Friday, February 20, 2015

How to make a Wood Mallett.

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 I have seen a lot of woodworkers , including youtube ones make their own wood mallets. These are so much fun to make and there are many takes on this classic woodworking tool.  
 The one I am making today is made form Hard maple, and I am going to use the lathe to make the parts round. You can easily make this mallet without a lathe and just cut the parts and use draw knives or routers etc to shape the parts. Of course doing it this way the parts will not exactly be round but just as functional as mine. 
 The addition of the pieces of leather to the faces of the hammer is just a classy look and very helpful when using it on wood pieces to help mitigate damaging the project pieces. 
 The parts I started with were about 2 3/4 inches square by about 5 inches long for the head and  the handle material measures 1 1/4inch square by just shy of 14 inches long. 
 To start with I cut the corners off of the head piece and once that is done you could just use that shape for the head id you did not wish to turn it round or if you do not have a lathe. 
 I then drill the hole in the head piece for the handle (I should have drilled the hole first before cutting the corners off, this would have made things easier)  Drill through one side until the bit just starts to pike through and then turn the piece over and finish drilling form that side. This will prevent possible chip out on your piece.  This hole by the way is 1 inch. 

 Turing the pieces is very basic you load them on the lathe between centers and I turned them only until they were round and them sanded and removed from the lathe.  While you can’t see this as I did not record it I tried to get the tenon piece on the handle to fit much snugger than it did and I blew that but the wedge design of fastening adds some forgiveness for looseness and using epoxy also fills this area and makes a very tight joint. 
 Cutting the tenon slot for the wedge is fairly easy on the bandsaw. I like to cut the slot perpendicular to the direction of the grain to avoid split out and gain the strength in going this direction. Also to go even further to avoid split out you can drill a pilot hole or a stop drill as we call it in the Aircraft maintenance world. (Many times with a crack in the sheet metal of an aircraft you can do what is called a stop drill at the end of a crack to prevent it from cracking any further) . Some may debate if this really helps to prevent split of of your wedge slot… I have had good luck doing this and always use it on wedged tenons. 

Assembly is very easy and lots of fun. Put the pieces together and place the slot of the wedge agains the grain of the head piece insert your wedge and drive it in tightly. Of course you have before this applied your glue to the joint. I like to use epoxy for this as I stated earlier this fills the voids nicely and adds a lot of strength to the joint.   Let the epoxy cure solidly and cut of the remaining widen and tenon piece that sick out. Sand the tenon flush and all finish. I used several coats of danish oil. 
 I also applied two pieces of leather to the hammer faces. I used once again 5 minute epoxy. clamped until dry and trim the leather flush with the sides of the hammer. This really addd to the attractiveness of the tool and is useful as well in having a small cushion effect when in use. The leather pieces are called rounds and are approximately 3 1/4 inches round so waste is minimal and a package of three was about $4 from my local leather store.















 




 Lots of fun and this makes a very useful and handsome tool!









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Saturday, February 14, 2015

The Tale of Two Pens.



I discovered pen turning some 15 years back or so. I bought a Delta midi lathe at the time. That is what it is called. I still have that lathe and it is working just fine. I get the urge once in a while to upgrade to a larger model but for now it is still doing what I wnat it to do. 
 Pen turning like I was saying followed very soon after that. Pen turning at the time did not get as much attention as it does now. It was in my view at least a fairly new thing to wood turning and the old school turners were doing more traditional projects altho did not require hardware to complete. IE; Bowls,platters, spindles, boxes etc..
 The following was really picking up and there was a pen turning group on yahoo groups then that was a lot of fun to participate in. They would compare projects and ideas about how to make better pens. The higher end pen kits were largely not available. Definitely not like now. There was a website back then I believe it was called woodpens. com where you could sell pens. 
 Things have come a long way since then with people doing there own castings of things we did not even imagine back then. It is great! I really am impressed with the resin casting folks and what they have come up with for pen blanks. That in and of itself has become quit the art form.  
 I enjoy turning pens and I have moved up a little bit from your common slim line pen kits. The sky is the limit in this area and I love seeing what you all out there who turn pens comes up with! 

Drilling out the blank

Using barrel trimmer to square up blank

Turning the blank
Sanding
After adding CY finish I sand with Micro mesh

Assembling first pen

 I am doing the best I can in editing and probably there will be some who wish I had left in much more of the process. If you search youtube you will find much about pen turing I guarantee. 


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Friday, February 13, 2015

How to make a Jointer Push Stick Deluxe



 I have been meaning to make a longer push stick for my jointer for a very long time. This will help when jointing the face of boards. I have the cheap plastic rubber faced ones but they really don’t work very well. They rely on the rubber to grip the surface and push it through the jointer. This sometimes is difficult and a better push stick with a low profile lip in the back will work much better. I have seen many designs for this purpose and I believe this one was based on an idea from “Woodsmith" or “Shop Notes” that I saw in one of those publications many years past.  Ii is not very complicated and I simply drew it out on a sticky note before free handing the shape with a pencil on the piece of wood. I am using up some of the left over pine that I recently used in the Basic Bathroom cabinet project. 
 I use screws to secure the base plate onto the handle and this will be fine as long as it is only used for its purpose on the jointer! If one was to use this on the tables for example you could hit one of the screws with the blade of the saw.
 The piece that will sit below the edge of the piece of wood being jointed is simply a scrap piece of MDF and can be replaced when needed in the future. This is a very easy project and will be a great help in the shop. 
 The paint was for fun and just to dress it up some. A little bright color is always fun! 


Draw pattern on board

Cut outer shape on bandsaw

Drill inner parts as applicable to established nice clean curves


Cut inner parts out with jigsaw

Round over edges

Glue small piece to serve as a lip on back edge of sole

Paint is a great choice for this project: Color is nothing to be afraid of! :)

Paint bottom piece before assembly


Assemble base to handle

Works great! 

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How to Make a Basic Bathroom Cabinet.

 The bathroom in the basement of our home is a half bath and could use just a little more storage space.  The previous owner built in some cabinets around the sink and used very basic construction with pine and painted the project. IT looks very basic but clean. I continue this look with the building of this cabinet.
Repurposed Pine 
 The material I am using is re-purposed material from a  shelf cabinet of sorts that we bought somewhere along the way. It ws home made by someone and used approx 12 inch wide planks of pine. When cleaned up and sanded this material is flat and largely know free. This will work excellent for a painted project. 
 A cabinet is a great beginner project and I think pocket hole joinery was invented for this purpose! Face frames are a perfect application for pocket holes. Strong and fast and when done correctly largely not visible when complete. I even used pocket hole screws to fasten the cabinet box to the face frame. I did glue a piece of 1/4 material over the one end that would be visible to cover the pocket hole screws on this part.  I did not record that in the video. 
rabbit for the back panel to fit into

Drilling shelf pin holes


Installing back board for hanging cabinet

Pocket holes


Assembling face frame to cabinet

Slab doors

Installing hinges

Paint touchup and we will be ready to hang it






 In the end I think it looks fine… I think I may eventually change out the dark hinges for a brushed nickel. I had these on hand so I sued them for now. 
Everything to make this project was already on hand in my shop waiting to be used. 

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