Roy Underhill style Maul / Mallet - Black Walnut #2: Taking Shape.

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Blog entry by jordanp posted 12-11-2013 01:42 AM 2761 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: Free wood is good wood part 1 Part 2 of Roy Underhill style Maul / Mallet - Black Walnut series Part 3: cleaning it up »

When i mentioned to my brother that i needed him to cut stuff with his chainsaw he came right over..

Keep in mind this wood is very very green. I sealed the endgrain to prevent checking.
I used a draw knife to strip the bark off two thirds of the log before we started on the next step.

He was so intrigued with the project he wanted one of is own as well, so I set him aside a log as well.

I clamped the log down to some gluelam slabs I had outfront.

We cut across the grain approximately 1”deep spaced 1-3” down the length of the log on 4 sides..

Once the cuts are in place the wood can be chipped away with a chisel and mallet.

I used a Spoke shave and draw knife to get the hadle back to a “Roundish” shape

More to come later.

-- J. Palmer Woodworks - Rockwall TX -I woke up this morning thinking “man, I really hope someone posted some soul scarring sh*t on LJs today.” -- - Billy

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#1 posted 12-11-2013 10:25 AM

Wow, that’s rustic woodwork! Love the “small” mallet you have there. Is that one of your own creations?
Nice one,

-- Garry fae Bonnie Scotland

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#2 posted 12-11-2013 11:40 AM

That “Y” clamp looks really handy, never seen one of those before. And what is that tool with the 2 white strips in the last picture? Looking forward to more.

-- God bless, Candy

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#3 posted 12-11-2013 02:51 PM

A great mallet for green woodworking!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#4 posted 12-11-2013 04:05 PM

Nice. A good big beater is a very useful tool.

-- - Terry

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#5 posted 12-11-2013 04:31 PM

Garry, Candy, That is a very “light” Chisel mallet I made from a table leg when I first started into woodworking.
the white strips are leather pads one at the widest top part for harder hits and one down lower for controlled taps..

The larger rectangle mallet is also one I made when I first started out, it is internally weighted with led fishing weights, Very heavy.. I made it from some Oak bed rails someone threw to the curb.

On a extremely tight budget and wanting to start woodworking I had to get creative, so I made a bunch of the tools i needed, Mallets, Marking Gauges, Try Squares, Rulers, Marking Knives, Hand Planes, Awl.

I believe the Y clamp was purchased at Lowes.

Thanks for the kind words everyone.

-- J. Palmer Woodworks - Rockwall TX -I woke up this morning thinking “man, I really hope someone posted some soul scarring sh*t on LJs today.” -- - Billy

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#6 posted 12-12-2013 01:17 AM

Those glulam slabs would make great benchtops.

-- "A man may conduct himself well in both adversity and good fortune, but if you want to test his character, give him power." - Abraham Lincoln

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