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Project by Deaser posted 02-10-2012 06:15 PM 1728 views 1 time favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I needed a mallet to use for beating on chisels, so I turned this carver’s mallet out of some 4/4 cherry offcuts I had laying around. The finish is danish oil. This was my first turning project in over 15 years, and my first project on the lathe shown in the picture, which I bought with my house for a mere $75 about 7 years ago! I think the former homeowner just didn’t want to move it! It’s not pretty, but as you can see, it gets the job done.

Once I got the shape I wanted, I was in such a hurry to trim the ends on my new bandsaw that I forgot to sand it on the lathe! I could’ve chucked it up, sanded it, and trimmed the ends again, but it is small enough that I decided to hand sand it. Lesson learned.

That’s my dog, Kip, making his Lumberjocks debut by posing during the glue-up. This project was a lot of fun and I hope to do more turning in the future!

-- Steve, Pennsylvania

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#1 posted 02-10-2012 07:10 PM

I’m sure that it’s just the photo – but that mallet looks huge. I like it though, you did a fine job of turning it, especially considering that you haven’t turned in so long.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#2 posted 02-10-2012 07:15 PM

Wow, you can do some serious banging with that! Should be ideal for mortising work. Nice turning job.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#3 posted 02-11-2012 02:28 PM

Really nice! I like seeing pictures of the shop tools that everyone use,there’s noting wrong with that lathe.

-- Brian Brooks, Maine

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#4 posted 02-11-2012 04:15 PM

Great looking mallet. Has a nice shape to it.

-- You will never build it unless you try. The second one always turns out better.

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