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Joinery Mallet

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Joinery MalletThis is a basic woodworking mallet useful in joinery and chisel work. I started with a salvaged piece of hardwood. The species is unknown to me. I cut the head to shape, resulting in tapered faces and a slightly rounded top. Then I marked layout lines for a tapered handle. The waste for this mortise was removed with an auger bit in a brace. Next I chopped the mortise, keeping the lines in the top and bottom openings parallel as I crept up on the layout lines. A tapered handle was made out of oak: 1 1/2” at the top, 1 1/14” at the bottom, 15 inches long. I planed the handle square and smooth, with chamfered edges on the gripping surfaces. The mallet head was shaped by adding curved chamfers on the main edges and 45* chamfers on the striking faces. I finished it with boiled linseed oil. Two pieces of wood, properly shaped and joined with one mortise, become a very functional and useful tool. It has great balance when the mallet is gripped up under the head. But it has powerful striking force when the grip is moved nearer the bottom of the handle. Fun project for me.



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Wine Gift Box

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Wine Gift BoxBuilt a little box to hold a bottle of (red) wine. I got tired of my older design with the sliding lid, and wanted to try something new. There are two oak uprights staked into the oak bottom of the box with wedged tenons. Used my hollow auger to make the round tenons, and then drilled holes to fit. Three sides of pine from a board that turned into a potato chip when I tried dovetailing it for a bookcase are glued into grooves cut in the uprights. Waste not want not. And then the lid, which makes up the front and top (waterfall grain, donchaknow), and which connects to the bottom with a mortise and tenon, and latches to the back to hold it closed.The bottom has a hand-carved inset to keep the bottle of wine in place, and the box is a tight enough fit that I should be able to transport a bottle to a neighbor's without mishap, if things ever get to the point that we can socialize with the neighbors again.The whole thing was planed smooth before being assembled, hand-sanded with a 400 grit sanding block (no matter how sharp the plane blade, I can't manage to smooth that spalted elm with a plane), then got four or five coats of shellac and got glued together. The little diagonal braces are pieces of thick bubinga veneer I had left over after reinforcing my brace till – they went on kinda late in the game when I realized my miter joint wasn't going to be very strong, especially as the spalted elm feels about like balsa wood (but it drank a few ounces of shellac, so that firmed it up a bit). There's a cheap little latch I bought a dozen of a while back because I needed one, but didn't like the looks of the price for one, so bought a dozen to get the volume discount.I think that's about it. It's not a great design, but it's different, and it distracted me from bookcases for a week. Don't know if I'll make another like it, or whether it'll be a one-off-kind.



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Wine Barrel Plant Stand

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Wine Barrel Plant StandHi:I recently completed a project for my wife… a plant stand made from wine barrel staves.I used wine barrel lids for the two platforms, and staves for the legs, as well as barrel bands for around the legs.The result is a sturdy and attractive – in a artisan sort of way – plant stand that will last many decades.Clear finish – Varathane Professional, satin.Height is 36”. Base platform is 15” and top platform is 12”



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