New Tools For The Workshop

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Project by OttoH posted 12-03-2011 06:05 PM 2246 views 2 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I found myself needing some new tools for the workshop so I went into my scrap woodpile and made a few. First I turned a new wooden mallet, I found the heaviest piece of wood I could in the pile and went from there. After cleaning it up and cutting it square I found that it had some nice features to it, but I was worried about it splitting in the future. So I turned some squared grooves near the end of the head and wrapped it with some nylon craft string that I had sitting around from another project. I laid some Gorilla Glue into the slots and wound it while it was on the lathe, between each layer I added more glue and then finished it off with glue over the top layer. I turned the handle out of some walnut to fit my hand with the thumb extended.

I also found a scratch awl kit at my local Woodcraft store, they were on sale for $5, I turned a comfortable handle for it and use it quite extensively for making the needed marks on my projects.

The last thing is really more of a convenience item than a tool. I drink a lot of water and I have a favorite cup that I use all the time. I do not like the additional flavor of sawdust in my water so I turned a cap for the cup. It sits about ½ an inch down over the lip of the cup and does a great job of keeping the water clean.

-- I am responsible for how I respond to everything in my life - - Deadwood SD

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#1 posted 12-03-2011 06:29 PM

Heh – I know what you mean about the sawdust in the beverage. It turns out hickory dust does not impart the same flavor enhancement to coffee as the smoke does to bacon.

I have a lathe, but I’m not much of a turner – how would you go about making the cap?

-- "A man may conduct himself well in both adversity and good fortune, but if you want to test his character, give him power." - Abraham Lincoln

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#2 posted 12-03-2011 07:00 PM

Great job on allof them.

-- Chuck, wiswood2

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#3 posted 12-03-2011 09:04 PM

Nice shop made tools. Good job.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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Brian S

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#4 posted 12-03-2011 10:31 PM

Nice looking tools. I would never have thought of using the nylon string to prevent splitting (maybe I should have, since my mallet recently split!), that’s a clever idea. The walnut you used for the handle is absolutely gorgeous.

I have the same problem with sawdust in my drink. Usually I just set a piece of scrap wood on it, but I like this better.

Thanks for sharing.

-- Brian

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#5 posted 12-03-2011 11:05 PM

Nice looking tools. I thought the string was purpleheart at first. I think the string will work better.

Like Brian, usually just grab a scrap piece to cover my drink. Your cover is way better.

-- Karen - a little bit of stupid goes a long way

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#6 posted 12-04-2011 12:27 AM


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#7 posted 12-04-2011 01:08 AM

Necessity is the mother of invention. You aanswered the call and makd some very useful tools. Great going and thanks for sharing. That awl handle is super!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#8 posted 01-01-2014 09:16 PM

Very nice tools. I especially envy that awl. I should put that on my list.


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