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I’ve been attending a woodcraft class one day a week for a few months now and have made a few basic things including a simple jewellery box, bow saw, carpenters style mallet (sadly, I managed to break this) and most recently, a carvers-style mallet. Actually, this is the second mallet I’ve turned; the first is covered in bruises from use on my chisels.

It’s simply a piece of scrap seasoned oak which would otherwise have sat on a shelf waiting for someone to see the inside of it or to go on the fire (which would have been a shame). Black bands made by a tiny cut with skew chisel for a piece of steel wire to rub against and burn. Finish is a couple of coats of walnut oil from the kitchen cupboard allowed to soak in a bit and buffed up with an old t-shirt.

Please be gentle, I’m a beginner to both woodworking in general and woodturning.

(Please click on the image to show it properly, if you’re interested, as the server software has taken chunks off to make the thumbnail)

-- It's worth every moment of effort you put in if the kids enjoy it!

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#1 posted 03-10-2014 03:37 PM

That is a nice piece! Keep going on making cool items. Looks like the walnut oil gave it a nice finish.
I also like how your picture turned out using the pitchfork to prop the piece.
Make sure you keep sharing too!!!

-- (the only thing in there she says is....tap on head..........tap..........tap..... saw dust) - James

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#2 posted 03-10-2014 03:40 PM

Very nice carvers mallet ,nice work


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#3 posted 03-10-2014 10:16 PM

Looks like it will give u many years of service. Nice job. I think it’s great that you take a class one day a week.

-- Mike - Northern Upper Michigan

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#4 posted 03-10-2014 10:52 PM

Whats to be gentle about. Looks Great!

-- "All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence, and then Success is sure." Mark Twain

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#5 posted 03-10-2014 10:53 PM

very cool, great work

-- steve, simple and effective

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#6 posted 03-11-2014 01:46 AM


-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#7 posted 03-11-2014 01:48 AM

Great looking mallet, nice turning.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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#8 posted 03-11-2014 02:09 AM

My grandma had one of those. She didn’t say nothin’ about chisels or mallets…... she called it her Bedsnake Bat. I was only 9 at the time. She said I would understand when I got older.

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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#9 posted 03-11-2014 04:34 AM

I like it.
Thanks for showing.

-- Quicksilver

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#10 posted 03-11-2014 11:42 AM

Beautiful piece! Nice and simple, the black lines give it distinction, and the finish came out great! Nothing to be gentle about at all, you done good!

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#11 posted 03-11-2014 02:18 PM

Just looks professional

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#12 posted 03-11-2014 02:23 PM


If that was indicative of her attitude in that arena, it’s a wonder she ever became a Ma, much less a Grandma.


-- Herb, Florida - Here's why I close most messages with "Be Careful!"

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#13 posted 03-11-2014 02:46 PM

HerbC…. She had 17 kids.

I still don’t understand, being young and impressionable as I am.

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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#14 posted 03-11-2014 08:33 PM

Thanks everyone for your kind words. I didn’t expect anything like this much response; re-inforces the impression I got while just browsing this site that it’s filled with nice folks.

-- It's worth every moment of effort you put in if the kids enjoy it!

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#15 posted 03-11-2014 09:50 PM

Matty, forgive me please for interupting your thread.

I thought it was a really good item too…... no matter what Some people think!


-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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