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    A couple tools for the bench

    Putzing around in the shop this weekend to beat the heat. A couple of cell phone pics.

    I made this marking gauge from scraps. Flame maple beam, spalted maple fence, walnut wedge. Finish is Danish Oil and wax. The cutter is a HSS tool bit from a metal lathe. It took a great edge! Plenty of length so I need to cut it in half and make a spare.

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    I work in the door/window industry and we were working on a glass shower door project. One of my hardware guys brought in a bunch of door handle samples and this one looked like a hammer. 24oz of polished stainless steel. It operates much like a Glen Drake Tite-Hammer with a choked up grip. The concave features offer a natural location for thumb and forefinger and the domed head works well on chisels. It's a "tap tap" kind of hammer as opposed to a basher. There's enough mass to drive a chisel without having to strike it hard. Handle is Indiana Ebony aka Maple with India ink and a couple coats of satin poly from a rattle can. It feels great in the hand and works well with my bench chisels.

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    Last edited by Rob Luter; 07-08-2019 at 6:24 PM.
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    Very, very nice Rob. I especially like the hammer, it is both aesthetically pleasing and functional.

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    Lovely couple of additions to the bench, nothing like using tools you made for yourself!
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    Well done Rob. I know you love the QS oak, but the maple scraps turned into a very nice gauge!

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    That's a very nice gauge!
    Wish I knew the manufacturer of that door handle - I'd enjoy making a little hammer like yours.
    Fred
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    Quote Originally Posted by Frederick Skelly View Post
    That's a very nice gauge!
    Wish I knew the manufacturer of that door handle - I'd enjoy making a little hammer like yours.
    Fred
    I’ll see if I can find out. Perhaps I can acquire a couple more free samples.
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