|Project by Chelios||posted 03-07-2011 03:59 AM||3516 views||5 times favorited||12 comments|
Here is my Sunday project…I have always wanted to make my own cool tools like Mafe does all the time. He usually writes “I hope this inspires someone” and sure enough as contagious as that bug is, the only remedy is to do something about it.
So the story is that yesterday I was at the Lie Nielsen handtool event in Kansas City, which was great by the way, I have fallen in love with the new shooting plane (500 bucks! passed on that one ) and with the Ariou rasps which I did pick up a couple of those, and I saw those nice little peen hammers ($85) which Mafe mentioned in his brass hammer blog. It was nice and I so much wanted one but couldn’t bring myself to paying for it. Kevin Glen Drake was there too and he had some beautiful little brass mallets but again I could not pay the 80 bucks. So today I went and bought a 7 dollar brass plumb bob because you just don’t get brass around here on Sunday. It was the only brass that seemed appropriate. I chopped off the tip with a hack saw, drilled a hole on my drill press, broke my bit because for some reason brass grabs bits really easy. Then I broke my rat tail file tip opening up the hole. I hand carved a handle from a little piece of cocobolo that I had been saving. And I did that in my room on the carpet because it was cold today and I watched a movie. So net net I am down 7 bucks, a drill bit, a rat tail file and a messy carpet that I had to vacuum but I am up with this little hammer.
I guess it is not as sharp looking as those tools I saw yesterday at the show but my hammer was cheaper, I made it and it will do its purpose for hand plane adjustments. I wish I knew how to polish it shiny again because 400 sandpaper didn’t do the trick.
That is it, Mads this one is in your honor. I hope this might spark another idea somewhere too.
all the best