Devon's 2019 Mallet Swap

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Project by d_sinsley posted 11-16-2019 04:35 PM 260 views 1 time favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So I had a lot of fun with this swap. Never made a mallet or an awl. So both were knew to me. So I present the Backyard Whammer.

The woods:

I made the mallet and awl from all salvaged wood. The black walnut is from a tree that was in my bosses yard and got hit by lightening and was dying. So I dropped it, had it milled, let it air dry for two years, and now have been working with it for the last two. The cherry is Bing cherry from my father-in-laws back yard, when he removed it I snagged some, mostly for chips for my smoker, but a few of the bigger pieces I threw off to the side and I decided to use some for this. For the awl I used an additional third wood that is dunage from a shipping company. I have no idea what it is but its dense, heavy, and turns nice.

The mallet is a dead blow hammer with leather faces and about 4-5 ounces of lead shot in a hollow head. I used a pattern from WOOD magazine that I had squirled away to make someday. I embellished the design with the funky end on the handle. The awl is a simple segmented design and uses an old cartridge casing from my elk hunting rifle, a .308 Norma Magnum. And the steel is some very hard brazing rod I had laying around. To protect the tip of the awl I made a finial of walnut that I left unfinished so it could be used on a project.

-- Devon

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#1 posted 11-16-2019 05:03 PM

Nice work. Bonus points for the salvaged wood. I thought the center portion looked like it was curved but I wasn’t sure until I saw the 5th picture.

Looking forward to seeing you in more swaps.

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

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#2 posted 11-16-2019 09:42 PM

Good job,Devon!! It looks like 2 simple items, but I know that you put a lot of work into them. That’s a good sign that you did it right.

-- Genghis Khan and his brother Don, couldn't keep on keeping on...

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#3 posted 11-16-2019 10:00 PM

Super cool mallet.

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

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#4 posted 11-17-2019 01:31 AM

First mallet? Wow. Looks like you been making them for years. Nice job buddy.

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

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#5 posted 11-17-2019 01:31 AM

Very nice work.
Great swap item

-- Hand Skills provide freedom.

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#6 posted 11-17-2019 06:33 PM

very nice and as Earl said bonus for using your own wood …. also was a GR8 idea to use a cartridge for the furrel on the awl GREAT JOB :<))

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

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#7 posted 11-18-2019 05:20 PM

Great work, excellent source of wood, and I’m jealous of the awl!

-- I'd rather be a hammer than a nail

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#8 posted 11-18-2019 09:06 PM

Thumper is a name I thought just belonged to Disney. I like that Awl a lot.

-- Think safe, be safe

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#9 posted 11-19-2019 03:56 AM

Very nice, and if you hadn’t said they were your first, I would’ve figured you were experienced.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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