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For the 2019 mallet swap, I was able to turn out a coupel mallets. Sorry, won't happen again…

The carver's mallet was all turned out of one round blank, and I tried to contour the handle so that it was comfortable and easy to register when used in two positions (choked up and towards the end). The joiner's mallet is a 3 piece laimnation of maple, making sure that there were no seams where I wanted to put the handle. The handle is bocote, and I turned it round, then flattened the two sides that run parallel to the mallet head to help with registration. I turned the mallet head 3 times with 3 different work axes to achieve the angles. This was a first for me, and I won't lie, this mallet almost didn't make it in to the swap… I very much like the joiners mallet

Both are finished with Natural Watco Danish Oil for easy maintenance.

These went to RichBolduc

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Wait! No pics of the joiner mallet on the lathe! Mos, that's the one (or three) pic we are all wanting to see. We all know how to hold a mallet (well..not all)!

But great job, anyway. Care to share your finishing technique for the carvers mallet. I'm still very much learning and it looks really nicely done.

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Very nice work. Sounds like a lot of effort on the lathe doing things I don't know how to do. End result looks great!!

The head looks like it is angled. I assume that isn't an optical illusion and was the reason for all of the axis changes on the lathe?
 

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Thanks guys!

Wait! No pics of the joiner mallet on the lathe! Mos, that s the one (or three) pic we are all wanting to see. We all know how to hold a mallet (well..not all)!

But great job, anyway. Care to share your finishing technique for the carvers mallet. I m still very much learning and it looks really nicely done.

JD

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haha, I know, when I was going through my pictures I was disappointed I didn't have any on the lathe lol I guess I fell in to the "zone" :-D

For finishing, I just kept it on the lathe and sanded up to 320 grit, then parted it off the lathe, and sanded off the little nubs with a small disc sander, and then applied the danish oil with a rag and let it cure up. I found a while ago that if I take it all the way up to 600 or 800 grit, it starts to not feel as "soft" to me anymore. Not quite sure how to describe it, but I like 220 or 320 for things I'm going to hold. I always include pictures of holding them for scale :p

Very nice work. Sounds like a lot of effort on the lathe doing things I don t know how to do. End result looks great!!

The head looks like it is angled. I assume that isn t an optical illusion and was the reason for all of the axis changes on the lathe?

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You are correct Earl, basically you turn the blank right through the center to turn the middle part where the handle goes through, then I offset the drive center and live center 1/2" in opposite directions, turned one mallet head, and then offset them 1/2" the other direction and turned the other mallet head. It's subtle, but just enough to make it feel right in use. If I were to make another I'll be sure to get pictures and/or video
 

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Superb, Very Nice work and great swap items.
Excellent
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Mos, that off center turning had to be a trick. You pulled it off though. Excellent and creative work!
 

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Awesome Mos! Quality as usual! Looks like a fun build for sure.
 

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Mos,

Love that off-center turning and that carving mallet is a great size (I'm using an old wooden rolling pin with one of the handles cut off so I probably need to get off my butt and make myself a real mallet one of these days!)
 

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Great project - I was wondering how you did the bend. Thought maybe it was glued sections but Now I can see where a mutli-center turning was the answer
 

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Nice job Mos, both are pretty sweet!
 

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This is some great stuff Mos! I love the joiners mallet. Gonna have to give that one a go :)
 

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Nice tools, mos. Both look like great mallets.
 

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first bent mallet i have ever seen totally kewl idea GREAT JOB :<)) GRATZ TOP 3
 

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Thanks Tony, I certainly can't take credit for the idea, I got one from the very first mallet swap we ever did on LJ :)
 

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Very useful whackers Mos. Well done sir!
 
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