|Project by rwyoung||posted 05-14-2010 05:58 AM||4082 views||2 times favorited||12 comments|
I’ve been piddling around with hammered veneer. So far, without a veneer hammer. I’d just take a scrap of hardwood, round the edge and wax it a bit. Works but a bit frustrating when the wax rubs off and you start to glue down your hammer… 8-(
So a little strip of brass from the hardware store a trip to the scrap bin and viola! Veneer hammer.
Head is cherry, handle is hububalli (snake wood). I realized too late that I put in the wedge with the grain instead of against the grain of the head but oh well. If it splits, it splits. I’ll just have to make another one! :)
After the oil and wax on the head has a chance to set up and I can buff it out I’ll re-polish the brass edge and give it a try.
Other than drilling the hole for the handle, another 100% handtool project! The narrowest blade I have for my plow plane is 1/8” but the brass is wider. So I cut off some extra pieces, filed them a bit and used them as wedges plus epoxy to hold the “blade”. Again, if this fails, I can remake some wooden wedges to hold in the brass blade. But then again you aren’t supposed to be pressing THAT hard with these things.
Shaped the handle using a spoke shave and rasp. Snakewood is some wierd stuff, grain goes all over the place.
Shaped the head with a combination of chisel work to rough in the radius corners, then the chisel again to start the round-over. And finally a block plane to bring the round-over even all the way round. A quick hit with some 150 took out the last of the facets.
-- Don't sweat the petty things and don't pet the sweaty things.