Mallet and Display Case

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Project by je_superfly posted 04-22-2013 07:51 PM 1728 views 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this at the request of my Dad for an upcoming Masonic event. It is going to be presented to Mr. Dave Dechant when he gets installed as Grand Master of SC. The mallet itself is made of cherry, purpleheart, and figured maple. Same basic design as the other one I made from the Woodworking for Mere Mortals video. I made several changes from the last one however…thicker handle, more rounded profile on the strike faces, and it’s non-weighted as it will be decorative for the most part. It was requested that I engrave his name and title on it too. I lack the knowledge and tools necessary for that so I tried a toner transfer method which worked well.

I also made a box/case for it to rest in. Cherry sides with a figured maple top. I bookmatched the panel from one board and chose the most flattering section for display. Pretty simple really. Mitered corners with maple splines. The cherry that was used for this project was given to me by a family friend. I’ve been able to get some fair mileage out of the boards he gave me and am thankful for them. Everything was sprayed with lacquer and rubbed out for a semi-glossy smooth shine. Thanks for looking everyone!

-- -James, Sumerville SC

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#1 posted 04-22-2013 08:13 PM

please explain this toner method to me, I would like to learn it. thanks

-- Stan, Southville, Ky

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#2 posted 04-22-2013 08:17 PM

Absolutely beautiful. A fitting gift for a Mason.

-- "Begin every endeaver with the end ever in mind."

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#3 posted 04-23-2013 01:46 AM

That’s a sexy mallet, lucky guy he is. Thanks for sharing!

-- Greg D, Cen. CA, "Keep it on the Level, Do it Right the First Time!"

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#4 posted 04-23-2013 03:28 AM

Stan-the toner method I used is an interesting idea I obtained from John Heisz on youtube. Basically you print whatever text or image you would like to apply in a mirrored state. It’s important to note that it must be toner from a laser printer as ink jet prints won’t work with this method. Then simply place the print where you want and gently wipe it down with acetone. He uses lacquer thinner in his video, but I had much better luck with acetone. Here's a link.

Thank you for the kind words guys!

-- -James, Sumerville SC

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