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    Flatter

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    This is a flatter made from scrap materials. A ball pain hammer was annealed and a hole drilled through the poll. This was truncated and the piece left over becomes a header for rivets.. I cut a 2 piece of 2 x 5/8 plate and drilled a hole ha
    Lfvway through the centre and inserted a bit of rod into the hole. I also cut a 1/2 length of tube for a collar.
    My welding is not the best and rotating it frequently gave me a lot of blobs to grind off, but I hope it will hold up.
    Part of my reason for making this is that flatters are in short supply and if I can encourage people who can do better, there will be more to go round.

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    A very nice precision smashometer.

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    Confused, thinking a flatter was made to be hit by another 'smith, while the primary moved it around part being shaped, or is that a different tool?
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    Thanks Philip Davies! We've added your Flatter to our Hammers category,
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    Great idea. I have several old hammers that have seen their best years. Now would be a good time to repurpose some of them. I figure I could make at least 3 or 4 different styles.

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    Gallagher would be proud

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    Quote Originally Posted by Toolmaker51 View Post
    Confused, thinking a flatter was made to be hit by another 'smith, while the primary moved it around part being shaped, or is that a different tool?
    Yes, that’s correct. It is basically a finishing tool, to remove, hopefully, the hammer marks (although I like those!) if the piece is held steady on the anvil with a holdfast, one hand holds the flatter, or set-hammer, or fuller, or swage, and the other hand holds the hammer.

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    Caveat: I know virtually nothing about woodworking.

    My understanding of "flatter" matches the blacksmith interpretation discussed here. However, my subconscious keeps tickling me with the idea of something used in applying veneer in woodworking. Also, something associated with "fulling".

    Are there any alternate usages of the word or is it just some wires crossed in my medulla?
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    Aren't "Flatter's" the left-wing extremists of Flat Earth Society?

    Not to worry Mr. K, your wiring is A1, medulla and beyond.
    Between us, mine's that with questionable integrity...
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    Quote Originally Posted by mklotz View Post
    Caveat: I know virtually nothing about woodworking.

    My understanding of "flatter" matches the blacksmith interpretation discussed here. However, my subconscious keeps tickling me with the idea of something used in applying veneer in woodworking. Also, something associated with "fulling".

    Are there any alternate usages of the word or is it just some wires crossed in my medulla?
    Veneer is applied with a veneer hammer, although no hammering is involved. It looks a bit like a croupier’s rake, but is used back to front, with pressure applied on the cross piece in a zigzag way along the veneer being laid. I’ll post a picture tomorrow, if you like.

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