First Mallet attempt

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Project by Tooch posted 02-15-2019 07:56 PM 994 views 0 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I wanted to integrate more Turning projects into our advanced level wood shop class now that the kids had a taste of Pen-making. Something simple, i thought, would be a mallet, and would integrate multiple pieces and turning a runout tolerance for a tenon on the handle. So this was my first attempt made from Maple, Ambrosia Maple, and a strip of Walnut for good measure.

The hole and tenon are both 3/4”, and roughly 1-1/4 long. It was a really snug fit so I don’t think that any lateral reinforcement is necessary (yet). I finished it with CA glue and buffed it out with some Shellawax, which is the same process that I used on my pens.

I tried it out only a few times today, and noticed a crescent moon if I didn’t hit it square. I guess I need to include a larger roundover on the ends to prevent that.

Thanks for looking, and if there are any more experienced turners I’d love to hear some suggestions. Thanks!

-- "Well, the world needs ditch-diggers too..." - Judge Smails

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#1 posted 02-15-2019 08:18 PM

A very pretty piece. Just to pretty to BANG HARD!

I make rough ones that I use a lot; they are just ugly, but very useful that way as I do NOT CARE if I wreck them.

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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#2 posted 02-15-2019 10:38 PM

Haha thanks Ralph, this was a replacement for an old wooden mallet in our shop that was very beat up and had “Happy Smacker” written on the side with smiley faces drawn on the ends.

After one day I had more complaints from students that the happy Smacker was gone than compliments on the new one. Ha!

-- "Well, the world needs ditch-diggers too..." - Judge Smails

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#3 posted 02-15-2019 11:32 PM

That looks great. The kids will be able to make something that they may use for the rest of their lives. Great job buddy

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#4 posted 02-16-2019 01:26 AM

If that hammer doesen’t beat all. I think the students will enjoy this one a lot. If not, you can use it as a teaching tool. LOL. Great mallet Tooch.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#5 posted 02-16-2019 02:58 AM

nice work beautiful mallet buddy

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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#6 posted 02-16-2019 03:05 AM

Very Nice Project & Well Done Tooch!


-- Richard (Ontario, CANADA)

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#7 posted 02-16-2019 03:19 AM

Thanks Dave Larry and Richard, always nice to hear from you.

-- "Well, the world needs ditch-diggers too..." - Judge Smails

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#8 posted 02-16-2019 04:42 AM

Turned perfect for the first time! Nice wood combination.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#9 posted 02-16-2019 07:11 AM

Good project I just make he simple 1 piece round makkets for smackers!
Not sure I would use CA glue?

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#10 posted 02-16-2019 02:25 PM

Good looking hammer Tooch! First attempt turned out amazing! Your post bring me back to my High School shop days. 1962-66

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

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#11 posted 02-16-2019 04:02 PM

That came out very well. Beautiful Mallet.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#12 posted 02-17-2019 02:15 AM

Very nice mallet, Mike!!

Cheers, Jim

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

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#13 posted 02-17-2019 05:08 AM

Beautiful work! But, I’ll admit my opinion is flavored by the fact that I love the the combination of maple and walnut.

-- Howard - "Time spent making sawdust is not deducted from one's lifetime." - old Scottish proverb

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