replacing hammer faces on rawhide-faced mallet?

I picked up an old rawhide-faced mallet recently. In the same lot came a box
with replacement faces. The old ones were mushroomed beyond belief. I removed
the old faces and immediately realized the new mallet faces (a strip of rawhide
spiral-wound, glued and stapled) were too large in the mounting area. The hammer
head clamp sides needed an OD about 1/4" smaller than the actual hammer face OD,
if you understand what I mean. So I had to figure out how to "turn a shoulder"
on a rawhide hammer head spiral. I slit the rawhide with a hacksaw, then nipped
it off with wirecutters, then sanded it to size on the disc sander, which was
STIN-KEY. Made me think there has to be a better way! Any old timers around who
still know the right way to do this? My way worked, but it took way too long and
stunk up my shop something terrible.
GWE
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Grant
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It strikes me (pun intended) that the replacement mallet faces were too big for this hammer head. Never should have had to do any surgery on them at all. Oh, well, none of it cost me any money, so I can't complain. I think I have nearly every kind of soft-faced mallet there is now. OK, don't have a hardwood mallet.
GWE
Grant wrote:
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Grant
:-) put it on my lathe and use the post hole grinder. Grind stones shave down leather.
Martin
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Martin H. Eastburn
Have you got any paper mallets?. A company used to make them in the US up until the late 1970s but OSHA got involved and the company decided to stop production rather than comply. A real shame as they were great for working soft material such as pewter (britannia metal).
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David Billington
You dont have a lathe anymore?????
"Lenin called them "useful idiots," those people living in liberal democracies who by giving moral and material support to a totalitarian ideology in effect were braiding the rope that would hang them. Why people who enjoyed freedom and prosperity worked passionately to destroy both is a fascinating question, one still with us today. Now the useful idiots can be found in the chorus of appeasement, reflexive anti-Americanism, and sentimental idealism trying to inhibit the necessary responses to another freedom-hating ideology, radical Islam"
Bruce C. Thornton, a professor of Classics at American University of Cal State Fresno
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Gunner Asch
That's right, Gunner. I let my last one go about a year ago. I'm in a large metalworking club and many guys have lathes. We're going to move in 2-3 years and I'm already working on the major downsize. I'm going to have to go from a 25x60' shop to half a garage space. :-(
Grant
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Grant
Ohmigod!! I'm feeling faint, give me a minute .... OK. This post should have been preceded by a warning: "Caution the following may be disturbing to some readers. Reader discretion is advised".
1500 sq-ft (25 x 60) to 150 sq-ft??? How are you going to run a business in 150 sq-ft? Oh, wait ... you're going to have a separate business shop, aren't you? Awright, I feel better.
Bob
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Bob Engelhardt
Croms blood...if Grant needs a freaking lathe..Ill dig one up and give it to him. Geeze....thats like a surgeon without an x-acto knife!!
Gunner
"Lenin called them "useful idiots," those people living in liberal democracies who by giving moral and material support to a totalitarian ideology in effect were braiding the rope that would hang them. Why people who enjoyed freedom and prosperity worked passionately to destroy both is a fascinating question, one still with us today. Now the useful idiots can be found in the chorus of appeasement, reflexive anti-Americanism, and sentimental idealism trying to inhibit the necessary responses to another freedom-hating ideology, radical Islam"
Bruce C. Thornton, a professor of Classics at American University of Cal State Fresno
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Gunner Asch
I'm not. I'm going to RETIRE. :-)
Grant
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Grant
Retire....??? You? Blink blink...but you havent died yet.....?
"Lenin called them "useful idiots," those people living in liberal democracies who by giving moral and material support to a totalitarian ideology in effect were braiding the rope that would hang them. Why people who enjoyed freedom and prosperity worked passionately to destroy both is a fascinating question, one still with us today. Now the useful idiots can be found in the chorus of appeasement, reflexive anti-Americanism, and sentimental idealism trying to inhibit the necessary responses to another freedom-hating ideology, radical Islam"
Bruce C. Thornton, a professor of Classics at American University of Cal State Fresno
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Gunner Asch
Warning - Warning - that is when the work really starts.
I had a Brick Mason as a friend some years ago - he saw his friends retire to a rocker and set up like cement.
He taught trade school at a retirement age and made it a show to mix the first batch of cement every day. It kept himself working and flexible as well as teaching the process over and over so it is fact in the brain, not second guess.
So keep the faith and keep tinkering with something that tasks the mind and body. Wife and I are into scrabble and work outdoors.
Martin
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Martin H. Eastburn

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