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"soft" hammer?

Bill in Oregon

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This has probably been asked and answered a thousand times, but is there such a thing as a soft-faced hammer for cleaning up the lines of a piece of stock to which you have added twists that won't batter the twists? Hope I am "'splainin' dis" clearly. I have an "hide" hammer that will work but the hot iron quickly burns out the hide. Maybe something like this from Thor?



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Dogwood is a good mallet head; no flash and it lasts a long time.

Give this a try. squeeze the bent twist in the vise keeping the work corner to corner facing the vise jaws, the untwisted portion that you're holding. Give it a turn and squeeze again. The twist is wider than the parent stock, because corner to corner measures more than flat to flat.

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