Plane setting mallet of unusual dimensions

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Project by Bertha posted 12-02-2012 11:57 PM 1751 views 2 times favorited 30 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I know this is boring stuff, but I need to prove that I’m still in the shop;)
I’m working through some plane setting gift mallets for some of my planehead friends on this great site. This one is of 3/4” brass from McMaster (who, as I’ve said many times before, has the most freaky shipping speed of any company I’ve ever dealt with; If I had three thumbs, I’d put them all up). Cheap, too.
This is simply a rosewood spindle piece that I brought down to 3/8 on the lathe (EZwood finisher). Took is from 120 to 2000. I used a freaky mix to finish it: local beeswax, turp, and a good bit of shredded PennState PPP light and dark bars. I leave a bit cake of local beeswax floating in the mixture and over a few months, it dissolves. I’m no scientist, but it’s a really cool mixture (I actually have the actual ratio concoction if anyone’s interested). I chucked the raspy 3/8” end into my drill press and dressed the dimple left from the tail stock. I left the tenon really dirty.
I made a pneumatic press back when I was in my pen phase and I started pressing the tenon into the brass, shaving a bit, pressing again, you know the drill. When it was well seated, I burned both sides with a Dagger and you couldn’t twist the head with all your might. This is the first time I’ve tried this.
I like the heavier weight of the large brass rod. I can’t recall which brass I ordered, but it’s heavy. I also like the shortness of the handle. I can’t really say why, though.
Anyway, I appreciate you looking at it.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#1 posted 12-03-2012 12:01 AM

Nice Al.

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#2 posted 12-03-2012 12:04 AM

Cool mallet Al.Can you describe “burned both sides with a dagger”? It went over my head.

-- I don't drive a Prius.

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#3 posted 12-03-2012 12:12 AM

Hog, I got the tenon as tight as I possibly could under a 1 ton jack pressure, then I burnt both sides with a woodburning tool (Dagger). I’d swear it tightened that thing up tighter than Stef’s Fleshlight.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#4 posted 12-03-2012 12:21 AM

Aww haa.Cool,thanks.

I thought Stef WAS the fleshlight??

-- I don't drive a Prius.

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#5 posted 12-03-2012 12:43 AM

Nice little wacker.
Seems like you had a nice little time making it too.

Love your finger thingy.
Reminded me of this:


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#6 posted 12-03-2012 12:46 AM

Very nice

-- Custom furniture

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#7 posted 12-03-2012 12:51 AM

Nice mallet.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#8 posted 12-03-2012 12:53 AM

Very nice, Al.

-- Mos - Twin Cities, MN -- Stanley #45 Evangelist -

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#9 posted 12-03-2012 12:55 AM

Great handle on that mallet!!!!!!!!!!Thanks for sharing…..........Jim

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

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#10 posted 12-03-2012 01:00 AM

Nice proportions on the mallet Al!

Thanks for posting.

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#11 posted 12-03-2012 01:25 AM

Nice hammer Al and your buddy looks a lot like my assistant.

Maybe they are related.

-- Greg in Ontario, Canada

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#12 posted 12-03-2012 01:34 AM

You can whack in style now!

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#13 posted 12-03-2012 02:58 AM

Nice and well proportioned love the handle .
Looks like there is order in the plane court or else !!!!!!!!!!!

-- Kiefer 松

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#14 posted 12-03-2012 04:34 AM

Stylish Al.
What is the dry weight of a plug like that? What is that end grain goodness you are displaying it on?

Thanks for sharing.

-- ~Tony

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#15 posted 12-03-2012 05:19 AM

Nicely Done Al, if this doesn’t make the top 40 of the day I will be shocked…...

-- What we do in life will Echo through Eternity........

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