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Offline curiousdork

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Anyone have any experience with brass?
« on: March 24, 2017, 12:03 PM »
I was watching YouTube, particularly Dema's Workshop, and he was making his own brass mallets.  Needless to say, now I want to try making my own brass mallet(s) for wood working.  Since I have no experience with brass which alloy should I use?  I would like to be able to turn it on a lathe (I'm thinking buying round bars) and drill a hole using a forstner bit, so obviously something soft that I can work with but tough enough to be used as a mallet for hammering chisels and jointing.

Thanks!

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Offline Holmz

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Re: Anyone have any experience with brass?
« Reply #1 on: March 24, 2017, 07:00 PM »
It is Odd stuff... Not soft, but comes out in chunks and not curls.
Use a regular bit, not a Forstner.

No idea on what types, and I have not used it a lot (and it was a long time ago)

Offline tassiedevil

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Re: Anyone have any experience with brass?
« Reply #2 on: March 24, 2017, 07:09 PM »
A dull drill bit works well in brass. If it's too sharp then it will grab. A quick hone to take off the sharp edge of the cutting surface will do the job.
No need to grind a different angle and the bit can be resharpened for use with other materials.
Geoff

Offline Bob D.

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Re: Anyone have any experience with brass?
« Reply #3 on: April 03, 2017, 04:41 PM »
Woodsmith magazine just ran an article on this very topic in this months edition.
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Offline curiousdork

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Re: Anyone have any experience with brass?
« Reply #4 on: April 04, 2017, 04:55 PM »
Woodsmith magazine just ran an article on this very topic in this months edition.

Awesome!  Thanks!  I'll have to find it at a book store near me. :)

Offline derekcohen

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Re: Anyone have any experience with brass?
« Reply #5 on: April 05, 2017, 09:17 AM »
I was watching YouTube, particularly Dema's Workshop, and he was making his own brass mallets.  Needless to say, now I want to try making my own brass mallet(s) for wood working.  Since I have no experience with brass which alloy should I use?  I would like to be able to turn it on a lathe (I'm thinking buying round bars) and drill a hole using a forstner bit, so obviously something soft that I can work with but tough enough to be used as a mallet for hammering chisels and jointing.

Thanks!

Why do you want a brass mallet?

Yes, they look nice, but they will destroy your chisel handles if you wack with them. The way (and only way) to use a brass mallet is to tap gently on the back of a carving chisel.

I'd rather use a cabinetmaker's mallet, such as the one sold by Lee Valley (that has a brass and wooden head).

Regards from Perth

Derek

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Offline FOGNewbie

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Re: Anyone have any experience with brass?
« Reply #7 on: April 07, 2017, 01:37 PM »
I was watching YouTube, particularly Dema's Workshop, and he was making his own brass mallets.  Needless to say, now I want to try making my own brass mallet(s) for wood working.  Since I have no experience with brass which alloy should I use?  I would like to be able to turn it on a lathe (I'm thinking buying round bars) and drill a hole using a forstner bit, so obviously something soft that I can work with but tough enough to be used as a mallet for hammering chisels and jointing.

Thanks!

Why do you want a brass mallet?

Yes, they look nice, but they will destroy your chisel handles if you wack with them. The way (and only way) to use a brass mallet is to tap gently on the back of a carving chisel.

I'd rather use a cabinetmaker's mallet, such as the one sold by Lee Valley (that has a brass and wooden head).

Regards from Perth

Derek

Try an end mill bit.

https://www.amazon.com/tool-home-Speed-Steel-Straight-Cutter/dp/B00ZZYJU2U/ref=lp_256305011_1_1?s=industrial&ie=UTF8&qid=1491585833&sr=1-1

https://www.google.com/search?q=end+mill+bits&oq=end+mill+&aqs=chrome.1.69i57j0l5.5306j0j8&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8

Not sure where you'd be able to get one, but there has to be someone in Australia that carries them. I have been trying to figure out how to mill brass stock with my OF 1400 on a guide rail and a jig to hold the brass stock. Either some sort of router set up or a drill press and a cross slide drill press vice. I am just not sure I could get the OF 1400 to turn slow enough. I am thinking that a router will turn way too fast.

http://www.northerntool.com/shop/tools/product_200659537_200659537?cm_mmc=Google-pla&utm_source=Google_PLA&utm_medium=Hand%20Tools%20%3E%20Vises%20%2B%20Clamps&utm_campaign=Klutch&utm_content=49462&gclid=CPrakMvvktMCFQQFaQodN4AHug

For the person that asked why someone would want a brass hammer for woodworking my answer is they work great for adjusting wooden bodied planes. Gentle taps with a brass hammer will allow you to make small depth adjustments to the plane blade.

Offline derekcohen

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Re: Anyone have any experience with brass?
« Reply #8 on: April 08, 2017, 12:48 AM »
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For the person that asked why someone would want a brass hammer for woodworking my answer is they work great for adjusting wooden bodied planes. Gentle taps with a brass hammer will allow you to make small depth adjustments to the plane blade.

FogNewbie, the shop made brass mallets I have seen on other forums tend to be solid brass (front and back). These are used to adjust a blade by tapping the body (and not the blade directly). I would NEVER use a brass surface directly on a wooden plane body. That is a recipe for damaging the wood.

Here is a plane hammer I made. One side is brass (for the blade) and the other side is nylon (for the body) ...





Total weight is 8 oz.

Regards from Perth

Derek

Offline Bob D.

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Re: Anyone have any experience with brass?
« Reply #9 on: April 08, 2017, 11:50 AM »
Woodsmith magazine just ran an article on this very topic in this months edition.

Awesome!  Thanks!  I'll have to find it at a book store near me. :)

Take a look at this online extra related to the project in the April 2017 (Issue #230)
article and you'll get an idea of what the project build is. They make two different size
hammers with brass stock obtained from McMaster-Carr.

http://www.woodsmith.com/files/issues/230/optional-hammer-heads.pdf
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Offline derekcohen

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Re: Anyone have any experience with brass?
« Reply #10 on: April 08, 2017, 11:11 PM »
Be careful with hammers like those. They look fancy-schmancy, but they will damage wooden parts.

Regards from Perth

Derek