A few more tools

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Project by KCConst posted 03-27-2015 08:08 PM 1588 views 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have been envious of the tool makers in the group so I thought I would make a few of my own..I’m not sure where the belong since they’re just for me working in my shop. I hope the right image shows up. Sorry my picture taking skills aren’t that good (I don’t prepare and consider lighting etc. I’d rather just work with wood.
so the mallet on the left is a dead blow type with 2 golf ball sized cavities with about 80% filled with steel be sized shot.the handle is a wedge type that I have come to like seeing here in LJ from the “little tapper” influence. Handle is white oak, cherry and some beautiful walnut burl. I also drilled out a 3^ forstner pocket about 1/16 deep to accept a circle cut of soft tanned leather.

I also made a awl with a twist. Heated the steel twisted it , then I heat treated for case hardening and cool ground it. The handle it a gob of left over walnut. I love the appearance of walnut sap wood (UNSTEAMED) against its natural dark Missouri heartwood.

The 3rd tool was a small saw. I had Japanese pull saw break a few teeth so I salvaged a segment of it, cut a slot in a 3/8” dia. piece of brass and a walnut burl handle. I’ll use it for everything requiring clean cuts and precision.

The next tool was a chisel mallet. White oak, walnut, and a spiral cut relief that I filled with epoxy. I was trying to get some epoxy to turn blue using chalk dust but could only get it to a green-blue (because of its starting yellow tinge).

Finally again in the vein of the “little tapper” wedge handle, I used a couple 1/4” (or less) rips of straight grain white oak with a walnut wedge. The head I just turned some glued up white oak and cherry. I was thirsty so the keg shape seemed appropriate. The real awakening was the leather wrapped handle. Extremely comfortable.. I’ll be doing more of those. A nice tender soft grip.

To those in the group that coordinate/participate in the tool swaps etc. I’d like to know where to look, when the next one is, if there are plans already in motion and how it all works. Need help from someone to point me to the resources.

-- "Don't let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do" Wooden

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Don Broussard

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#1 posted 03-27-2015 09:54 PM

KC—Nice job on the shop tools. You will surely enjoy the fruits of your labor. You might consider putting your mark on them. How did you get that swirl on the carving mallet?

Re: the tool swaps. There is a swap going on now, with registration ending in mid-April. Here’s the link to that forum topic.

-- People say I hammer like lightning. It's not that I'm fast -- it's that I never hit the same place twice!

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#2 posted 03-28-2015 11:31 AM

The idea of making my own tools started, for me, with making a joiners mallet (which I broke and will have to make another) and then turning a mallet from a scrap piece of oak which is my sole project on here.

Lovely set of tools you’ve made and I think I’m going to have to laminate some wood to make handles with

-- It's worth every moment of effort you put in if the kids enjoy it!

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#3 posted 03-28-2015 03:16 PM

Thanks for the info on the tool swap Don. I’ll look into it a little further and see if making a plane or spokeshave are possible for me in the remaining time.
Regarding the swirl, it was really pretty simple. I figured out where I wanted the swirl to start and stop, how many times around etc. Sort of roughly estimated it, the I just put down a piece of blue painters tape (not so sticky and easily adjusted) working from the middle out to the ends. Once laid out I took a die grinder and cut a slot right up against the blue tape. Then I pulled the blue tape off and had a perfect starting place to cut the groove at the width I chose (about 1/8”). You could cut/scribe both sides by laying the both out and chisel in between. But I’m not quite that traditional. I started with a die grider and simply increased the width and depth by using progressively larger v shaped cutting blades. Easy to keep a V in the groove.
Thanks again for the directions to the tool swap. I’m going to look forward to it.

-- "Don't let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do" Wooden

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Robert Tutsky

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#4 posted 03-28-2015 09:00 PM

Nice work on your shop made tools. Big advantage making your own tools as you can make them to your own specifications, like making a handle that fits your hand perfectly. In most instances you’ll save money making your own tools.


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