Added Hammer mounts

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In the last couple of days, I've managed to sneak in some time to build a couple more tool fixtures for my wall hanging tool cabinet. I haven't grabbed any photos of it yet. I'll take one as soon as I get all four of my primary woodworking hammers mounted. So far, I have my el cheapo rubber tipped hammer mounted in a bracket at the bottom of the left door. I use that one for horsing out mortises and with my cheaper chisels for taking out the waste from around dovetails. And I also have a bracket installed for my bright orange dead-blow hammer.  I still have the Blue Spruce wooden round mallet to mount, and my Warrington hammer. They're all going to be tightly packed near the bottom of the inside of the left door.

It's such a contrast working on these tool mounts from the handwork I'm doing on Adriana's jewelry cabinet. On that piece, I'm pretty much doing everything by hand and being very meticulous. These tool mounts, on the other hand, are things I want to get done quickly, but accurately. While the hand work on the jewelry cabinet is slow and mindful and organic, somehow, these tool mounts require me to be more of a machinist, almost. The trick, of course, is screwing into a backing piece of plywood that is usually only 3/8" or 1/2" thick. So the depths of the mounting brackets, and the depths of the screw holes, need to be measured accurately to within a 32nd, to avoid blowing through the backing. This is especially true when mounting tools on the doors. The really odd thing though is that even though the work is dramatically different, I find it just as mindful and satisfying as the hand work.

Oh, and by the way, I've always liked the name of that fine cabinet tacking hammer . . . Warrington. It just rolls off the tongue. That, and my paternal grandmother always loved to talk about her grandmother; she was from a good, respectable family you know . . . the Warringtons. I just have no idea if my great-great-grandmother has any connection to the person for whom the hammer is named.