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Last night was our annual December meeting at the NW Woodworkers Assoc.
In the spirit of the season I presented the members with something useful for their toolbox.

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I wondered if you built that jig for just one mallet . . .
Good on you Herb! Nicely done. As always!
 
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Those are BEAUTIFUL!

Now I want to make one to pound noodles...
I know, you are asking, "WHaaAAA?" So I will explain.
I like to cook strange, yet delectable things to eat.

One of my quirky passions is pasta.
Buckwheat noodles is one of those weird things. Anyone into Asian noodles will tell you that buckwheat soba (similar to ramen) is a unique, and yummy thing to enjoy.
But kneading buckwheat soba dough is a PITA. It is so tough, that I have to put it in a zip-lock gallon baggie, and then put it on a towel on the floor, and stomp it barefoot for about a half hour to make it mallable enough to run through my pasta machine. We are talking a HARD lump of dough.

A cool (and BEAUTIFUL) mallet like that looks like it would make my noodle pounding much easier on my poor widdle arthritic joints.
Ah, another project for my, "I want to make this!" list!!!

Good job. Lucky people in your Woodworking group.

~M
 

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Last night was our annual December meeting at the NW Woodworkers Assoc.
In the spirit of the season I presented the members with something useful for their toolbox.

Herb
Holy Smoely Herb...
those are 1st rate..
 

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Herb the first think I thought of when I saw all those mallets was a percussion band playing pails, buckets, wooden blocks,etc.

Seriously, nice work. Technically I'm in the NW. Did you make one for me?
 

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Those are BEAUTIFUL!

Now I want to make one to pound noodles...
I know, you are asking, "WHaaAAA?" So I will explain.
I like to cook strange, yet delectable things to eat.

One of my quirky passions is pasta.
Buckwheat noodles is one of those weird things. Anyone into Asian noodles will tell you that buckwheat soba (similar to ramen) is a unique, and yummy thing to enjoy.
But kneading buckwheat soba dough is a PITA. It is so tough, that I have to put it in a zip-lock gallon baggie, and then put it on a towel on the floor, and stomp it barefoot for about a half hour to make it mallable enough to run through my pasta machine. We are talking a HARD lump of dough.

A cool (and BEAUTIFUL) mallet like that looks like it would make my noodle pounding much easier on my poor widdle arthritic joints.
Ah, another project for my, "I want to make this!" list!!!

Good job. Lucky people in your Woodworking group.

~M
Farmer grain > dough kneader > dough roller machine > noodle slicer..
 

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You really do a excellent job Herb! As said by Charles( Cherryville Chuck ) would be great, to be Technically in the NWIf. Congrats.

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Very nice...they're lucky to have you...

Moving to the NE anytime soon...?
 

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Very nice...they're lucky to have you...

Moving to the NE anytime soon...?
you move to the NW along w/ everybody else and we all can be neighbors...
 
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Good point...I'll get my compass ready...
see ya there...
and that gives a forward base to launch the ''GREAT RAID''......
 

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Hey Herb,
I wanna be your friend! I like the benefits . . .
 
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:crying:I want one!:crying:

Nice job, Herb! I have had one of these on my to do list for awhile. You may have just motivated me.
 

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Those guys are gonna love em!!!!

I made a rather crude version of that some 30 years ago and I'm still beating the snot out of it..
 

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Now I want to make one to pound noodles...
Moz ~ I thought of another use for Herb's mallets. They would be great for breaking up ice cubes for home-made ice cream. Simply place a few scoops of ice cubes in a plastic or cloth sleeve and whack away.

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When you're done with the dough, you can beat stakes into the ground, splinter ice, beat down doors. Man, those are heavy duty mallets!
 
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