Hardwood mallet Osage orange

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Project by ColoradoMtn posted 02-04-2018 04:31 PM 862 views 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well at Christmas Santa gave me a beautiful block of Osage Orange! What amazing wood!

It was a joy to work with though i dont do much crafting compared to the amazing craftsmanship i see here on LJ.

My wife gave me a spokeshave which is such a wonderful tool. I used it to fashion the handle shape – in the past ive used rasps. still a novice with this tool

After measuring a 5 degree angle & cutting by hand i fashioned the handle ( hard maple) Used a bevel gauge

I pegged the head to the handle with 1 dowel only
I did use a small amount of wood glue

This wood block came coated in a type of wax
I usually finish my mallets with linseed oil but i samded the osage orange with orbital sander & as i did so it transformed the wood. It seemed to melt the wax coating & had quite the effect – i really liked it. Almost like a built in coating
I left one side rough cut so you can feel the saw marks – kinda cool. The other head face is smooth

This osage orange felt so smooth with the melted wax it astounded me. Even my daughters ( who generally arent too interested ) were impressed.

I finished it off by covering the head transitions with kangaroo glovers leather. And added a thick leather loop to hang it.

Very rewarding project

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#1 posted 02-04-2018 05:36 PM

Fun to look at your progression in the Mallets you have made. It is fun to work with as ,any different woods as a person can!

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#2 posted 02-05-2018 05:44 AM

OOOH Osage orange and Kangaroo leather sounds somewhat kinky too me.


-- Thor and Odin are still the greatest of Gods.

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#3 posted 02-05-2018 07:09 AM

Amaizing wood and so beautiful hammer.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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