Mallet/Hammer Swap 2018

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Project by mikeacg posted 07-19-2018 02:20 PM 1237 views 0 times favorited 26 comments Add to Favorites Watch

As I was pondering what to make for the swap, I dug through my firewood pile and discovered a few nice pieces of walnut. Cleaning them up on the bandsaw showed them to be pretty nice examples of the species. I did blow up a few early attempts and started to stress out – but I did the same thing in the box swap and that turned out just fine. So I decided to have a bit of fun.
The Gavel is somewhat cartoony but it gave me the chance to try out making a fluted column for the handle on my Sidewinder. I turned the head without issues until I tried to figure out how I was going to drill the hole for the handle. I ended up screwing the turned square stock to a piece of plywood and leveled with shims. I marked the center and milled a 2 diameter round pocket and a square clearance area for the top of the column to nestle into. Then I cut off the ends, sanded them round.
I figured that the piece required a holder or hanger of some sort but couldn’t decide what it should look like. The splash came to me as I was running around making believe I was smashing stuff with the big gavel. Grabbed a nice looking piece of 2×12 and started carving… It was a lot harder wood than I thought it would be so I had to burn a bit of midnight oil to get it shipped by last Friday.
The cockroach box just struck me funny as we always had to deal with the little buggers when I lived in NC. I thought my recipient would get a kick out of it!
Really enjoy the swaps now that I have 2 under my belt.

-- Mike, A Yooper with a drawl,

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#1 posted 07-19-2018 02:50 PM

Very elegant mallet. Your pictures help illustrate the process and it’s challenges. If you don’t mess up a few times then you aren’t pushing the limit. The “splash” and bug lid are creative genius.

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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#2 posted 07-19-2018 02:55 PM

Very nice! The splat really sets it off!

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way that says "I meant to do that".

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#3 posted 07-19-2018 02:59 PM

What did you carve the splat with? That’s awesome


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#4 posted 07-19-2018 03:08 PM

WOW Mike ….what an awesome job on this fine looking mallet … love the splat … GREAT JOB :<))

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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#5 posted 07-19-2018 03:09 PM

What they said^ Mike. I absolutely love the “splat”! This a definitely one of the most creative swap projects!

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#6 posted 07-19-2018 03:42 PM

Thanks guys! It was a fun project for me.
I drew the “splat” up in pencil and then moved to the bandsaw to cut it out. I did as much as I could there before moving on to a flexible shaft with a ball bit (Behave Kenny!!!). After that I moved to sharp carving tools and then sandpaper. It’s probably not as smooth as I would like and some cracks formed as it dried but the deadline was looming over me so I figured I’d sweeten the pot with the bonus box!

-- Mike, A Yooper with a drawl,

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#7 posted 07-19-2018 03:53 PM

That’s one very serious project! At the same time very funny with that smash effect -great work!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#8 posted 07-19-2018 04:10 PM

Very beautiful work. For some reason, even though the mallet and splat are exceptional, I think my favorite thing is the carving of the cockroach.

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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#9 posted 07-19-2018 04:14 PM

I’m the proud recipient and this is a great theme mallet that brought smiles to my wife and me. It’s going on the mantle, not to the shop. Thank you Mike.

-- Rick M,

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#10 posted 07-19-2018 04:24 PM

Awesome looking mallet Mike! Love that strike effect! Rick you are one lucky guy! Congratulations!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#11 posted 07-19-2018 04:43 PM

Thanks Ivan!
Nathan – you made me laugh!!!!
Rick – I am so glad that you like it!
Thanks Tony!

-- Mike, A Yooper with a drawl,

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#12 posted 07-19-2018 05:25 PM

Outta sight!! I love it….............Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#13 posted 07-19-2018 08:14 PM

Nice splat carving, Mike! I think that makes this my favorite so far.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#14 posted 07-19-2018 08:23 PM

Hey Jim! Appreciate it man!

Thanks Dave! You ran a great swap last time and I learned a lot. Now Neil has pulled us through another outstanding effort! Lot of good looking stuff changing hands! Feeling blessed to be a part of it…

-- Mike, A Yooper with a drawl,

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#15 posted 07-19-2018 11:44 PM

Mike, I love the flutes. Can you describe how you made them? It totally makes the piece!

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