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    This really cought my eye. When timberframing a durable mallet is a necessity, at times heavier the better. I made large ones out of ash and maple but they always split eventually. I reuse the handle each time. The last one I made I put threaded rod with (can't think of the proper name now) flanges nuts used backwards, the flanges out. Still split. Have sense obtained some 5x8 black locusts I plan on turning on the lathe with metal bands to prevent splitting. Just may have to try this too!
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    Eric

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    Wow, there's probably a million adaptations one could come up with. I will start saving jugs and in the meantime think of things to make. This is really great stuff. Thanks.
    Stupid is forever, ignorance can be fixed.

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    Has anyone used these for an extended time? Wondering how they hold up for straightening hot steel?
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    Foam peanuts melted with the right solvent make an excellent glue! Just put a little acetone in a jar and start throwing in the peanuts. They have to be the real foam peanuts, not the oatmeal biodegradable stuff. Also clean coffee cups work. Works on some plastics and fairly good on wood, especially as a temporary bond.


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