|Project by Texasgaloot||posted 07-28-2008 05:38 AM||2149 views||3 times favorited||10 comments|
(Film noir narrative mode active:)
So I’m working on a large project that is going to need a lot of tenons. With tenons, of course, come mortises. I figured I’m going to be chopping mortises with my crispy new Sorby chisel, and my old faithful Estwing leather-gripped hammer, while a noble tool indeed, is not what I need to be banging on the blunt end of a chisel with. Furthermore, I had a block of 8/4 purpleheart laying around, as well as a couple of pieces of mesquite rejectd from the local sawmill, so I decided I would laminate a couple of mallets, one large and one small. The large one is purpleheart with a red oak core and handle. The handle is a work in progress, although it does have a sweet spot developing nicely. It was supposed to be a bit larger than it is, but as I was cutting corners (literally) and not using Galoot-methods in order to save some time, my 1/2” round over bit launched a purpleheart bullet from one upper corner. I have integrated the experience into my central processor which yields that while purple heart is so hard it will burn before the belt sander sands it, it is extremely brittle, a fact I will need to be aware of before I actually hit something with it. On the other hand, the smaller of the two mallets is made with all native Texas woods; mesquite, with a cedar handle. Cedar is probably a stupid choice for a handle, but I was interested in a little sensory gratification—it smelled SO good, and it pared SO sweetly. Tried out Japanese chisels for the first time, and was very surprised. Very nice. Also tried wedged tenons for the first time—my hands hurt so much from fitting them that it’s hard to type, but they look slick. Tell me what you think!
-- There's no tool like an old tool...