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  1. Wenge & Mahogany Turned Hammer

    I have been starting to practice with the lathe so I made myself a small hammer out of scrap wenge and African mahogany. The final product ended up being a little smaller than intended due to a few catches while turning. Dimensions are 9" long, head is 4 1/2" wide, and 2" outer diameter for...
  2. wooden mallet

    Every apprentice has to do his own mallet, so here's mine. A neighbor threw away some wood I scavenged. I don't know the wood's name, it's frequently used as lumber, usually called "indo" (for indonesian I assume), it's hardwood. Second picture is what I started with. I"m not too pleased with...
  3. Pound-a-Peg wood game

    It seems the new versions of this classic toy, only last a few hours. The new versions use a plastic ring with 3 nubs to create friction on the wood pegs. The 3 nubs wear out very quickly. For my grandson, I went back to a 1981 design that I tried in 1982. It used a piece of spring steel to...
  4. The Redwood? Box

    A friend near Chico, Ca gave me a piece of this wood. He says it's Redwood, but it could be Fir. Whatever it is, It has great figure/ grain to it. I made this box with some Curly Redwood for the top. These are some pictures I took while at a blue grass festival where someone bought the box...
  5. two mallets in a day...

    Well, must be the season, the mallets are blooming :) I finished my first mallet this morning http://lumberjocks.com/projects/49993 I thought I could do better and quicker, I had to prove it to myself and did a second mallet :) . Here's my improved method , I made two kerfs with a circular saw...
  6. Large Carvers Chisel Mallet

    I turned this large Mallet from a piece of Hard Maple from my firewood pile. It was supposed to be a practice turning piece, but I've since used it a lot and really like the weight and size of it :) The Mallet is: 10" long overall (25.5cm) 5" across the head (12.7cm) The handle is 1 1/2" (3.8cm)...
  7. Thor's hammer!

    Behold, Mjölnir! A good friend of mine had a belated birthday party over the weekend. And unbeknownst to him but knownst to us, the theme for the party was none other than THOR, his favorite comic book hero when he was a kid. There were Thor paper plates, winged helmet party hats, a golden...
  8. Hammer Head Coat Rack - Xmas Present

    Here is a coat rack that I made by cutting the heads off of three 7 oz. hammers for the hooks. This isn't my idea, I think I saw it on the Steve's WWMM Facebook. I made it for my grandfather for Christmas.
  9. Father and Son Mallet Set, scrap pine and red oak

    My 2-year-old adores playing in the shop with me, so I conceived this mallet project as something he could help with. Construction is very straight-forward - I saw the technique on LJs, so thanks to whoever that was! The second picture pretty much says it all, though the thicker handle on the...
  10. Chisel Hammer, Rediscovering the passion

    I was inspired by Jay Bates's interview with Wayne Brown about "finding that fire." I had recently completed a shadowbox for a close friend's retirement and whether it was because I was out of practice or simply because of Murphy's Law, the shadowbox project fought me from start to finish...
  11. A Trio of Plane Hammers

    In the Lumberjocks Surprise Toolswap, I recieved my very first wooden plane from LJ Mosquito. I didn't have a hammer to tune it, mine were all either too big or too hard to to suit the task. So, I decided to make one. Well it turned out to be so much fun, I made two more :-) All 3 hammers...
  12. STOP! Hammer Time

    Sorry about the title, I just couldn't resist… For Father's Day last year, I made my FIL a set of screwdrivers. He liked them so well and he is so hard to buy for that I decided to make it a tradition to make him tools each year. He doesn't really need them but enjoys having them and knowing...
  13. Amish Baby Thor's Mallet

    Wanting a smaller, lighter, mallet for small chisels I asked myself, "what would Baby Thor have if he were Amish?" So I made this, the handle is walnut, the head is oak. I love it!
  14. My chisel hammer

    I've been eyeballing those Glen Drake egg shaped chisel hammers for some time now. Knowing that I really didn't have $60.00 to spend on one, I decided to make it myself. It's not perfect, but I'm pretty tickled with it. I started with just a scrap piece of brass i've had around the house for a...
  15. Box Elder Claw Hammer

    Made this as a gift for a fellow wood-worker friend who has helped me a lot. It started out as one piece but broke so I strengthened the whole thing with CA glue and then started fabbing it. The head is secured to the handle with a 2" long 1/2" dowel…inch in each piece. Lot of shaping and...
  16. File handle with brass ferrule

    Another file handle, this one a full inch in diameter. Bought some 1" ID brass tubing to go with my 1" diameter broom-stick. Hacksawed off a piece, bashed it around some with the 3# hand-maul, and then shined it up with the wire wheel on the bench grinder afterwards. Functional and prettier than...
  17. Hammered Dulcimer

    The soundboard is heart pine-formerly these boards were floorboards in the original kitchen of our ~100 year old house. Frame and bridges are hard maple, and the back is baltic birch plywood. The hammers are pear and walnut (or maybe that was dessert last night? No, definitely the hammers)...
  18. My first sawhorses.

    Some sawhorses. The first wood working project I have undertaken independently. I needed something simple and straight forward that I could build with the tools I have right now-a framing hammer, and an inexpensive handsaw. Enter the 14 Minute Sawhorses. When I saw these plans I swooned...
  19. Toy Hammer

    Another quicky :D Grabbed a maple branch and in a manic 10 minute woodturning session, ended up with this toy hammer for my son :)
  20. Spindle Mallets

    When I was making my first mallet I didn't know what I was going to do for the handle. I looked around and saw a spindle/baluster on the shelf. It didn't work because it was rotted, but it sparked an idea: why not use spindles/balusters for the whole mallet. Next time I was at Habitat for...
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