New Mallet Project

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Blog entry by LelandStone posted 01-22-2012 03:32 AM 961 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Okay, so…I’ve bought a gouge on eBay, and I’m making some others, and it occurred to me: I don’t have a decent mallet. In fact, I’ve NEVER had one, and making one has been on my “tuit” list for far too long. Soooo…
downstairs in the shop today I made some headway. The blank I’d glued up from 6/4 hard maple stock, then cut and mounted in my lathe (second favourite tool in my shop, thank you):


That done, I then bored the mallet head for a handle:

And then turned a handle:


The glue-ups were all done using “Gorilla Glue,” which I figure is about as good as having solid wood. Certainly good enough for this project anyway. I’ll be finishing the mallet tomorrow, then wailing away on my ‘new’ gouge…soon as it arrives from Maine. Any day now. :D

-- Leland, OC Calif.,

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#1 posted 01-22-2012 07:12 AM

Looks like a super start.

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#2 posted 01-22-2012 06:26 PM

Jim, it’s really been amazing working with this lathe. I’m a newcomer very late in my woodworking journey to this versatile tool, and when the variables are all balanced correctly and wispy shavings peel off that spinning blank—wow! It’s just magical to me. I’ll post a photo of the finished product ASAP.


-- Leland, OC Calif.,

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