My Very First Turning Project Ever

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I figured for my first turning project I would make something that will be useful… a round mallet. The woods are cypress, walnut and maple, only because that what I have laying around.

-- You can collect dust or you can make dust. I choose to make it.

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#1 posted 05-12-2014 01:57 AM

I look forward to the day when I can make something so nice looking and not be afraid to hit things with it =)

Awesome job!

-- Josh // "If trees could scream, would we be so cavalier about cutting them down? We might, if they screamed all the time, for no good reason." - Jack Handey

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#2 posted 05-12-2014 02:01 AM

I hadn’t thought about it before, but with a mallet like this, will you be careful which side(s) you use? Or will it be USEFUL to use different sides at different times? Like a chisel mallet with a hard face and a soft face? I don’t know what the hardness difference is between maple and walnut…

I also wonder if it could affect the CoP – could a mallet designed with layers of wood have a larger CoP based on the density of the layers (and the direction? It would be a round mallet that you only use 1 face of, but still…)

I’m sorry for thinking way too far into it! It’s a lovely piece – now lets see what you make WITH it! :-)

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#3 posted 05-12-2014 02:02 AM

Great looking mallet!!!

Given the size of your tool rest…
I thought it might be a tad longer!!!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#4 posted 05-12-2014 02:03 AM

Ted looks great ,and a round Mallet is what i use it seems like it works better for me ,looks like your a natrual on turning

-- Jesus Is Alright with me

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#5 posted 05-12-2014 02:10 AM

Looks great, Ted. Very nice addition to your tools.

-- Chris ** If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace. — Tom Paine **

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#6 posted 05-12-2014 02:14 AM

That’s perty Ted. Seems like that’s pretty amazing for a first turning. Now turn a square mallet. ;-()

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.

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Monte Pittman

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#7 posted 05-12-2014 02:15 AM

Good turning. You can post it on the wall like a trophy.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#8 posted 05-12-2014 02:15 AM

Josh, it’s only so nice looking in the photo. I can see every flaw! :)

Dusty, I did think about that as I was turning. I actually wanted to make it of solid cypress but didn’t have enough pieces. I don’t know that I’ll be whaling on anything with it, so I doubt it make any significant difference which part is the striking face. What is CoP?

Randy, I could have made it longer but this is the right size for usefulness. But maybe next time I can make a little league baseball bat?

Eddie, the nice thing about a round mallet is I don’t have to pay attention to using the flat part. :D

-- You can collect dust or you can make dust. I choose to make it.

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#9 posted 05-12-2014 02:17 AM

Very nice ! Beautiful mallet to start carving with. I don’t have a lathe or have never turned anything, I hope my first turning looks that good.

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#10 posted 05-12-2014 02:20 AM

Chris, unless I make a better one it will be my right hand mallet.

Bill, it’s not pretty… it’s handsome. And it did start out as a square mallet, with a square handle. I had to turn it because I couldn’t wrap my hand around the 3-1/2” square handle.

Monte, I have a splintered piece of I don’t know what it was supposed to be, to hang on the wall. Actually, it almost went through the wall a couple of times.

Tedster… oh wait, that’s me. Never mind.

-- You can collect dust or you can make dust. I choose to make it.

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#11 posted 05-12-2014 02:21 AM

Jeff, I didn’t say it was my first turned anything…. those are in the scrap pile. :D

-- You can collect dust or you can make dust. I choose to make it.

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#12 posted 05-12-2014 02:30 AM

Nice looking. You can always conceal carry that on weekends should you get in trouble!


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#13 posted 05-12-2014 02:37 AM

jinx, I never get in trouble on weekends. Well, not any more ;)

-- You can collect dust or you can make dust. I choose to make it.

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#14 posted 05-12-2014 03:14 AM

And so it begins! Your lathe will become your new mistress, and she will demand more and more of your time and resources. Fasten your chin strap … the fun is just beginning.

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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#15 posted 05-12-2014 03:17 AM

Great first turning, Ted. You will use it forever with a very special memory!

Nice going….............Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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