How to make a wooden slapper

How to make a wooden slapper

Hi, it’s Wray from ProShaper workshop in Charlton Massachusetts and I think I’ll try to make this a regular feature every week is I’ve done the metal slapper before I’ve got a nice video on how to make that metal slapper, but a wood slapper is very Important tool too to have – and it’s just the shape that you want and a piece of inexpensive wood. This is a hard wood from a shipping skid or a shipping crate. I get them all the time and I ended up using them mostly for firewood, give them away to people who need them for firewood. But I made up this little nice design for the slapper and we’re going to cut this out in the band saw and then we’ll take a little three-inch grinder and dress it all up and we’ll put some leather on it.

So we’ll do a quick little video and then maybe what we’ll do is we’ll put the dimensions up this on of this on our website, and you can download this and maybe print it out in two pieces on your printer, so we’ll break it up into Two pieces we’ll scale it and then you’ll be able to print out the patent on your regular home printer and then all you got to do is cut it all out. So the next step making this is I’m gonna cut this this skid wood is a little suspect. Sometimes it has a crack in it, and so I’m hoping I’ve selected the best spot for this. It looks like it’s really nice hard wood and we’ll cut that up and get this piece out of here and then start cutting it out and hopefully we don’t have any cracks and you always got to watch for nails.

So you don’t wreck your band saw blade when you’re cutting this

out. So when I come back I’ll, have it all trimmed out as far as around its

circumference, but then we’ll have to narrow down the handle. So it becomes a

good grip and then we’ll dress. It up a little bit and then we’ll put a leather

face on it all right. So now I’ve got the main body all cut out, but I’ve got

to narrow up this handle for so it feels good in your hand here.


So I’m trying to get a center line going here, just eyeball this

center line there’s a center line, I’m off about uh 40 thousandths. This way. I

think all right so we’ll come in like that and we’ll make a template off of

this too. So you’ll have that dimension there. I really love to free freehand



It’s a nice way to explore ideas. I’ve been drawing since I was

probably about four years’ old that doesn’t look too bad, so we’ll cut that and

then we’re going to take a three inch. 50 grit, grinder air, grinder and we’ll

grind this all up nice. You can see the wood actually is pretty nice um. No,

no, no, there’s no cracks at present at all.


So it’s a super-hot hardwood. I don’t even know what it is to

tell you. The truth, but it should do the job really nice, so we’ll band saw

that up and we’ll be back in a minute all right, so we got it all cut out and

uh. Now this is all square and we want to round that a little bit there and we

want to round this a lot so that uh we’ll get a really good grip. It’s wider on

the back here, which means it it’s more uh user-friendly, as far as it won’t

slip out of your hand.


So much so, and then I added this little uh diagonal on the end

here, which I’m going to grind this way to just give it a little decorative

touch there. But this is going to be uh radius, quite a bit just a little in

here. So we’ll take that a brand new 50 grit, I use Norton blaze on a little

air grinder and we’ll show a little bit of it and then we’ll do it off camera

and then show you the finished product all right. It’s important! You use a

brand new disc because if it’s been grinding steel already it’s lost its edge a

little bit and it won’t cut the wood as nice, so uh yeah.


I should have gloves on and I put a face, mask and everything,

but I’m trying to just do the little bit of the video here and then I’ll put all

the safety equipment on. So we’re going to try to get it. So it doesn’t, it

works the best now I’ll, follow this up with a foam pad a rotary foam pad and

we’ll show a little bit of that, and this thing will be all sanded up

beautifully, even here where it’s rough, it only takes minutes to get it to be

nice and smooth so we’ll get the rest of it all ground up and we’ll come back.

So here we are, that was with the Norton blaze, 50 grit roll lock shaped it all

up. Put the radiuses on got a really nice radius on the handle.


It feels really good. Your thumb sits right, like that or you

can go like that too either way um and then we put a mild radius on here and a

little stronger radius here and around the nose, and I gave this little

decorative diamond on the end here too. So now uh that 50 grit, it’s probably

all right, the way it is, but I’m going to take and use that little hobby

freight detail, sander and I’ll just show you a minute of it. Then I’ll put my

safety gear all on, but we’ll show you how nice this will come out with. This

is 80 grit.


2 inch 80 grit so that foam pad navigates around all those nice

radiuses and smooths them out beautifully. This is all done by eye too. You got

to learn to do stuff by eye. In the 90s, I was working on a 540k Mercedes

cabriolet, a doing a lot of restoration work on it, and at that time I was

reading the wall street journal on a daily basis and a fun little story. The

owner of the Mercedes was feeling figuring.


He was going to get about a million dollars on the sale of the Mercedes

if he was lucky – and here I am reading this story in the wall street journal

of these uh back at the turn of the century. In the 1900s, these uh fishermen

in the in the wintertime they would carve duck decoys and it sort of looks like

a little duck decoy and I’m looking at these duck decoys, which there’s a

regular antique trade on them and they were selling for like two and A half

million dollars for one duck to decoy, so maybe in a hundred years this might

be worth a hundred grand or something who knows you can see how nice that comes

out so we’ll do that off camera we’ll get the finished product and then we’re gonna

put some leather on the face, all right. So after about 10 minutes with that

hobby freight little two inch, uh hook it foam pad uh little detail. Sander all

the 50 grit uh grind marks from the uh, the other little three-inch air grinder

all came out. We put the nice little soft radiuses everywhere.


This handle is really comfortable and I got I left that little d

detail on there. I made that little diamond on the back is a little decorative

detail now. What goes on here now is a vegetable tan, leather and it’s usually

about 3 16 or a quarter thick or so and last summer uh. I have a gentleman in

town here who has a permanent yard sale every weekend, he’s always open and I

always go in there. He’s always got something interesting, so I usually buy

this leather from McMaster car.


They sell it in all kinds of widths and lengths and stuff, and

it’s a little pricey. I don’t know probably 20 bucks for a little piece. Big or

something I’d have to look it up. But he had this nice weight lifting belt in

there, which is the same material and it didn’t fit me, I’m not going to go on

a diet anytime soon, so I say well that will make a great slapper face

material. So hopefully we get two slappers out of this and it was folded over

like that, and this is where you want to attach.


It is up here, so it’s already got the nice fold in it. So all I

got to do is mark it cut it and then screw it and then we’ll oil. This all up

and it’ll take its nice color and everything so we’ll be back in a little bit

and we’ll have it ready to go. So I got the leather all cut up in the band saw

and it turns out. Look at this perfect got enough.


Leather left for another. One plus got a strap for a hood, an

old fire truck, or something like that. There’s your hood strap right there, so

that was a pretty good five-dollar purchase. Now I got a leather belt punch and

I got it mocked off here and I’m going to use these sheet metal screws because

um I don’t want the screws breaking and she metal screws are hot and they

should be no problem going into that wood. We’ll put a little grease on them

and we’ve got six holes.


We’ve got a punch here, try to get them all about the same, all

right, there’s three there and then we’ll have three over here. So we’ll punch

these holes, I’m going to drill the holes. Get it mounted and get the screws in

there probably take them out and then I’ll oil this and then put it all back

together again and you’ll see it all finished. I think it’s going to be a nice

little piece. I’M marking this out, then we’ll drill those holes out it’s a

little white grease on the screw threads, really nicely we’re going to take

this apart again, because we’re going to oil this up. So now, we’ve got to get

the holes drilled over on this side, we’re not going through. Okay. Let’s do

those and I’ll mock the other one with the just drill into it. Drill this these

are the hobby freight uh, cordless drills. I found I bought two of them.


I found them to be very, very good machine, very happy with

them. I have a bunch of different ones and this white grease. I get that from McMaster

carr. This is the best white grease I’ve ever used. I’ve used the ones in the

tubes before it’s uh, it’s very runny.


This stuff is really thick and really holds on really good

stuff. One little tub like that. Last year’s. I got the leather all nice and

tight around the nose and on the body, that’s a nice machine there, nice tool,

so next we’ll take that all apart and we’ll oil it up with this uh wood

treatment. Here, let’s see what it looks like all right, we’ll put some oil and

wood food on here brush that on you see now, the color is coming up good,

that’s something I get at Home Depot!


This will seal it. This is the best part of doing any wood work

is when you let the color come through on your wood, really nice, I just sanded

it with 80.If. I sanded it with 120. It would be a little bit better, but 80 is



On this. A nice rag on it that should do it now we assemble it

back up again, so there you have it the finished product, it’s good for another

100 years or so that’ll be a welcome addition in the shop. I always have a

whole bunch of students and need two or three four slappers at all times so uh,

it’s not a two-million-dollar duck decoy, but in a hundred years it might be

worth a hundred grand. So this is a nice little project. You can make at home

the cost is very inexpensive.


We’re going to be doing these, make your own tools – videos,

probably a couple times a month, probably and we’ll have a little section on

the website where you can download the free template for this and we’ll have a

dimension drawing, and you can make it yourself and there’s a whole bunch of

ideas. I’ve got for little tools that are very uh helpful in the metal shaping

shop. Alright, so thanks for watching it’s Wray from ProShaper in Charlton, Mass

and remember metal is clay.


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