Turned Mallet for Swap 2014

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Project by GMatheson posted 07-03-2014 01:05 AM 2181 views 4 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is my contribution to the Mallet Swap. I sent this one to Woodmaster1 in Indiana.

The head is made from Macawood and the handle is White Oak. The head is a two piece lamination in which I cut a dovetail in each before gluing to hold the handle so there is no chance of the head flying off the handle on this mallet. (I forgot to take any pictures during the build. Something I need to work on remembering.)

I turned the handle of the mallet so there are at least three comfortable grips depending on how you want to hold it. The wire collar between the head and handle is picture frame wire that has been CA glued in place. This is only decorative to covers up some ugliness that appeared during turning but also adds a little bling to the mallet. The finish is multiple coats of Danish Oil and finished off with a coat of wax. I went a little overboard with personalizing the mallet but everything fit quite nicely on the end.

The Macawood is hard stuff. Before getting it turned to final size I was hitting it on random things and found the only thing to dent it was the corner of metal objects. It scores a 2700 on the Janka scale which makes it some of the hardest wood I have used (but it actually was pretty easy to work with).

I don’t remember the final weight of this mallet but i believe it was around 23oz.

-- Greg in Ontario, Canada

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#1 posted 07-03-2014 01:09 AM

Nice, the two tone look is eye catching.

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#2 posted 07-03-2014 01:42 AM

Nice looking mallet, cool idea using the picture wire to “cover up some ugliness”. Thanks for sharing…

-- Dan

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#3 posted 07-03-2014 03:21 AM

Can’t imagine the word “ugliness” and that mallet belong anywhere near each other, Looks great Love the stamped top. Great idea

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#4 posted 07-03-2014 04:56 AM

The macawood is beautiful. I will have to find some. The mallet looks great. You know Woodmaster’s smiling.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#5 posted 07-03-2014 01:27 PM

Nicely done in all respects—I especially like your wood choices.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#6 posted 07-03-2014 04:49 PM

Really nice mallet. How did you do the inscription? I really interested in that.

-- Paul, Duvall, WA

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#7 posted 07-03-2014 05:52 PM

Was pretty simple Paul. I just used a 3/16” letter stamp set. I marked a centerline and then a baseline for each row of text and tapped each letter with a hammer starting from the middle and working out to keep everything centered.

-- Greg in Ontario, Canada

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#8 posted 07-09-2014 02:03 PM

It is an awesome mallet and I can’t wait to put it to use. Maybe I will be able to use it on the box swap. Thank’s Greg for a great mallet.

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#9 posted 12-17-2014 06:42 PM

Thank you Greg for sharing this mallet. The letter stamping is a great idea to mark all your projects. I am definitely going make an identical mallet for a friend of mine and will also stamp it.



-- Jan, Free State Province, South Africa

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