Mallet swap 2018

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Project by Woodmaster1 posted 07-19-2018 04:06 PM 1176 views 1 time favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Woodcox gifted me some amazing swap items. I never thought of using a shell casing for a Ferrule. I will have to try that method. Thanks Woodcox.

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#1 posted 07-19-2018 04:27 PM

Nice work wood cox.

-- Rick M,

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#2 posted 07-19-2018 05:24 PM

Very nice work and nice gift, Woodcox!!


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

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#3 posted 07-19-2018 05:54 PM

I like the shape of the mallet, what kind of weight/heft does it have? What is the striking wood? Is that handle Ebony?

Is the smaller tool to hold an exacto blade?

Neat post, thanks to maker,and poster.

-- Think safe, be safe

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#4 posted 07-19-2018 07:42 PM

It is marble wood and African Blackwood, the marking gauge has a traditional cutter and handle is made from Bocote.
The blade on the marking gauge is excellent if he made the blade he needs to sale them.

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#5 posted 07-20-2018 04:15 PM

Thanks fellas! This was a ton of fun and I really enjoy making tools. These are a humble mimic of the venerable Blue Spruce Toolworks 16oz mallets made by Dave Jeske, sans resin infused head.

A long stainless heavy wall tenon is epoxied inside the marble wood and African Blackwood with some old Canadian wampum knurling for bling. My scale is not reliable so I’m not sure on it’s weight.

I knew to make two.

I finished my swap early then life made accoutrement time hard to find. I did make him a bocote marking knife with a 41rem mag casing that was trimmed down. The blade has been reground like a knife edge on the face instead of the bevels. It leaves a fine line especially when darken with lead.

You are very welcome, George. I hope they serve you well. I have been doing some mortising with mine and it has performed nicely. Even with many hard blows too the marble wood face grain, only little ripples can be felt and are hard to see. Very nimble when choked up on but will pack a hard wallop with ease. I hope you love using yours as I do mine.

-- "My god has more wood than your god" ... G. Carlin.

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#6 posted 07-20-2018 09:35 PM

Wow, woodcox… that is a beauty. Love the idea of the coin as the metal spacer and the steel shaft for reinforcement. Always admired the blue spruce mallets, might have to try this someday (though I’m a terrible turner).

-- Allen, Colorado (Instagram @bobasaurus_woodworking)

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#7 posted 07-20-2018 10:40 PM

Thank you sir. The tenon is 317L 3/8 OD .065”wall. From my bench to his, really. I robbed those coins off my big veritas twinscrew endvise handles. I “turned” the vise handle ends on my DP before I had a lathe and they are all around my bench. I don’t ever use it and it may get the chop for a proper tailvise.

-- "My god has more wood than your god" ... G. Carlin.

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#8 posted 07-21-2018 12:38 AM

Beautiful mallets and marking knife, Woodcox.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#9 posted 07-21-2018 01:01 AM

Woodcox the mallet is a thing of beauty. The Blue Spruce mallets have always been one of my favorites and you nailed it. The woods selected are just a perfect composition. Repurposing the coin was brilliant. And the marking knife is simply beautiful. Who wouldn’t want to lay out dovetails with that? A really, excellent swap offering!

-- Bill, Yo! Brooklyn & Steel City :)

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#10 posted 07-21-2018 12:39 PM

A couple of beautiful pieces! I was going to ask about the metal ring so I’m glad you jumped in and showed how you made them! The coin idea will be added to future projects and the shell idea will come in handy on projects for my shooting friends…

-- Mike, A Yooper with a drawl,

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#11 posted 07-23-2018 01:41 PM

Fantastic design and execution Woodcox! Love the coin idea and that’s a take I haven’t seen before on a marking knife. I’ll definitely keep both in mind for the future!

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

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