Small Joiner's/Carver's Mallet

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Project by builtinbkyn posted 03-19-2019 06:09 PM 906 views 2 times favorited 25 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Never throw out what you think are scraps :) I have quite a few walnut off cuts from the foyer console and some scraps of purple heart stacked in the dust collector room along with many other scraps and off cuts, so yesterday I got an itch to turn a handle for a mallet from the walnut and purple heart off cuts. I also had some brass stock remaining from a tool swap and used that for the mallet head. It was turned on my lathe, carefully :)

The handle is simply finished with hard wax. The base or holder is a piece of pear wood sent to me by another LJ that runs around with just a cape and Thor hammer who will remain nameless to protect the innocent people who happen to know him intimately ;P

I think I need a small milling machine :O

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

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#1 posted 03-19-2019 06:30 PM

(a) I like that holder a lot :-) That’s a great idea and dang, that mallet is sexy!

(b) This caped stud of whom you speak sounds like someone I strive to be.

(c) Trust me, you DO NOT need a small milling machine. You need a medium sized one. I’ve yet to hear anyone with a benchtop job say “man, I sure am glad I didn’t go any bigger on this thing” or anyone with a knee mill say “I sure wish I had gotten something smaller”

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

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#2 posted 03-19-2019 06:36 PM


-- There are good ships and there are wood ships, the ships that sail the sea, but the best ships are friendships and may they always be.

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#3 posted 03-19-2019 06:42 PM

Nice. I use a wood carver’s mallet for 99% of my whacking…chisels, holdfasts, aligning parts, fitting drawers, driving dovetails home etc. Something smaller could fit the bill.

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#4 posted 03-19-2019 06:48 PM

That walnut turned really crisp. Looks great!

-- "Duck and Bob would be out doin some farming with funny hats on." chrisstef

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#5 posted 03-19-2019 07:27 PM

that came out beautiful bill.your right about the scraps im always finding uses for them,although i limit myself to pieces at least a foot long,unless it’s an exotic wood then even the smallest pieces can be made into a pen or something.

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

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#6 posted 03-19-2019 08:16 PM

simply beautiful almost to nice to use LOL GREAT JOB :<)))

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

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#7 posted 03-19-2019 08:35 PM

Your going to love it! I bought the Veritas one long before getting a lathe, may make a slightly longer handle for it?

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#8 posted 03-19-2019 10:19 PM

Thanks guys. The fun part was when the first piece of purple heart blew up on the lathe. The pieces PH I have are flat sawn remnants. So the end grain is out, which is cool since it reveals nice rings. But blamm! A chunk came off in an instant. Thankfully it stopped at the epoxy line. I sawed the bad section off and started over, running the lathe much slower.

So Kenny, you know this caped masquerader? lol Yeah I just want a small machine to mill things like this mallet head so I don’t have to do it on my lathe with the wrong tools.

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

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#9 posted 03-19-2019 11:05 PM

Another fine mallet, Bill. I like the handle detail. I hope you like it half as much as I do mine.

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

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#10 posted 03-19-2019 11:18 PM

So what you want Bill, is a small metal lathe? Mill is the hard way to make that mallet head.

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

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#11 posted 03-20-2019 12:05 AM

Nice little persuader, Bill! Are you allowed to use brass in Steel City, though? ;-)

-- Dave - Minneapolis

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#12 posted 03-20-2019 12:55 AM

I’m not sure those of us that know Kenny want to think of him and intimate in the same sentence.

That is a fine, sexy looking little mallet. and the holder really makes a statement. You’re making the rest of us look bad with projects this nice.

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

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#13 posted 03-20-2019 07:35 AM

That is a winner, both looks, and the right size for bopping just a little bit.

Crazy backstory

-- Think safe, be safe

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#14 posted 03-20-2019 01:31 PM

Thanks Mitch. Glad you’re getting good use of yours.

Kenny maybe you’re right. A small metal lathe would do what I need – some drilling as well as turning. Less expensive too. Man those mini mills aren’t cheap. Not even the HF models.

Thanks Dave. Hmmm? A tungsten steel mallet :0

Thanks Earl and you’re probably right too lol Oh and Earl, no one can make you look bad when you make at least three of everything as well as you do :)

Thanks TRS. As you said, it’s just for use when a big mallet would be too much wallop.

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

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#15 posted 03-20-2019 03:47 PM

What I beautiful piece of work. I like the look and the design. Also like the holder. Thanks for sharing.

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA ………….. one can never be too organized

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