The weather has been nice and I have spent time in the garden. But my woodworking is suffering. I have a very repetitive woodworking task, that involves careful gluing of parts prone to shifting. It is not hard, but it is hard to do right. This task will keep me from creative work for quite a while, and creative work is my bread and potatoes. So to keep it together I have been doing a lot of game programming.
If you have an up to date java runtime installed on your system, here is the outlet I have been using for my creativity in the evenings after gluing things.
If you want you can Download It First and run if from your computer.
I am charmed by rustic tools. Extreme simplicity, implied durability and the clear functionality speak strongly to me. I am delighted when I can capture that in a tool that I make.
Here are several recently made tools that are unique, simple, solid and quite functional.
This shows them sheathed and unsheathed. I tried quite a few variations on sheath making and am finally happy with one of the results. All of the saws have handles made of pecan. The difference is how the wood was preserved.
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There are a lot of simple ways to soak off rust. Here is a comparison of several of these. All the items used in these tests were totally covered in rust before treating.
On the left one part molasses to six parts water for one week. On the right citric acid in water for two days.
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Things coincide. A bit of talk on best weight for a Warrington Hammer. A Warrington Hammer is a Cross Peen designed for driving tacks. The idea is that the thin end can slide between your fingers as you hold a tack. It has been on my list of classic tools, but until I read Paul Sellers’ superb article on them, I did not have any good criteria for choosing one. He likes them from 8 to 10 oz, so this gave me a starting point.
While I don’t have a need for one, I do drive tacks and this may be a safer and more efficient way to drive them. So I may actually need one without knowing. There have been a few discussions of them, so the impulse urge to have one is suddenly there.
Meanwhile, I have an old couch that is going to be a pain to get through the door. I brought it in, back when my back allowed me all sorts of contortions, but now I have to be careful. So I am going to take the couch apart first. This couch is a leather couch I got in exchange for some programming ages ago. Taking it apart reveals all sorts of weirdness. It is made of ash, red oak, plywood and pine pinned together with zillions of tacks, nails, staples, brads and odd fittings. No saw will survive this long and the angles prevent use. So I decided to hack it apart. Not by swinging an axe, but by putting a cheap axe/chisel/blade down and pounding it with a 3lb sledge. With that and a few pry bars, I figured i could do it safely.
So I go to a dollar store that has a bunch of cheap odd tools, all for $1.09 each. I get a couple of hatches and a couple of hammers to sharpen into handled wedge/chisels.
So first I try pounding a hatchet into a joint.
The axe, as you can see fractured. This tool is total junk, more dangerous than functional. I will be throwing both axes away.
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I have become a mallet collector.
Continue reading Wooden Mallets