LumberJocks

After 40 years, 2 firsts

  • Advertise with us
Project by recycle1943 posted 06-16-2020 04:55 PM 1659 views 2 times favorited 35 comments Add to Favorites Watch

About 20 years ago my mother gave me a 5 piece set of Buck Brothers chisels that was part of my step fathers cashe. He was a machinist mate in the U.S. Coast Guard, retired and had passed away prior to the gift. I had always used Irwin plastic handled chisels and a claw hammer.
That set has been hanging in a rack since I got them and has acquired surface rust on all of them. Last week I had occasion to use one of them because I couldn’t find one of the Irwins and I didn’t want to slam it with a steel head hammer so I used a piece of rough cut walnut and it worked out just fine.
  1. 1 ‘first’ – I’m ashamed to say that in all the years I’ve been making things, I never had a mallet. Soooo, utube was called upon.
    I found several versions of wooden mallets and I took the easy way out. I decided to use walnut for the head and maple for the handle since I already had all of the lumber on hand. This probably won’t last too long but that’s OK, I’m not in a hurry.
    The second ‘first’ is the fact that I’ve never had a vise in all these years. Well, I do now and it’s mounted to my work bench. It”s Craftsman 16” with the quick release and as the picture shows, I haven’t bolted and wood to the faces yet. Most likely that won’t happen for another 20 or so years but that’s OK – I’m still not in a hurry
    So now when I have occasion to use a chisel on something I can put it in the vise and clean up a chisel
    and have at it -

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them





35 comments so far

View splintergroup's profile

splintergroup

4987 posts in 2278 days


#1 posted 06-16-2020 05:19 PM

I love finding old tools in the shop that have been buried in a corner for years. It’s very satisfying to put them into service. I had an old record vise much like yours sitting in a box for ever, I finally installed it a while back and now I don’t know who I’d ever do without it.

Your mallet looks like a bruiser! That handle won’t be going anywhere 8^)

The only criticism is you might want to angle the faces depending on your hammering style. They should hit square to your chisel head, Beyond that congrats on the shop upgrades!

View HokieKen's profile

HokieKen

17313 posts in 2194 days


#2 posted 06-16-2020 05:25 PM

Nice whacker Dick! I love Walnut and Maple paired up together :-) There’s something very satisfying about the “thwack” of a wooden mallet on a chisel handle too. And I bet you’ll use that vise a lot more than you ever thought ;-)

-- I collect hobbies. There is no sense in limiting yourself (Don W) - - - - - - - - Kenny in SW VA

View Dave Polaschek's profile

Dave Polaschek

7267 posts in 1638 days


#3 posted 06-16-2020 05:31 PM

Nice shop upgrades, Dick.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

View recycle1943's profile

recycle1943

5296 posts in 2678 days


#4 posted 06-16-2020 05:41 PM


I love finding old tools in the shop that have been buried in a corner for years. It s very satisfying to put them into service. I had an old record vise much like yours sitting in a box for ever, I finally installed it a while back and now I don t know who I d ever do without it.

Your mallet looks like a bruiser! That handle won t be going anywhere 8^)

The only criticism is you might want to angle the faces depending on your hammering style.They should hit square to your chisel head, Beyond that congrats on the shop upgrades!

- splintergroup

Thanks – my problem is that I don’t have a ‘style’ because I’ve not done much hammer and chisel work. That’s probably gonna change now tho – after I clean up those Bucks

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

View recycle1943's profile

recycle1943

5296 posts in 2678 days


#5 posted 06-16-2020 05:43 PM

Dave
Kenny

Thanks – the vise has already erned it’s keep. I need cedar shavings for some wine boxes I made

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

View flatrock's profile

flatrock

108 posts in 2362 days


#6 posted 06-16-2020 08:26 PM

Looks nice. You will use the heck out of both.

View James E McIntyre's profile

James E McIntyre

1196 posts in 2348 days


#7 posted 06-16-2020 08:40 PM

Great mallet and vice.
The vice looks like it’s top quality when the Craftsman brand was made in the USA.

With a mallet like that you must be a very big guy.
Thor?

-- James E McIntyre

View Oldtool's profile

Oldtool

3198 posts in 3246 days


#8 posted 06-16-2020 09:33 PM

So what do you think of the B B’s chisels?, how do they compare to the Big Blue handled?
Nice mallet, looks well made, don’t think that head will fly off anytime soon.
The best thing about the end grain faces on these style mallets is the abuse they’ll take. You can pound as hard as required for task at hand, and it’ll only put little dimples in the face. Have fun ….....

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

View clieb91's profile

clieb91

4259 posts in 4990 days


#9 posted 06-16-2020 09:58 PM

Nice additions to the shop.

CtL

-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- PortablePastimes.com (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

View crowie's profile

crowie

4486 posts in 3006 days


#10 posted 06-16-2020 10:36 PM

The mallet looks to be a bigger heavier one, Dick and you’ve done a fine job on it.
Now for a smaller one??
Back to the old chisels; how did they preform?

-- Lifes good, Enjoy each new day...... Cheers from "On Top DownUnder" Crowie

View GR8HUNTER's profile

GR8HUNTER

8337 posts in 1768 days


#11 posted 06-16-2020 11:10 PM

a very nice mallet you thinking of putting a finish on it ? and as far as the vise i dont have one either nor a work bench in the way you think of a bench bad me :<(((

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN :<))

View Jim Jakosh's profile

Jim Jakosh

26073 posts in 4161 days


#12 posted 06-16-2020 11:42 PM

Hi Dick , nice mallet and vise//two very handy tools in a wood shop. I wish I had known you did not have a mallet because I make them all the time on the lathe and would be proud to have you using one of mine.

cheers, Jim

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

View oldrivers's profile

oldrivers

2523 posts in 2622 days


#13 posted 06-16-2020 11:45 PM

Mighty Fine MALLET you will enjoy it, and the Vise is a Jewel I have a quick release that is the way to go. Great shop up grades.

-- Soli Deo gloria!

View doubleDD's profile

doubleDD

10267 posts in 3098 days


#14 posted 06-17-2020 12:10 AM

Looking back at 20 years now is like looking back at yesterday. Cool mallet. Better now than before. Enjoy your new toys Dick. I still enjoy finding a good log here and there for turning.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

View recycle1943's profile

recycle1943

5296 posts in 2678 days


#15 posted 06-17-2020 12:21 AM



Looks nice. You will use the heck out of both.

- flatrock


So what do you think of the B B s chisels?, how do they compare to the Big Blue handled?
Nice mallet, looks well made, don t think that head will fly off anytime soon.
The best thing about the end grain faces on these style mallets is the abuse they ll take. You can pound as hard as required for task at hand, and it ll only put little dimples in the face. Have fun ….....

- Oldtool

Thanks – I haven’t tried any of them yet. I did spend an hour or so cleaning the surface rust off of them. I didn’t know what else to do so I put oil on them to curtail the rust starting up again


Nice additions to the shop.

CtL

- clieb91

Absolutely a nice addition, thanks – now I have to learn how to use them


The mallet looks to be a bigger heavier one, Dick and you’ve done a fine job on it.
Now for a smaller one??
Back to the old chisels; how did they preform?

- crowie

Thanks crowie, it most likely is bigger than needed but it’s my first try at making one. I haven’t tried any of the chisels yet but that’s comming


a very nice mallet you thinking of putting a finish on it ? and as far as the vise i dont have one either nor a work bench in the way you think of a bench bad me :<(((

- GR8HUNTER

Thanks Tony, finish ? I honestly don’t know what to do to it but I’m open to suggestions. Work bench lol My work bench is a kitchen table from a discount store. I think I paid $99 for it and 4 chairs 10 years ago. I did change the legs to 4×4 cedar and a couple other add ons – but work bench again lol


Hi Dick , nice mallet and vise//two very handy tools in a wood shop. I wish I had known you did not have a mallet because I make them all the time on the lathe and would be proud to have you using one of mine.

cheers, Jim

- Jim Jakosh

Gheeeezow Jim, had I known I surely would have given you a shout but I really did have fun making this one. Pretty sure I’m going to make another one in the next few days but it’ll be somewhat smaller and thanks.


Mighty Fine MALLET you will enjoy it, and the Vise is a Jewel I have a quick release that is the way to go. Great shop up grades.

- oldrivers

Thanks a lot, I already don’t know how I made it this long without a vise except I have a ton of clamps in various sizes and shapes

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

showing 1 through 15 of 35 comments

Have your say...

You must be signed in to post the comments.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics

HomeRefurbers.com