Making Tin Can Toys
by Edward Thatcher 1919
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The Forming Mallet. - The special forming mallet designed by the author will have to be made. It was designed especially for work with the tin cans. It is very simple and easily made of maple by any carpenter. One end is a slightly rounded dome shape and the other is in the form of a blunt wedge. The dimensions and general shape of the mallet are shown in Fig. 5. The handle may be made of a piece of 1/ 2-inch dowel rod. A substitute for this mallet may be made of a piece of broom handle the end of which is already rounded to about the proper curve. Measure off 4 1/2 inches from the rounded end of the broom handle and saw it off. Bore a 1/2-inch hole through the center of the piece to fit the piece of dowel rod used for the handle. Whittle down the end to a blunt wedge shape leaving it about % inch thick at the end. The rounded end may be left as it is.
A piece of 1/2-inch maple dowel may be picked up in any carpenter shop. This should be 8 1/2 inches long. It should be driven into the hole drilled for it in the mallet, taking care not to split the mallet in so doing. If the broom handle is rather small in diameter it would probably be better to use a piece of 7/16" or 3/8-inch dowel for the handle. A small nail or brad may be driven through the mallet and handle to secure it in place.