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Project by David posted 08-14-2010 10:22 PM 1571 views 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was my first project with my lathe. the Handle is maple and the head is white oak with purple heart accents. I milled the faces square thinking I would like that but after using it i think I will need to angle them like a traditional mallet. Wax finish on the handle and lacquer on the head.

-- “Don’t tell me what can’t be done, tell me what you want done then shut up and get out of my way and let me do it!”

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#1 posted 08-15-2010 03:50 AM

Nice job. I haven’t got my lathe set up yet. You’re way ahead of me!! BTW, Welcome to LJ.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#2 posted 08-15-2010 03:52 AM

Like the colors I am doing one right now.

Jobillo and taphole maple head and either Osage or Black Palm for the handle.

I am thinking more the Palm.. head is cut and angled I was gonna cut out a section of the middle taphole maple and put in BB’s on one side with a thread insert and removable plug. The first piece of maple was way too dry and came apart had to cut another.

I am debating the BB’s now though I have a ton of taphole maple 4/4 brd that are twisted here and there.

-- Measure once cut twice....oh wait....ooops.

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#3 posted 08-15-2010 04:05 AM

How did you accomplish the darker rings on the handle? It’s interesting and attractive.

I’m curious about the choices of two finishes. Why which one where?

-- " his brain, which is as dry as the remainder biscuit after a voyage, he hath strange places cramm'd with observation, the which he vents in mangled forms." --Shakespeare, "As You Like It"

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#4 posted 08-15-2010 04:39 AM

Cool looking mallet. Like Lee I am interested in the details of how you did the rings.

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#5 posted 08-15-2010 07:42 AM

The dark rings are simple burn marks, hold a piece of wire on it while it spins.

@Lee—The method to the madness behind the 2 finishes. I wanted a finish that would age over time and show use for the handle, i love that dark look old planes and other tools get from using a grease pot (next project lol). Then i needed a very durable finish for the head, also I wanted to be able to touch it up relatively fast and spay lacquer I think does that well. I see store bought tools with lacquer finishes all the time.

-- “Don’t tell me what can’t be done, tell me what you want done then shut up and get out of my way and let me do it!”

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