|Project by Bertha||posted 384 days ago||1390 views||1 time favorited||30 comments|
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