Samurai Timber Frame Commander Mallet


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In my latest woodworking project, this Timber Frame Commander Mallet is my submission into the Makers Mob 6 Week Scrapwood Challenge.  I used some scrap Garry Oak I had laying around that I had milled up years ago.  Using a dowel to lock in the through tenon handle, this thing is a solid beast, and a great woodworking project for the shop!

Sharpening Edged Tools

The sharpening method described here has served me well for years. I use waterstones and start with a medium grit and work my way up to my finest stone, which leaves a mirror finish. I prefer to both flatten the back and then hone the edge with one grit before advancing to the next.

Sharpening Scrapers

The magic behind a scraper is the burr. This burr is a tiny metal edge that’s rolled or “burnished” with a special tool called a burnisher.

Sharpening Saws

I’ve always found sharpening a saw very rewarding. It’s a fairly straightforward job that takes less than half an hour and produces immediate results.

Restoring Old Hand Tools

I love to bring an old hand tool back to life. I often scrounge auctions and yard sales, looking for likely candidates. As long as the castings are sound and the tool is in reasonable condition (and dirt cheap), I’ll adopt it and bring it home. Keep in mind that I’m interested in using the took so I’ll often do more to it than a collector would. Most tool collectors are interested in preserving the tool’s patina, and that’s fine. But the once-over I give a tool would put most collectors in shock.

How to Produce an Edge-to-Edge Biscuit Joint

Although a relatively new woodworking technique, biscuit joinery is fast becoming one of the most popular wood joinery methods in the industry. Find out why woodworkers love this technique how to produce one of the most common wood joints in less time with excellent results.

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