Hand Tool Challenge: Best Project With Only Chisel + Mallet

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Forum topic by gargey posted 08-16-2016 03:23 PM 1644 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-16-2016 03:23 PM

Topic tags/keywords: milling carving joining

Here are the rules:

Build the most impressive project you can with only a chisel and a mallet. You have to start with a tree, and chop it down with the chisel and the mallet.

Projects will be judged in 5 years, on August 16, 2021.

The grand prize winner gets a $5 gift card to Baskin Robbins.

Ready, set, go!

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#1 posted 08-16-2016 04:51 PM

I guess you could cut down a small sapling first, then use it to make a small axe with the chisel as a blade, then chop down a bigger tree. Then use the chisel and mallet to split off several pieces. Take one piece and chisel it into a crude hand plane that will hold the chisel as the blade. Then you could do most of the building tasks for a small project.

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#2 posted 08-16-2016 05:13 PM

i don’t know if i can do this or not. My schedule is pretty busy…can we get more time?

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#3 posted 08-16-2016 05:34 PM

Nope, deadline is final, only 5 years. Sorry.

Very creative bobasaurus, you’ve taken the lead.

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#4 posted 08-17-2016 10:31 AM

Bonus points for making the mallet out of the tree?

I have a 1 inch thick olive tree I’m about to bin, this may be a project I can actually do.

So far I have a 360 degree live edge mini rolling pin, 5 years to spare.

-- I've worked out how to sharpen, now how do you get blood out of pine?

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#5 posted 08-17-2016 12:31 PM

Good job Mike. I will try to catch up. I’m still trying to to decide which chisel to use. Major decision.

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#6 posted 02-04-2017 09:06 PM

Is sharpening allowed?

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#7 posted 02-04-2017 09:24 PM

Definitely will need more time.

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#8 posted 02-05-2017 02:22 PM

That might be a schedule I could meet :) Count me in.

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