Project 100! The bulls eye mallet for swap

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Project by jeffswildwood posted 11-17-2019 01:26 AM 1553 views 1 time favorited 24 comments Add to Favorites Watch

That’s right, this is project 100 for me. I couldn’t believe it either. I wanted to save the spot for a “special project” I am working on but then I thought, what could be more special then to show what I made for the swap for another wood worker and to celebrate all the great friends I have made in here. I have had a blast on here and have really enjoyed all the swaps I have I been in.

Enough of that, lets get to the mallet I made for Devon Sinsley (D_Sinsley). I had an idea during the last mallet swap but hurt my back taking my lathe outside. The idea never came to be until Keebler called another mallet swap. I knew this was my chance and I got work on the Bulls eye mallet. I have saw many mallets and made a few myself that were laminated on the sides. I never saw one that was laminated from the center. I didn’t even know if it would work.

I started by turning the head. I kept it small to be a light duty mallet for small work, dowels and fine adjustments. This was easy but now how to bore the center to get the layers in. From the live centers I had the center marked so next was the drill press with a forstner bit. Easy but now I had to turn an insert. Not too big so it won’t crack the outer layer and not too small so there would be a gap. So I began turning the insert. Get it close, test fit, more turning, test fit. It took forever! I got it in, let the glue dry and began the next layer. Same procedure. After that a handle and I was really happy with the results. The outer layer is walnut as is the handle, the next is cherry and the center, very hard maple. As I bonus I made a screwdriver with the same pattern on the top of the handle.

Keebler, I really enjoyed this swap, thanks for running it and Devon, I hope the set serves you well for many years. Also since this is project 100, thanks everyone for looking at my projects, even the early ones and for all the nice comments you have gave me over the years. I appriciated every one of them. Now, next start the next 100!

I better include a thanks to my Son, for doing my photography for 100 projects. No easy task for him I’m sure with a picky Dad.

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

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#1 posted 11-17-2019 01:32 AM

That is awesome Jeff!! Really unique, out of the box and well done. Congrats on 100 projects.
Edit: also tag it with 2019 mallet swap with spaces between the words where it will be in both places. Most of the projects are in the one with spaces :)

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

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#2 posted 11-17-2019 01:35 AM

Very unique yes, Lovely workmanship, Congratulations on the 100th project.

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

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#3 posted 11-17-2019 01:49 AM

Beautiful pieces. Love the layered look.

-- Vicki on the Eastern Shore of MD

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#4 posted 11-17-2019 01:58 AM

Thanks for the comments everyone. Duck, took care of 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 02:15 AM

very nice and great job on the pictures, too.

-- Robert in middle TN

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#6 posted 11-17-2019 03:21 AM

Great work, Jeff! Way to rise to the challenge and make a unique mallet for the swap. And congratulations on 100 projects!

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#7 posted 11-17-2019 03:24 AM

That’s great Jeff. You can no longer call yourself a beginning turner. Not sure I could get a fit like that.

BTW, the screwdriver you made me with that kit has become my go to screwdriver when I need one in the house. It sits in a drawer in the kitchen and gets used s lot.

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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#8 posted 11-17-2019 03:35 AM

Top marks Jeff, YES that’s 100 out of 100….Very well done sir.

-- Lifes good, Enjoy each new day...... Cheers from "On Top DownUnder" Crowie

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#9 posted 11-17-2019 03:40 AM

Bullseye mallet. LOL. That’s thinking out of the box Jeff. I’ll bet it took some time to get it to fit right. Nice work buddy.
Congrats on your 100th.

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

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#10 posted 11-17-2019 03:45 AM

Hey, Jeff, from the name and the initial image I thought there was going to be shell casing in the end. Color me pleasantly surprised! Beautiful combo, and your son’s photography with the items on the stump mirroring the bullseye? Brilliant! Thank you both for sharing and congratulations on 100 projects.

-- God bless, Candy

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#11 posted 11-17-2019 04:07 AM

This mallet is well fit for 100th project, Jeff!
Congrats on both – great swap and 100th project.

-- "It's getting better..." - put this on my RIP stone!

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#12 posted 11-17-2019 07:12 AM

Nice project, but also very beautiful photo scene!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#13 posted 11-17-2019 12:32 PM

That is really cool!

-- Petey

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#14 posted 11-17-2019 01:05 PM

Thanks for the comments everyone. This was a fun swap and I’m glad to be able to take part in it.

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

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#15 posted 11-17-2019 02:26 PM

Well as the lucky recipient I can say they will get a lot of use. the bullseye is a totally unique design, Love it.


-- Devon

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