Blood, Sweat, and Sawdust

Going against the grain

Tag: shop update

If Only You Could Hammer Out All of Your Problems with a Mallet

Beech Joiners Mallet

The last few weeks were crazy.  The whole family was hit by a stomach bug.  The water heater died.  I locked my keys in the car.  I could add more, but I’ll try not to depress you.

We did make it through, and we’re all a bit stronger for it.

After completing the Roubo, I’ve spent a lot of time cleaning up shop.  There was a lot of pine scrap to remove.  Additionally, I recently acquired a bunch of very nice beech.  Unfortunately, I had to take the good with the bad.  As a result, I had a lot of beech scraps and nowhere to store it.  The shop is now relatively clean, and I can get back to work.

The first order of business was to make a good joiner’s mallet.  Beech is good for mallets.  Why not?  Why make one mallet when you can make two?  I’ll be giving one away in the next week or two.  For details, follow me on Instagram.  There is a link in the top right-hand corner of the page.



Shop Update

Shop Web

This past week was hectic.  Work was crazy, and we had a small event at my son’s school.  Unfortunately, that meant choosing between writing and shop time.  Shop time won that battle.

I finished laminating the vise chop and started excavating the mortises for the Bench Crafted hardware.  That means I have a new video coming soon.  I’m also working on a few more posts for the design series.  Stay tuned.

One more thing.  Craftsy contacted me to write for their woodworking blog, so stay tuned for that.