Carvers dead blow mallet

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Project by Lucsdogs posted 09-06-2016 04:11 PM 1350 views 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Out of curiosity as much as anything, I thought that I would spin out a small carvers mallet using lead shot as a means of making it a dead blow variety. It occurred to me after I had constructed it, I should have taken pictures during the build. However the construction is very simple. Turned a 2 1/2 ” cylinder out of maple, then parted it in two. I drilled out one half and turned a tenon on the other to match. After filling the drilled out area with shot to roughly 80% (taking into account the tenon) I glued the two cylinders back together and turned to final shape. Finish is two coats of boiled linseed oil. The hole that I drilled was 1 1/8” x 3” and shot from five 12 gauge shells provided a nice comfortable heft to the mallet.

-- Bernie, Oshawa, Ontario

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#1 posted 09-06-2016 04:28 PM

Nice job

-- Wood working will help heal your body and mind !!

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#2 posted 09-06-2016 06:29 PM

Hi Bernie, looks good. What kind of wood did you use?
Now you’ll be getting orders from the other club members. ;)

-- John, British Columbia, Canada

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#3 posted 09-06-2016 06:58 PM

Hi John, thanks. The wood is maple – not sure of the exact type, its not the hardest maple I’ve ever worked with. I think I’ll call it Pallet maple as that’s were it came from. :)
Hope you’ve been keeping well.

-- Bernie, Oshawa, Ontario

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#4 posted 09-06-2016 07:46 PM

Doing ok here Bernie. Enjoying teaching a bit of wood carving.
Starting to rebuild an “experienced” lathe that arrived as a gift.

-- John, British Columbia, Canada

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#5 posted 09-07-2016 12:59 AM

Nice job!

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