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Project by norwood posted 01-04-2010 02:57 AM 2203 views 4 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have had the week off and figured I should clear out all my loose scrap wood I had a chunk of walnut that was kicking around a I scooped a chunk of cherry from my grandparents wood pile “been drying for 20 plus years”
there was enough of both for a standard mallet and a small carver style not the best finish but i am going to hit things with them. ran them on the lathe sanded to 220 and the standard has a blind wedge and the carver was lathed as two, glued together and both were tung oil and bees wax simple and easy

note to self walnut as dense as this requires both sharp tools and a dust mask I fear that I will be coughing nasty black goo for days …ahh life lessons

-- of all the things Ive lost in life i miss my mind the most

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#1 posted 01-04-2010 03:26 AM

Nice useful mallets.
What is a blind wedge?

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

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#2 posted 01-04-2010 03:33 AM

You did a great job on both mallets. They really look good with the walnut. I turned one like your small one for light chisel work and carving. I’ve had it many years and I love it. I also have a heavier wooden mallet about the length of your large one, but I didn’t turn it because I needed a stronger handle and a bigger head with an angled face on it to hand chisel mortises with.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#3 posted 01-04-2010 03:39 AM

Blind wedge: you split the handle the same as if it went all the way through the head and cut a short wedge glue the hole and the gap in the handle make the wedge wider than normal so that it just fits and place the handle into the head and pound the crap out of it to seat the wedge into the handle

Thats what I do but god only knows what it actually is I forget that people aren’t in my shop when I build things
It holds good though

I dont do much “ANY” carving I just wanted a small persuader and had an extra piece so thought I might make a smaller mallet as well but they always look like a gavel I should make a square head mallet

-- of all the things Ive lost in life i miss my mind the most

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#4 posted 01-04-2010 04:06 AM

looks good!

-- - Jei, Rockford IL - When in doubt, spray it with WD-40 and wrap it with duct tape. The details will attend to themselves.

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#5 posted 01-04-2010 04:50 AM

Nice work very nice mallets


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#6 posted 01-04-2010 04:54 AM

“and pound the crap out of it ” Be carful, that’s how I cracked off a large piece of the front edge of my 70 year old bench top trying to fix my work! I still need to fix the top. Nice job on the mallets.

-- Style is simple, but not my execution of it.

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#7 posted 01-04-2010 07:31 PM

Nice work. I need to try this!

-- Jim in Langley BC Canada ---

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#8 posted 01-05-2010 12:53 AM

good looking mallet┬┤s
and I like the way you made the stillbild when you took the picture┬┤s on the bench

good luck with them


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#9 posted 01-05-2010 01:54 AM

sweet mallets, i would be afraid to hit things with them.

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop, http://[email protected]

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