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Dice Mallets #2: Heads Up

08-31-2018 05:25 PM by EarlS | 9 comments »

The heads started out as 2×2x12 (African Blackwood), 2×2x18 (Ebony and Yellowheart) and 3×3x12 (Bloodwood, East Indian Rosewood). After cleaning off the wax and squaring things up, the pieces were ripped to 1 7/8” squares. Since the Leigh M&T jig was already set up for the 1/2X1 mortise and tenons all i had to do was mark centers for the mortises that would receive the tenon on the handle. The handle tenons were cut first so hey can be checked for fit without taking the head blank out of the M&T jig. I also left the blanks long to work better with the hold downs on the jig. Short pieces like the heads (5 1/4”) are difficult to keep secure in...

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