DS> Hi, it’s me again!
I recently bought a length of 2.5" diameter Delrin
DS> rod to make some forming mallets. I cut it into segments of the
DS> appropriate lengths, and bought some handles at a hardware store.=
DS> I have read that handles with an oval cross section are better,
DS> so that’s what I got. I’ve drilled two side-by-side holes as a
DS> start for the handle hole, but am having difficulty cleaning it
DS> out and removing the excess material. Any ideas/suggestions? =
DS> Trying to use the drill bit to kind of grind it out isn’t working=
DS> very well.
DS> I also understand that I’m going to have to wedge the handle
DS> into the mallet, since epoxy doesn’t stick to Delrin. =
DS> Thanks, everyone, for all your help!
DS> Dave Sebaste
G’day, Dave: I’m not sure what Delrin is, but I made forming
mallets fro m 1"dia nylon rod. I have a wood-lathe so turned my
own handles, but I made a special hammer long before I got the
lathe. I drilled a 3/8" hole in the = side of the rod, cut a
sawcut into the end of a bit of 3/8" wood dowel, filed = the hole
a bit to make it taper slightly, put the dowel into the nylon,
hamme= red a glued thin wood wedge into the sawcut, then finally
bought a little woode= n ball 1"dia,. drilled it to fit the dowel,
then glued it onto the other en= d with wood glue. That was 10
years ago - and it’s still OK! =
Happy New Year!
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