My entry, 2017 surprise swap! For AgentTwitch

  • Advertise with us
Project by jeffswildwood posted 02-14-2017 08:45 PM 1834 views 0 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my swap item for Norm (agentTwitch). I originally wanted to come up with something new and unique, but soon ran out of ideas. Then I got to thinking that there were several swaps I missed out on due to what ever reason and thought that would make a nice theme. I started with the “mallet swap”.

I had never made a mallet before but after several hours of videos I gave it a try. This one is made of walnut and oak. Some wood I had set back for a special occasion. Actually it’s my second. The first I filled with BB’s. I liked it but didn’t trust the wood thickness in the center. Last thing I wanted was BB’s flying around the recipients shop. The angle cuts were my idea and I really liked the shape. Next was a marking gauge from the “marking tool swap”

Again this is something I have never made before. I made this from walnut and curly maple. I looked at several of the prior swap entry’s and a few videos and came up with a design. I used a threaded T-nut for the knob to tighten in place. I now needed a way to attach a blade and struck out every time. My answer came when I saw one with a cutter disk. I used a replacement pipe cutter blade. Worked great. Now I thought I was done, and early! That’s when I found out who my swap recipient was. I looked at AgentTwitch’s profile and it hit me like a ton of bricks! I had one more item that HAD to be done. “Shop art swap”.

This is a sign I made from Norms lumberjocks logo. It took some creative computer work to size it up to fit. I transferred the image with carbon paper and carved it in with a dremel router. It’s made from wormy chestnut and a frame of spalted maple.

All Items were sanded to 600 grit and coated with danish oil. (two coats) and paste waxed at least three times. This is my third swap and I have to say each one gets a little more fun. I hope Norm gets a lot of use and enjoyment out of these items. I would also like to thank Dave (Ka7hy) for running this great swap and all who took part.


-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way that says "I meant to do that".

19 comments so far

View KelleyCrafts's profile


3314 posts in 945 days

#1 posted 02-14-2017 08:50 PM

We have to get Norm a new camera. These looked great when Norm posted them on the thread but wow!!! Great show and the personalized HAND carved logo is awesome. Way better than those jerks who laser in their stuff for their recipient.

That marking gauge is so clean looking. I want one. The last thing I need is another marking gauge but man that thing is stunning, clean, and simple looking. It’s awesome.

Great job buddy!

-- Dave - - pen blanks - knife scales - turning tools

View Lazyman's profile


2644 posts in 1593 days

#2 posted 02-14-2017 10:06 PM

Wow indeed! I’ve seen a lot of DIY mallets but something about this one really makes me think about making one myself. The spalted maple in the sign is also something special. Nicely done. Now all you need is a shop made beer mug to celebrate!

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

View jeffswildwood's profile


3613 posts in 2183 days

#3 posted 02-14-2017 10:41 PM

Thanks for the comments guys, I really had fun being in this swap. Dave, my Son does all my photography. He is in the custom printing business so that is his bread and butter. He does my pics and I do him some woodwork. Also the carving is getting harder with my old eyes. I would love a laser engraver. Nathan, I hope soon to start on that beer/coffee mug. The mallet is sized after, believe it or not, a 5 pound sledge in my shop. Thanks again for looking and the nice comments!

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way that says "I meant to do that".

View ralbuck's profile


5424 posts in 2472 days

#4 posted 02-14-2017 11:20 PM

Very nicely done! I agree on the marking gauge being an actual work of art!

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

View luv2learn's profile


2880 posts in 2508 days

#5 posted 02-15-2017 12:23 AM

All three pieces are awesome looking. Nice job Jeff!!

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

View jeffswildwood's profile


3613 posts in 2183 days

#6 posted 02-15-2017 12:52 AM

Thanks for the compliments guys. ralbuck glad you like the marking guage. I really had a learning curve on this one. Lee, I look for you in one of these swaps one day. Lots of fun! Thanks for the kind comments guys!

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way that says "I meant to do that".

View doubleDD's profile


7902 posts in 2249 days

#7 posted 02-15-2017 01:22 AM

Work well done Jeff. The mallet and marking tool are great and shop art sign was a cool idea. Seems like whenever I try carving with a dremel tool I get the shaky look. LOL>

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

View waho6o9's profile


8525 posts in 2782 days

#8 posted 02-15-2017 01:45 AM

Clean work Jeff with useful items that will last a life time. The plaque is a nice touch for Norms shop, good job!

View Vicki's profile


1106 posts in 3550 days

#9 posted 02-15-2017 02:36 AM

Awesome projects. Very professional.

-- Vicki on the Eastern Shore of MD

View majuvla's profile


13399 posts in 3073 days

#10 posted 02-15-2017 09:52 AM

Nice gadgets!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

View jeffswildwood's profile


3613 posts in 2183 days

#11 posted 02-15-2017 12:33 PM

Thanks for the comments everyone. When I saw I had some time I just had to do the sign. I hope he finds a nice place for it in his shop.

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way that says "I meant to do that".

View JayT's profile (online now)


5962 posts in 2417 days

#12 posted 02-15-2017 12:42 PM

Well done. It’s great to see swap projects being personalized for the recipient.

-- In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock. Thomas Jefferson

View HokieKen's profile (online now)


7190 posts in 1344 days

#13 posted 02-15-2017 01:42 PM

Awesome stuff Jeff! I love the mallet. I love oak and walnut together (very Virginia :-P) but I also REALLY like the hex head! I’m not sure why but I don’t think I’ve ever seen one before. The marking gauge is extremely well executed and that maple is gorgeous and looks wonderful on the Walnut. And the sign is well-done and extremely thoughtful! I’m sure Norm has it proudly displayed in his shop. Love the Chestnut and I’m darned impressed you did that carving freehand with a dremel! Great work buddy!

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

View jeffswildwood's profile


3613 posts in 2183 days

#14 posted 02-15-2017 02:20 PM

Thanks for the comments guys. It’s been fun doing this swap with you all. I chose the woods from what I got from the lumber yard. They seemed to fit nicely. The wormy chestnut was a gift from my BIL. Getting my swap partners name early was a big help. Gave me time to make the sign and complete my swap theme. Thanks for the nice comments. Note: there are two more swaps I missed, the plane and the saw swap.

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way that says "I meant to do that".

View helluvawreck's profile


32087 posts in 3072 days

#15 posted 02-15-2017 02:26 PM

This is a wonderful collection of shop made tools.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

showing 1 through 15 of 19 comments

Have your say...

You must be signed in to post the comments.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics