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Bent Joiner's and Carver's Mallets - Mallet Swap 2019

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Project by Mosquito posted 11-15-2019 11:00 PM 1259 views 0 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

For the 2019 mallet swap, I was able to turn out a coupel mallets. Sorry, won’t happen again…

The carver’s mallet was all turned out of one round blank, and I tried to contour the handle so that it was comfortable and easy to register when used in two positions (choked up and towards the end). The joiner’s mallet is a 3 piece laimnation of maple, making sure that there were no seams where I wanted to put the handle. The handle is bocote, and I turned it round, then flattened the two sides that run parallel to the mallet head to help with registration. I turned the mallet head 3 times with 3 different work axes to achieve the angles. This was a first for me, and I won’t lie, this mallet almost didn’t make it in to the swap… I very much like the joiners mallet

Both are finished with Natural Watco Danish Oil for easy maintenance.

These went to RichBolduc

-- Mos - Twin Cities, MN - http://www.youtube.com/MosquitoMods - http://www.TheModsquito.com





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JD77

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#1 posted 11-15-2019 11:18 PM

Wait! No pics of the joiner mallet on the lathe! Mos, that’s the one (or three) pic we are all wanting to see. We all know how to hold a mallet (well..not all)!

But great job, anyway. Care to share your finishing technique for the carvers mallet. I’m still very much learning and it looks really nicely done.

JD

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#2 posted 11-15-2019 11:27 PM

Very nice work. Sounds like a lot of effort on the lathe doing things I don’t know how to do. End result looks great!!

The head looks like it is angled. I assume that isn’t an optical illusion and was the reason for all of the axis changes on the lathe?

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

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Mosquito

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#3 posted 11-15-2019 11:41 PM

Thanks guys!


Wait! No pics of the joiner mallet on the lathe! Mos, that s the one (or three) pic we are all wanting to see. We all know how to hold a mallet (well..not all)!

But great job, anyway. Care to share your finishing technique for the carvers mallet. I m still very much learning and it looks really nicely done.

JD

- JD77

haha, I know, when I was going through my pictures I was disappointed I didn’t have any on the lathe lol I guess I fell in to the “zone” :-D

For finishing, I just kept it on the lathe and sanded up to 320 grit, then parted it off the lathe, and sanded off the little nubs with a small disc sander, and then applied the danish oil with a rag and let it cure up. I found a while ago that if I take it all the way up to 600 or 800 grit, it starts to not feel as “soft” to me anymore. Not quite sure how to describe it, but I like 220 or 320 for things I’m going to hold. I always include pictures of holding them for scale :-P


Very nice work. Sounds like a lot of effort on the lathe doing things I don t know how to do. End result looks great!!

The head looks like it is angled. I assume that isn t an optical illusion and was the reason for all of the axis changes on the lathe?

- EarlS

You are correct Earl, basically you turn the blank right through the center to turn the middle part where the handle goes through, then I offset the drive center and live center 1/2” in opposite directions, turned one mallet head, and then offset them 1/2” the other direction and turned the other mallet head. It’s subtle, but just enough to make it feel right in use. If I were to make another I’ll be sure to get pictures and/or video

-- Mos - Twin Cities, MN - http://www.youtube.com/MosquitoMods - http://www.TheModsquito.com

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anthm27

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#4 posted 11-16-2019 12:39 AM

Superb, Very Nice work and great swap items.
Excellent
Regards
Anthm

-- Hand Skills provide freedom.

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jeffswildwood

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#5 posted 11-16-2019 01:01 AM

Mos, that off center turning had to be a trick. You pulled it off though. Excellent and creative work!

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

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#6 posted 11-16-2019 03:02 AM

Good job, Mos! And a neat trick!

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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JD77

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#7 posted 11-16-2019 03:21 AM


I always include pictures of holding them for scale :-P

Yeah, I did it in my project post for the same reason

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Mosquito

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#8 posted 11-16-2019 03:43 AM

Thanks guys!

-- Mos - Twin Cities, MN - http://www.youtube.com/MosquitoMods - http://www.TheModsquito.com

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KelleyCrafts

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#9 posted 11-16-2019 06:50 AM

Awesome Mos! Quality as usual! Looks like a fun build for sure.

-- Dave - http://kelleycrafts.com/ - pen blanks - knife scales - turning tools

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mikeacg

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#10 posted 11-16-2019 11:51 AM

Mos,

Love that off-center turning and that carving mallet is a great size (I’m using an old wooden rolling pin with one of the handles cut off so I probably need to get off my butt and make myself a real mallet one of these days!)

-- Mike, A Yooper with a drawl, http://www.artcentergraphics.com

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AnthonyReed

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#11 posted 11-16-2019 01:32 PM

They came out beautifully Mos.

-- ~Tony

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Bill Berklich

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#12 posted 11-16-2019 01:48 PM

Great project – I was wondering how you did the bend. Thought maybe it was glued sections but Now I can see where a mutli-center turning was the answer

-- Bill - Rochester MI

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489tad

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#13 posted 11-16-2019 02:40 PM

Nice job Mos, both are pretty sweet!

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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HokieKen

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#14 posted 11-16-2019 02:49 PM

This is some great stuff Mos! I love the joiners mallet. Gonna have to give that one a go :-)

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

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woodcox

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#15 posted 11-16-2019 06:12 PM

Nice tools, mos. Both look like great mallets.

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

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