Ipe & Partridgewood Mallet

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Project by JayG46 posted 09-04-2013 01:25 AM 1824 views 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The handle for this mallet (made out of partridgewood) was originally intended to be French style rolling pin but it winded up being comically small in diameter by the time I got it fully round. As a result, it spent a considerable amount of time in the School of Wayward Turnings, a.k.a the Rubbermaid bin where I toss all the things I screw up on the lathe (which is most of them).

I see a lot of mallets on this site and as I was rummaging around in there today, I had the idea of repurposing it as a handle. After cutting off one of the narrow sides, back on the lathe it went, and after removing some material and adding a few details, it was ready for a head. There was a pretty decent-sized 3×3 post of ipe in the shop and I cut off a segment about six inches long with a 10 degree angle on either side. I drilled a hole with a 3/4” forstner bit and turned the handle relatively close before doing some fine tuning with a card scraper and sandpaper.

The handle is finished with CA Glue, the head with cutting board oil/wax and the two parts are attached with epoxy. I didn’t add any weight to it as both pieces of wood are pretty heavy in their own right and I probably won’t be banging this thing around very often, if at all.

Thanks for checking it out, and feel free it let me know how hard I can hit something with it before the handle snaps due to my faulty construction!

-- Jay Gargiulo, Naples, FL "Once you understand the way broadly, you can see it in all things."- Miyamoto Musashi

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#1 posted 09-04-2013 02:01 AM

Nice work, I need to add one of these to my ‘to do’ list.

-- TurnTurnTurn

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#2 posted 09-05-2013 06:02 PM

To nice to actually use.


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#3 posted 09-09-2013 01:30 PM

Good looking mallet! Like the beautifully shaped handle and I’m sure it’s a reliable tool.

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#4 posted 09-18-2013 05:33 AM

Even “wayward turnings” find purpose! It takes a creative mind to think outside the Rubbermaid box!!! Well done :)

-- Elaine in Duncan

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