|Project by Peter Brown||posted 02-23-2015 09:53 PM||8119 views||55 times favorited||37 comments|
As a woodworker there are certain projects you are required to make.
Step Stool? Check!
Cutting Board? End-grain if you can….
Crosscut Sled? Absolutely.
Shop Mallet? Why not try something a bit different…
HDPE is the plastic used in many household containers including gallon sized milk jugs. It’s a dense and highly versatile material that can be easy processed and shaped with the woodworking tools already in your shop.
I made a video a while back on the processing of HDPE using a blender and toaster oven. Well, I’ve been banned from touching the kitchen blender! So now I’m just rough cutting the plastic with a razor knife. Honestly? It works fine.
I had to melt down about 7 milk jugs and 3 powdered lemonade containers just to get enough HDPE to make my mallet head. It took a number of hours to process it all.
The handle of the mallet is made from a nice cherry board and adds a nice warm contrast to the plastic! This mallet packs a punch and is quite heavy given it smaller size!
Thanks for looking!
-- Peter Brown - Collector of WD-40 and wood splinters