New Tools For The Workshop

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Project by OttoH posted 949 days ago 1340 views 1 time 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.

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#1 posted 949 days ago

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?

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#2 posted 949 days ago

Great job on allof them.

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#3 posted 949 days ago

Nice shop made tools. Good job.

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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Brian Shourd

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#4 posted 949 days ago

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 949 days ago

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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matt garcia

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#6 posted 949 days ago


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Jim Jakosh

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#7 posted 948 days ago

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 189 days ago

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


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