New tools

A week’s work

I’ve finished my bench hook and mallet at last. I’m not sure how much a mallet would cost down at B&Q, but I’m sure I couldn’t live on it at my current work rate. Although I know all the things that are wrong with it due to my beginner’s errors, it looks great now that it’s finished. It’s made of beech and as it’s a working tool it’s finished in boiled linseed oil, which soaks into the pores in the wood and hardens there rather than laying on the surface as varnish would, so it gives it some protection when it’s being bashed around; which I’m sure it will be.

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