Handmade Cherry mallet - lessons learned

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Project by ColoradoMtn posted 09-21-2016 05:08 AM 1207 views 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a cherry wood hand made mallet – not many power tools used. Although fun to make I made several mistakes on this one.
My steps included;
Cut & shape the head
Drilled through the head for the handle
Drilled a hole through the back side of the head & through the handle & secured & glued it with a hickory dowel
Shaped the handle
Drilled hole it handle bottom for a hanger
After sanding i cut leather to add a finish to the top of the handle / head transition
Thinking it would be good to shrink the leather I soaked the head & blew it ! This was a dumb move – it ended up causing a big split in the head .
My first mistake was using a relatively green (cut 8 months before) piece without coating the ends just after cutting it.
Well i liked the mallet and repaired it with plastic wood filler – it looks a bit beat
For kicks I used a wire to hang it
Now I always coat a freshly cut branch to prevent cracking

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#1 posted 09-21-2016 05:29 PM

Pretty neat. Looks like it came right out of an old world woodworking shop. Nicely done!

-- VR, Richard "Fear is nothing more than a feeling. You feel hot. You feel hungry. You feel angry. You feel afraid. Fear can never kill you"--Remo Williams

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#2 posted 09-22-2016 12:35 AM

Great addition to your shop, thank you for sharing the mallet

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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