Brass Mallet / Carvers mallet (Journeyman) mafe versions

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Brass Mallet / Carvers mallet, MaFe versions
Three sizes of DIY Journeyman mallets

I have for a long time had a sweet eye to the little Journeyman brass mallets, so one day where I was at the local scrap iron place I bought a 12 kilo rod of brass (the same price as one mallet).
Next step was to spin it on my lathe… But my friend Napoleon said I could pass his former work, and we could use a big metal lathe there, so I waited for the day. (I have a little Emco 3 lathe, and on this it would have taken a week…).
One evening we meet there, Thomas, Napoleon and I. I brought some of my good coffee, and we even had pizza delivered. And it was time to change that brass rod into some mallet heads. We had great fun, Thomas axe asked for two sizes, Napoleon a little one, since he had a medium size, and I had three sizes made one heavy large bastard also for some good blows. After this night the brass heads ended up in my workshop, and rested there for a while but not so long ago I had the lathe on the table, and called the two guys and invited them to come and do handles, and in the meanwhile I finished of mine. Thomas axe made his, and Napoleon had to wait since they ran out of time… So another day I will have them back for the last two.

Here the results:

1. Three brass mallets, different wood, different size.
2. The medium size are app the size of a standard Journeyman, I tried to keep a smooth design for the handles.
3. Brass rod changing into mallet heads (what a wonderful lathe).
4. Me spinning the lathe, changing an old table leg into a handle.
5. The parts for a mallet.
6. Before, on the way and after.

A thank you to Napoleon and Thomas axe for the company, and help on making the heads.

The reason why I wanted to make these was that I thought my DIY dovetail chisels needed a beautiful company.
Press here to see the dovetail chisle post :
And the blog.

Hope it can be to some inspiration,

Best thoughts,


-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect.

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#1 posted 02-11-2011 02:07 PM

You’ll be opening your own toolshop soon Mads with all these great tools you keep making. The mallets are really nice.

-- Andy - Old Chinese proverb says: "If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it."

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#2 posted 02-11-2011 02:11 PM

That’s great if you have the machines to do it.
Nice work

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions !!!

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#3 posted 02-11-2011 02:13 PM

Simply beautiful!

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#4 posted 02-11-2011 02:31 PM

These are great, Mafe. This is one of those times, when I see beautiful little projects like this, that I miss the metal lathe that was in the shop where I worked at one time. Thanks for the post.

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#5 posted 02-11-2011 02:38 PM

Very nice Mads. Well done. FYI, I have discovered that you can turn softer metals like brass, copper or aluminum on a regular wood lathe as long as your turning tools are high speed steel. I’ve been making my own ferrlules for tool handles on my wood lathe. I have not attempted anything as large as these mallets though.


-- Hey, woodworking ain't brain surgery. Just do something and keep trying till you get it. Doc

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#6 posted 02-11-2011 02:53 PM

Hi Mads, lovely little mallets. Thanks for this inspiration. I will probably make one if I can get hold of some brass. I 2nd Doc’s claim that these can be done on a standard wood lathe with HS tools. I have turned a fair amount of brass on mine. it’s a little better on a metal lathe and surely faster, but I get quite good results with my Record Lathe.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#7 posted 02-11-2011 03:06 PM

Hi guys,
Mike, it was my intention to do it on my wood lathe, but when Napoleon told me we could go to his work I took the offer. My challange on the wood late would be to get it straight, I’m working on a copy sled in my thoughts now for a while, for my wood lathe, once this is made I will surely be able to turn brass and alu, with some carbide tips (these I have bought some time ago). Yes it’s not easy here to get hold of brass…
And just for the ‘Record’, I am so happy for my Record lathe (the same as yours), I completely agree, that it’s a wonderful lathe, and I feel really lucky that I found this used at a fair price, instead of the other I had bought (When I sold the other I got what I paied, so no harm was done).
Doc, yes I will love to make some wonderful heavy ferules once.
Tim, nice to see you here and I took a tour in your wonderful projects, thank you.
BKO, ;-)
Stelliart, yes, I have been looking for quite some time if I could find a piece of brass with the right shape / dimension, but with no luck… The right friends also help… Some times a six pack at the local shith will do also.
Vonhagen, go for it!
Andy, yes some day I might… But for now I make what I want to use, so no sales yet…
Thank you all for the nice comments, they truely make me smile here in the sunshine in Paris today,
best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect.

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#8 posted 02-11-2011 03:14 PM

beautyfull work Mads :-)
great blog with great pictures as always from you
when you tell how much fun you have I realy wish
I lived just in the mittle , its great to see how much fun you have together …LOL

take care

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#9 posted 02-11-2011 03:29 PM

Ohhhh yet another tool I want for my shop! Very impressive Mads. I like! I like!

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#10 posted 02-11-2011 03:30 PM

that is one nice hunk-a-brass! those are awesome, and they’ll be very useful. very nice project/s

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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#11 posted 02-11-2011 03:30 PM

Hello Mafe

Beautiful tools
Very nicely done

I want a set like yours !!!

Thanks a lot for sharing

-- Diggerjack-France ---The only limit is the limit of the mind and the mind has no limit

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#12 posted 02-11-2011 03:46 PM

I haven’t been on LJs long, but already I can usually recognise one of Mafe’s beautiful/clever/inspired/creative projects even before I look at the accompanying text.

-- Don, Somerset UK,

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#13 posted 02-11-2011 04:05 PM

Sweet looking Bangers!!!

-- Pat - Worker of Wood, Collector of Tools, Father of one

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#14 posted 02-11-2011 04:40 PM

Wonderful mallets Mafe. If you can get a compound slide rest that will bolt to your lathe bed, and a tool
holding post that will hold your carbide cutters, or make a similar arrangement, you will be able to do fairly
accurate machine work on your wood lathe. I had to make a jack shaft so I could use 3 step pulleys to
get the rpms down and the torque up for metal, but it has been fun playing with the arrangement. Thank
you once again for sharing your knowledge and tool making abilities with us.

-- As ever, Gus-the 80 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#15 posted 02-11-2011 05:03 PM

wow now that’s a mallet anytime you wanna sell some of the tools you make let me know?

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop, http://[email protected]

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