Carving Mallet

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Project by RaggedKerf posted 08-30-2013 04:54 PM 2161 views 1 time favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch

I took a cue from Sleepydog's Shop, a website I discovered eariler this week, where the author made a carving mallet out of a tractor bushing and a piece of wood.

I thought, I can do that, and I need a carving mallet anyway! So I went to the local Tractor Supply store, found me a 2 to 1 steel bushing in the farm and tractor section ($2.99) and got a block of cherry from Woodcraft ($3.99) and made me a mallet.

I followed the instructions from the blog and it worked perfectly! I don’t have a lathe, so I couldn’t turn the block of cherry into a nice smooth handle like I would like to…one day though…one day. So instead I used a combination of my carving knife—-ahem…utility knife—-and my 1” bench chisel (as a spokeshave lol another tool I need) and the belt sander of justice, to get the shape of the handle, which fits my hand almost perfectly.

I have blog two parts of making this little project, so if you want to see the details, start here:

Marking a Carving Mallet for Under $7

and then go here:

Carving Mallet Completion, to see how I did it.

Thanks for looking and thanks to Joe at Sleepydog's Shop for the inspiration!

-- Steve

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#1 posted 08-30-2013 06:32 PM

“Do the best you can with what you’ve got.”Remember you heard that here. It looks great and as long is it fits your hand well and does what it’s supposed to do, it’s perfect!

-- How it happened that Mastro Cherry, carpenter, found a piece of wood that wept and laughed like a child.

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