|Project by KCConst||posted 03-27-2015 08:08 PM||1036 views||0 times favorited||4 comments|
I have been envious of the tool makers in the group so I thought I would make a few of my own..I’m not sure where the belong since they’re just for me working in my shop. I hope the right image shows up. Sorry my picture taking skills aren’t that good (I don’t prepare and consider lighting etc. I’d rather just work with wood.
so the mallet on the left is a dead blow type with 2 golf ball sized cavities with about 80% filled with steel be sized shot.the handle is a wedge type that I have come to like seeing here in LJ from the “little tapper” influence. Handle is white oak, cherry and some beautiful walnut burl. I also drilled out a 3^ forstner pocket about 1/16 deep to accept a circle cut of soft tanned leather.
I also made a awl with a twist. Heated the steel twisted it , then I heat treated for case hardening and cool ground it. The handle it a gob of left over walnut. I love the appearance of walnut sap wood (UNSTEAMED) against its natural dark Missouri heartwood.
The 3rd tool was a small saw. I had Japanese pull saw break a few teeth so I salvaged a segment of it, cut a slot in a 3/8” dia. piece of brass and a walnut burl handle. I’ll use it for everything requiring clean cuts and precision.
The next tool was a chisel mallet. White oak, walnut, and a spiral cut relief that I filled with epoxy. I was trying to get some epoxy to turn blue using chalk dust but could only get it to a green-blue (because of its starting yellow tinge).
Finally again in the vein of the “little tapper” wedge handle, I used a couple 1/4” (or less) rips of straight grain white oak with a walnut wedge. The head I just turned some glued up white oak and cherry. I was thirsty so the keg shape seemed appropriate. The real awakening was the leather wrapped handle. Extremely comfortable.. I’ll be doing more of those. A nice tender soft grip.
To those in the group that coordinate/participate in the tool swaps etc. I’d like to know where to look, when the next one is, if there are plans already in motion and how it all works. Need help from someone to point me to the resources.
-- "Don't let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do" Wooden