Flyswatter - wood nerds version

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Blog entry by mafe posted 08-29-2016 09:18 PM 1830 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

wood nerds version.

Hi LJ’s here a little looking back at my summer in Turkey.
I basically did no woodworking. It was hot, a normal day temperature was 33 ℃ / 92 ℉, I love this due to the fact I have chronic pain after a spinal neck operation and in the hot dry climate I had only little pain from muscles and nerves but it was too hot for working wood in the day time for a Viking from North.

View from the house this summer in Turkey, as you can see a stone throw from the Aegean Sea, so a lot of fish hunting and eating local grown food. I will make a blog later with a catch up and few woodworking related images.

But yes a little was done, like converting some wood from a beehive frame and a leather left over from a local shoemaker into a flyswatter and this is what this little blog is about.

Freehanding a shape I like.
Wanted to give it a a good swing and a heavy hit, so i guessed this would be the shape.
I bought some sandals from a local shoemaker and he gave me this leather for making a sling, but that’s another story.

Cutting with one of my latest knifes is like cutting in butter.
Yes the first skill any woodworker should learn is to sharpen.

Making a cut in the wood where the leather can be inserted.
Bought myself a Turkish pull saw, no big story to tell, it gets the job done and I like they have a grip that gives a good hold.

Brought one of my old French draw knifes, never know when we need one of these. ;-)

It was time to be creative, since I have no workbench there.
A chair and a rock could give a kind of hold, when the char was held down with the feet.

As you can see it works and if the knife should slip, you can have the nails cut…
I have always been good at using the feet for hold, had some training also with the Japanese woodworker shoes but the biggest challenge is to hold it centred.

More safe in this direction but wood has to be followed, not forced, so direction is a matter of grain direction and not safety.

Half way there.

Not bad I think, it was mounted with shoemakers glue and two toothpick dowels later.

Managed to make a tight joint.

A close up of the wood, the yellow is beeswax.

A rope, two loops and the pressure of your foot.
Another holdfast system, I have tried this before and it is a more safe method.

Lets cut some wood.

Following the grain to avoid tear out.

When I put the leather under it was more easy to avoid it from going from side to side.

Just a good push and the grip is fair.

Final freehand details.

That’s it woodworkers flyswatter.

The test went well.
Have to say it’s the best flyswatter I ever had, it hits fast and hard, so it was worth a little sweat and was in use every day for the rest of the summer.
Ohhh yes and I have to say I like it better than the ugly blue electric one it replaced.

Flyswatter on shaves.

Time for a cold beer and a swim.

Here the house with the orange trees, our little kitchen garden, grapes and yes my new old Jawa motorcycle in front.
Yes it was a wonderful summer in Turkey, my heart is full of joy and good memories, so i look forward to coming back.

Here are the details I did not get to photograph.

Here the pinning of the head.

End of handle got a hole a little loop of wire to hang it.

Hope it can inspire others to hold some wood and swat a fly…

The best of my thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#1 posted 08-29-2016 11:37 PM

What a gorgeous place to spend the summer! I’m not sure I could return to the “city life”.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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Jim Jakosh

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#2 posted 08-29-2016 11:56 PM

Hi Mads. You may not want to go home!! You certainly did woodworking under harsh conditions but you are so creative. Good thing that draw knife did not draw any hide off you!!

Nice work as usual!!

Cheers, my friend…..............Jim

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

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#3 posted 08-30-2016 12:21 AM

Great way to spend a summer, Mads! Thanks so much for posting pictures and stories for us to share in your travels!

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive --

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Joe Lyddon

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#4 posted 08-30-2016 01:53 AM

What some people will do to kill a fly…

... a perfect solution…

... and those are FLIES!!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:

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#5 posted 08-30-2016 10:20 AM

Joe, sweat to swat. ;-) Pls. help me out, where did I write it wrong? I’m a Dane, so it’s not easy to get all the spelling correct – trust me I try the best I can. As I understood it is a fly and several flies…
Smitty, yes it was wonderful, I feel blessed and ready for the winter, will share more as I find the hours.
Jim, It was hard to get back but since my daughter is here in Copenhagen it was well worth it and I feel home by now. Yes I had to use a nail cutter at my hide out… Smiles. I’ll be back.
lew, trust me it was not easy, still feel a little under pressure when walking here in Copenhagen, life moves so fast and the rhythm are more like heavy rock than a symphony. I do love to be back to the shop and to be with my sweet daughter, so I smile and enjoy every day.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#6 posted 08-30-2016 04:37 PM

what a beautiful project to be working on in Turkey, i do have a few suggestions, and i might try one myself, they could be a big seller here in the south, anyway i see a way for you to stay cool, with the long road with no obstructions I think a zip line would be perfect for keeping you cool, have a little motor bike down by the shore line and drive it back down and walk back to your shop on the porch, I also think if you put a full tang of leather down most of your handle I think it will hold up much better especially if your having to get into some heavy duty fly warfare, glue it in with epoxy and then pin it with either wooden or brass pins, maybe brass, you could mushroom the heads and never have to worry about the leather coming out….well isn’t this exactly what you needed, for me to tell you what to do…LOL….well some of this is just some fun on my part, but the fly swatter might be nice with the modifications I have suggested, welcome home Mads, I hope your vacation was relaxing for you, cheers buddy.

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#7 posted 09-01-2016 12:36 PM

Love the pictures and your narrative, Mads! Do you swat with the smooth or the rough side?

-- God bless, Candy

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#8 posted 09-04-2016 04:27 PM

CFrye, Thanks Candy, It depends what the fly likes… Smiles, actually just did, not thinking of what side I used.
Grizz, smiles, I will try to take all of your words in, love it when you ramble like this, like being in your head for a moment. Thanks.
Best of my thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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