Repurposed #2: The smaller woodworking chisel turned woodshop mini mallet

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Blog entry by Chris posted 06-16-2015 07:46 AM 2624 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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There are times in our lives where the pressures that be cause one to seek relief. My woodshop is just that escape. Its the vessel I step into and escape to the better worlds.

I have been wanting to make me some small hand planes here recently…like real small. I located some old chisels that would fit the bill just fine. The beatup chisels had a new purpose coming and didn’t know it. I couldn’t throw away the handles.

I initially attempted to leave the remaining portion of the tool tang protruding from the red handle. I was going to shorten it up a bit and just leave it there as I did in the earlier mallet: Well impatience ruined that idea. Got the piece too hot by being too aggressive with the angle grinder. Of course, the plastic softened up around the tang and allowed the tang to be pulled out.

As a result, you can see my hole is off-centered.

No biggie- just regroup!

Now I have this little friend which can provide forward assists.

If you would like to check out the earlier tapper here.


-- Chris Harrell - custom callmaker ---

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Jim Rowe

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#1 posted 06-16-2015 08:10 AM

A neat way to give a second life to those handles.

-- It always looks better when it's finished!

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#2 posted 06-16-2015 12:46 PM

Another neat little (and very useful) tool!

So it looks like the only thing left is the metal button that came off the end of the handle. What’cha gonna do with that? Huh? Huh?

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#3 posted 06-16-2015 05:59 PM

The metal button- I am not sure what I am going to use it for just yet. Has my wheels turning just as yours Joe…LOL

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