Zebrawood mallet - checking issue?

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Project by ColoradoMtn posted 02-19-2018 03:22 AM 1020 views 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

As a newbie to woodworking Im amazed at all the various types of wood species. I try to test out and work with different types.

Picked up a small piece of zebrawood saturday & made a small mallet. It was easier than expected to drill through it. Love the grain pattern!

Made the front angle the standard 5 degrees & adjusted the back side angle

For the leather hanger i added a button from the wedge i cut. It was fun and a bit tricky to shape it into a circle. This hanger is different from my other mallets – not sure if it will interfere with hanging but wanted something unique.

I noticed a small check on the top side this morning – hope it doesnt spread or i may lose the whole thing…. perhaps drilling into such a small piece was a mistake. ? Your thoughts / advice welcome !

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#1 posted 02-19-2018 03:31 AM

Looks nice. Would not worry about the checking, if it fails it fails. If not just adds character.

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#2 posted 02-19-2018 01:32 PM

Zebrawood sometimes has that in it. When I buy planks of it I try to avoid them just as a cosmetic item.
But I don’t know about zebrawood as a wood for hitting things. It would not be my first choice. I guess you’ll find out if it cracks or not. You can always cut a piece of something else and put it on the handle.

-- Tsunami Guitars and Custom Woodworking, Cleveland, TN

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#3 posted 02-19-2018 05:56 PM

If worse comes to worse, you could drill from top to bottom and install some dowels. Should stabilize it and might look pretty good when done.

-- MEL, Kansas

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