Dice Mallet 2.0 and a Machinist Mallet

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Project by KelleyCrafts posted 11-16-2019 05:16 AM 907 views 1 time favorited 28 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So this is the second time I’ve had Earl as a swap recipient. I really had to step it up for him this time but last time I went pretty big so it had to really be good.

If you don’t know, Earl sent like 291 different people his dice mallets he made for the previous mallet swap just for fun, just because he’s nuts, just because he likes to torcher himself and look like a nice guy or something…no clue but I was a recipient of one. These things are awesome. Awesome idea too!

So with that said, the dice mallet has become legendary. Seriously, a living legend is amongst us. He looks like this:

And no, that’s not Tim Cook…At least I don’t think it is.

So what do you do for a dude who does all that for so many?

“Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery that mediocrity can pay to greatness.” ― Oscar Wilde

So I made one out of aluminum with brass pips. It’s not as polished as I would like it to be but man I ran out of time on this a little and it’s not quite as good as I wanted it to be but for some reason Earl is acting like it’s all good so I’m all good with it.

The main item was the machinist mallet which turned out great and will be a handy beast for sure. I even made myself one along the way since I needed one too. These have steel and brass with Purple Heart on the handle for Earl and the one I kept has African Blackwood.

Thanks for looking, I’m open to any questions if you have any.

-- Dave - - pen blanks - knife scales - turning tools

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#1 posted 11-16-2019 06:00 AM

Great work – those are so lovely!
I actually have a questions;
- how did you attach the brass to the steel
- how did you attach the wooden handle?

-- It’s good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end. - Ursula K. LeGuin

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#2 posted 11-16-2019 06:03 AM

Those are some sweet mallets. I like the brass dot inlays (how are they held in place?).

-- Allen, Colorado (Instagram @bobasaurus_woodworking)

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#3 posted 11-16-2019 06:34 AM

Tek, everything is threaded and then screwed on.

I don’t have a pic of the brass being threaded or the all thread I used between the steel and brass.

The wood in the handle was done on the lathe. I left close to 5” of rod on the bottom of the metal piece at 1/2” diameter so I could drill a 1/2” hole on the wood blank and slide it in and epoxy it. Here is what the metal bar looks like after I turned it on the metal lathe.

After that I made a jig, I tapped and threaded a piece of aluminum and turned it round so my wood lathe chuck could hold it. I screwed the handle into the jig and was able to turn it true and neat.

Hope that explains it well enough.

-- Dave - - pen blanks - knife scales - turning tools

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#4 posted 11-16-2019 06:35 AM

Allen, I drilled 3/8” holes and used 3/8” brass rod. I hammered them in and used green loctite made for that kind of connection. Every pip (dot) turned out great except one of the pips on the number six that you can see in the pics.

-- Dave - - pen blanks - knife scales - turning tools

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#5 posted 11-16-2019 06:36 AM

Outstanding work,
Very nice and a generous swap.

-- There is no hope for any of us if we keep apologizing for telling the truth.

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#6 posted 11-16-2019 06:37 AM

Thanks Anthm!

-- Dave - - pen blanks - knife scales - turning tools

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#7 posted 11-16-2019 08:28 AM

A bit off-topic, but could you say something about the table that the mallets are laying on?

-- It’s good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end. - Ursula K. LeGuin

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#8 posted 11-16-2019 11:30 AM

Beautiful work Dave! I know how daunting it is to have Earl as a recipient (but that picture is downright scary!!!!!!)...

-- Mike, A Yooper with a drawl,

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#9 posted 11-16-2019 11:43 AM

I think Dave must have photo shopped a picture of some random homeless dude. I look so much better. Just ask my wife (or maybe not). ;+)

At any rate, yah, the aluminum dice mallet is pretty awesome. OK – it’s really awesome. The best part is that I can use it and not have to worry about it falling apart like the original I sent him did unfortunately. Even my daughter thought it was really cool.

The machinist mallet is either the frosting on the cake, or the whole cake. I’m on my way out to the shop to make some room for these mallets next to the rest of my “Mallet Collection” by Kelley Crafts

The blackwood version looks like there is a different end on the head opposite the brass side. Is that a rubber cap? BTW – great work. I’m thrilled to be the lucky recipient of such creative and high quality work.

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

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#10 posted 11-16-2019 11:57 AM

Great work, Dave! Glad I wasn’t in this swap to get shown up by you.

I didn’t know about loctite 680. Thanks for the tip!

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#11 posted 11-16-2019 12:14 PM

This things are amazing… I really think the dice mallet imitation was my favorite of this swap… With Earl’s submission being a damn new tie at second. One day I hope to get up to the level that you two do.


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#12 posted 11-16-2019 12:38 PM

Dave, you really did step it up this time. Absolutely fantastic set. The metal work, (which I wish I could do) combined with the wood work is just amazing. Great job!

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

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#13 posted 11-16-2019 12:44 PM

Awesome work Dave! I’m take two of each please ;-)

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

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#14 posted 11-16-2019 01:41 PM

Awesome work Dave!

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#15 posted 11-16-2019 01:41 PM


-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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