Nice piece of ash

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Project by lumberjoe posted 11-04-2012 02:05 AM 1494 views 1 time favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Now that I have a lathe, my miserable excuse for a mallet just had to get retired. I turned this out of a 12/4 off cut I got for nothing at the mill. I like my mallets on the chunky side, so this one is pretty long (about 12 1/2 inches) and I left the handle thick. Due to some carpel tunnel issues, my hands cramp up quite easily when I grip things too hard, so the thick handle really helps. It’s not quite heavy enough, so I am going to bore a hole in the middle of the head and fill it full of lead, then tap a brass cap over the hole. I over sanded some spots on the lathe and it is taking finish weird (danish oil). A few more coats should do the trick.


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#1 posted 11-04-2012 02:13 AM

Very Nice! I turned a similar one from Pecan, but ogived the fore-end softly. Didn’t stain and finish as yet but used quite a bit. I like your rings on the handle.

-- Russell Pitner Hixson, TN 37343

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#2 posted 11-04-2012 02:14 AM

That looks great Joe. I’m sure that you’ll get plenty of use out of it.

(There is no doubt some joke here about ash and banging, but I’ll let it go at that.)

-- “Big man, pig man, ha ha, charade you are.” ― R. Waters

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#3 posted 11-04-2012 02:23 AM

Thanks! I’m super impressed with myself for this one. It doesn’t look like much but the head is EXACTLY the same diameter. I also turned the head using the one tool I screw up with the most; the 1” skew.


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#4 posted 11-04-2012 03:11 AM

I like the detail on this one. Very nice work. Not everyday you can turn a piece and spin a pun at the same time :)

-- There is little that is simple when it comes to making a simple box.

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#5 posted 11-04-2012 04:30 PM

So that’s what a “nice piece of ash” looks like.

If you’re intent on loading it for more mass, use bird or buck shot. Makes almost a “dead blow’ mallet.

Nice job! Don’t see many like that in the wild.

-- Sawdust and shavings are therapeutic

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#6 posted 11-05-2012 01:35 AM

Bird shot was my weapon of choice, however after using it, I think it’s plenty heavy enough. I’m going to leave it alone for now


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#7 posted 11-08-2012 11:04 PM

Very cool Joe! And you did that as a beginner in turning. I am majorly impressed. I see some real talent there.

I think a Lathe is in my future. Your mallet shows me that I might have a slim chance of making something decent. Thanks for sharing.

Wait a moment – I’ve seen your pens! They’re awesome. This is not your first trip around the block.

Maybe I’m overestimating myself. I think Lathes require a huge amount of skill and artistic ability. When I tried a lathe for the first time, I almost killed myself out of stupidity. I’ve been afraid of them ever since.

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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#8 posted 11-08-2012 11:49 PM

Mark, I think the opposite. I struggle with a lot of woodworking, but I find turning really easy. I am far from an expert, but it took me no time at all to become quite mediocre. This is definitely a skill I can see myself getting pretty good at – especially with some formal instruction on some of the more advanced techniques.

For me anyway, the learning curve was very shallow. After a few pieces of scrap, I was able to make some acceptable looking pens within a few hours of setting up the lathe. My wife is much better than I am, but she has also put in MANY more hours than I have.


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#9 posted 11-08-2012 11:54 PM

My Father-law that was always joking around would have called this a “clunken himer”
Looks cool I like the extra detail.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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