Spiral End Mallet #4: Banding the Medallion

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Blog entry by Kent Shepherd posted 08-19-2009 05:55 AM 2134 reads 1 time favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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As we progress to step 4, I do hope you’re finding this worthwhile. Even if you never make a “Spiral End Mallet”, maybe the principals here might be useful in other projects. If I see you adapting some of these ideas, then I will feel like I actually accomplished something with the blog. I’ve not done a blog like this before, so your input is important to me. Now—-lets see how to band the medallion. This is much simpler to explain than the last part.

First you need to clean up the edge. The hole saw does OK, but it might need a little touch-up.Here’s the process. These pictures are somewhat misleading—I forgot to photogragh before I glued the band on. That’s OK, because The process is the same. Picture 3 shows a sanding block

Cut strips about 1/16” thick, a little wider than the width of the medallion. They should be longer than the outside perimeter of the medallion. Soak in water for 15 or 20 minutes. I found it helped to pre-bend the strips
on a jig made frome a scrap cut with the same hole saw that was used to cut the medallion.

You will trim the length before glue-up. I left this overnight. Now it will be easier to fit and glue. Carefully fit the length to precisely fit around the medallion. Glue and clamp with the appropriate size hose clamp. Allow to dry overnight.

Clean-up again on the lathe. You may put 2 or 3 bands on the medallion. You could alternate woods for a different effect. Clean-up on your lathe between every band to keep everything round and neat. I showed using the sanding block first. A straight scraper works well on the band.

Drill a hole in a scrap with the fortsner bit you will use on the end of your mallet. Use this to check the fit of the medallion. Trim as needed on the lathe.

Now we are ready to begin the mallet itself. Part 5 on the way, SOON


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#1 posted 08-19-2009 06:04 AM

i’m learning , kent
one detail at a time ,
that’s the ticket .

thanks .

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#2 posted 08-19-2009 02:06 PM

Thanks Kent. This has been fun to watch.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#3 posted 08-19-2009 03:14 PM

sweet! thanks for taking the time to document the process, this can come to use in so many different ways (if I can only figure out those ways though…lol)

looking forward to the next episode….

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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Kent Shepherd

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#4 posted 08-19-2009 03:27 PM

David, One detail at a time is all my wee little mind can handle. With my typing ability, you should see how long it takes me to post. I never dreamed growing up in woodworking that you would have to become a computer expert (HA! HA!) and photogragher in order to share your work.

Thanks for the interest.


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#5 posted 08-19-2009 03:39 PM

me bruto , i carpenter .
built outhouse, know everything ,
want more money !
lend me tools , and pencil ,
i fix , you like !

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#6 posted 08-19-2009 03:46 PM

Kent , thanks for the update.

The series has been interesting

-- Whether You Think You Can or You Think You Can't, YOU ARE RIGHT!!!

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#7 posted 08-19-2009 08:00 PM

keep up the good work. now all i need to do is find the time to go out to the shop and build something that i want rather than things i need. i have mallets, so this falls under want and not need for now. thanks

-- mjhaines

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#8 posted 08-19-2009 10:18 PM

I like the use of the hose clamp.. outside the box.
This blog is moving along very nicely.
Hey bruto that janitors job is still open… lol…

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#9 posted 08-20-2009 03:01 AM

yo , goose ,

can i have a cutting
board to eat from ?

big one ,
i hungry !


-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#10 posted 08-20-2009 05:38 AM

great blog Kent really cool and interesting

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#11 posted 08-27-2009 03:04 AM

Very clever use of that hose clamp Kent.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#12 posted 10-08-2009 04:44 PM

Thanks Kent the hose is a great idea i learned a lot from this
you did a great job on this

-- OC down in Costa Rica. come down and see me some time. I'll keep the light on for you

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