A question I received on attaching the leather to the face of the mallets.
I thought I would pass it on.
I saw you used contact cement for the leather-end-grain adhesion. I am not really familiar with it (I have read about the dry and press methods of application), but assume it does better against end grain?
Have you had any problems w/ the leather peeling off, or are there other adhesives worth trying? (I had been considering cyanoacrylate, since I have that on hand…)
The reason to use contact cement for this is the very same reason not to use it on veneers.
It remains flexible. Super glue is brittle after hardening and using the mallet will break the rigid glue line, and allow the leather to come off.
The first mallet I made, at least ten years ago still has the original leather glue to it, and that was using contact cement.
I sent one of the mallets I showed in the pictures to Jude. When I attached the leather to the face a couple weeks ago I used a non water based contact, applied a coat to each surface and allowed it to dry. I then second coated both surfaces and allowed that to dry.
With the leather laying on the bench, glue side up i pressed the face of the mallet onto it. Than I whacked it against the bench a couple times. Using my scalpel I cut the leather around the outside edge of the leather. Then using a spinning and rocking motioned I worked the edges tight to the wood. This will never come off!
I hope I didn’t get carried away in my description.