|Project by RobS||posted 08-30-2007 02:08 AM||5904 views||1 time favorited||13 comments|
During the comment/reply session on my most recent post, Frank inquired about a rasp in one of my pictures. Since I was taking time to post that, I thought I would post two of my shop helpers at once.
A few years ago my Dad pointed out how well the Microplane products work on wood even though many of them started out as kitchen utensils. He ended up giving me his hacksaw blade version to take back home with me. Not wanting to use the hacksaw handle and desiring something to hold it that allowed more control, I decided to look through my supply of salvaged/found/saved, free-form wood that I have stocked up over time, for a more appropriate grip. I selected a strong, light, slightly curved piece of driftwood cedar that I remember picking up during a camping trip at the strangely monikered, Possum Kingdom Lake. Using the Microplane rasp as a guide I determined the length needed and sliced the two mounting spots flat with my radial arm saw. Then I sanded the handle, finished it with Howard’s Feed-and-Wax, and drilled two holes for attaching the rasp. I use it all the time now on all types of wood and contours.
The second item is obviously a mallet, and a hefty mallet at that, with the face at roughly 3 inches in diameter, roughly 13 inches in length and weighing in at 2.2 pounds. The nice thing about this tool is it’s straight from the backyard. While trimming an osage orange (bois d’arc) tree I happened to catch a glimpse of this mallet amongst the fallen branches. After letting it dry some, I removed that bark and shaped the handle with my draw blade. I probably could have done a better job of drying the wood to lessen some of the cracking but I’m not too worried, osage orange is a strong wood and I added a brass band to the handle to help keep those cracks in check. It is nice that it is all one piece and therefore Mother Nature did the joinery for me.
Thanks for looking.
-- Rob (A) Waxahachie,TX