake.

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#2 posted 10-09-2014 12:39 PM

Looks well made and at 7 lbs should thump the heck out of anything. Nice work on the glue up with different woods.
All you need is a handle on this and you would have one heck of a mallet. lol

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#3 posted 10-09-2014 12:42 PM

nicest thumping block I’ve ever seen.

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#4 posted 10-09-2014 05:03 PM

That thumping block is to nice to use!! Nice going, Cliff!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#5 posted 10-09-2014 08:34 PM

G’day Bob. Thanks for the comments and compliments, my Brother took delivery of his Thump Stump last night and was pleased with his new toy. The Danish Oil is a pleasure to use, so easy to apply. Thanks Mate.



Hi Dave, Thank you for comments. Yes a handle would make it a heck of a mallet. However I should have explained the use for the stump a little better. The Stump itself itself stays where it is on a work bench and is intended only as a solid base to thump on, hence the name Thump Stump.


Hi ratchet. glad you like it.



Hi Jim, Thanks Mate, my Brother will be itching to Thump away on his new stump. When I was a kid we had a big old wooden house stump which was used for chopping the heads off Chooks (Chickens) which were roasted and became Sunday Dinner. It was also handy after a fishing trip to chop up a fish to throw to the Cat.



-- Cliff Australia : Snoring is good. It blows away all the Sawdust.

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#6 posted 10-09-2014 11:10 PM

Very awesome! I hate wasting scraps too…:D

-- Sue~ Mad Jester Woodworks, "Not what I have, but what I do is my kingdom" Thomas Carlyle

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#7 posted 10-09-2014 11:26 PM

Hi Sue/Susan, thank you for looking and I totally agree with you regarding not wasting scraps.


-- Cliff Australia : Snoring is good. It blows away all the Sawdust.

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