Emerald ash borer gets another tree. I get new mallets.

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Emerald ash borer gets another tree. I get new mallets.
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A friend had to cut down another ash last summer. Very hard stuff. Great for mallets. Next I’ll chuck some up on the lathe and make some carvers mallets.

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#1 posted 06-05-2018 11:24 PM

Beautiful work Ben!

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#2 posted 06-05-2018 11:28 PM

Very nice Ben! win win!

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#3 posted 06-06-2018 12:08 AM

Good looking mallets

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#4 posted 06-06-2018 12:17 AM

Nice mallets, Ben!!


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#5 posted 06-06-2018 01:53 AM

Nice mallets. I prefer the angular head to a round one. Someone had made a list of woods he would use, and had 1700 on the Janka as a standard minimum for hardness. Evidently he forgot Ash 1320, and Hickory, which did get to 1820 as being the 2 most blow capable woods used in production due to extreme resistance to impacts, and also being fairly affordable, and available. Basically it’s very serviceable.

That darn beetle is a problem for those of us in Ohio. The years of 2005 through 2014 you could buy all you wanted in Ohio, usually for 50 cents a bd/ft. A few weeks ago I saw a guy trying to get 14.00 bd.ft. He said it was like Chestnut, no more of it. I hope he’s wrong. I’ve always liked working Ash, actually prefer it to Oak.

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#6 posted 06-06-2018 02:09 AM

Thanks for the education Steve! I had never heard of the Janka scale. Seems to me you want a hard wood for a mallet but not too hard. Dont want to go breaking my chisels! I’ve also heard ash bends well. The grain is super straight.

The beetle tracks are in this stuff but not too bad. I didnt see the tree before it was cut down but I dont think it was very big.

I did mount some of this up on the lathe and it cuts like butter. No wonder it makes great baseball bats. I’m thinking maybe some rolling pins are in that pile also.


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#7 posted 06-06-2018 06:48 PM

Nice job.

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#8 posted 06-08-2018 12:11 AM

Good solid mallets Ben.

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#9 posted 06-08-2018 12:48 AM

Great mallets Ben. Ash is always a favorite of mine and a perfect wood to use. I’m with Steven N. I would much prefer the ash over oak.

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