What to make with 2" square piece of brass

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Forum topic by BlasterStumps posted 04-18-2017 03:16 AM 661 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-18-2017 03:16 AM

I have a 2” square block of solid brass. I’d like to use it in making a woodworking hand tool. I can picture it working for a chisel mallet head but I don’t have a metal lathe.

If you had a similar piece of brass what woodworking hand tool would you make with it?

-- "I build for function first, looks second. Most times I never get around to looks." MIke in CO

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#1 posted 04-18-2017 04:57 AM

A mallet sounds like a good use. Drill it for a handle and just ease the edges and corners with a grinder and files. With a round handle you would have 4 faces to use. Or just send it to me and I will show you what else it can become. LOL

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#2 posted 04-18-2017 05:22 AM

Chamfer the corners and make an octagonal mallet.

-- Rick M,

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#3 posted 04-18-2017 03:44 PM

Door stop.


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#4 posted 04-18-2017 05:17 PM

Do you have a wood lathe? I’ve turned brass using woodturning tools several times. It works easily if tools are good and sharp. You could also use files/gouges instead of turning tools, just keep them clean or the brass will clog them up.

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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