A word to the wise ..........

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Blog entry by Oldtool posted 01-11-2013 07:33 PM 1554 reads 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A while back I posted my first turning project, a carving mallet, in the hopes of securing tips on how to avoid skew catches. ( ) Today I learned a new fact about mallets, as I’m sure Confucius would say:

“It is a wise man who chooses to never make his carving mallet from African Mahogany” .......

see the enclosed photo …..

-- "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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#1 posted 01-11-2013 07:37 PM

Huh. Good to know.

-- Brian Timmons -

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#2 posted 01-11-2013 08:33 PM

I’d cut er clean, drill a hole trhur and attach a new oak handle. Its just a mallet.

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#3 posted 01-11-2013 08:51 PM

your’e just too strong!

-- Joel

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#4 posted 01-11-2013 08:53 PM

Tough break. Pun kind of intended. I hope you can get it out back together, its a fine looking mallet.

-- Its not a crack, its a casting imperfection.

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#5 posted 01-11-2013 09:51 PM

Not making another handle, only made this as a turning exercise. Not going to put together either. It’ll make a fine turning of another smaller item. Any suggestions?

-- "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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#6 posted 01-12-2013 12:41 AM

A tiny mallet? :-)

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#7 posted 01-12-2013 02:09 AM

I would agree with the new handle, can you turn a 7/8” round tennon the same length as the mallet or close to it? Can you make a shoulder on the handle that will hide the seam and turn it into a flush connection? If not then this mallet has a lot more to teach and the wood really is a good one for small carving chisels. Make it a true hardwood handle that contrasts nicely and it’ll last years to come.

-- --Rev. Russ in NY-- A posse ad esse

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#8 posted 01-12-2013 06:10 PM

The softness that makes Mahogany nice to work is also a detriment to it’s strength. That’s probably why we rarely see it used in structural ways or wherever elasticity is required. A piece of Birch or Beech is real good for mallets. Better luck next time.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#9 posted 01-12-2013 08:33 PM

Since this is a turning project, why not take to the next level? Learn how to chuck the head of the mallet and bore a hole into it. Then learn how to turn a handle with round tennon that will fit into the new hole. This will restore the mallet to its usefulness and expand your turning skills.

-- Jesse, Saint Louis, Missouri

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#10 posted 01-12-2013 11:20 PM

Too bad, it sure is handsome in mahogany.


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#11 posted 01-12-2013 11:29 PM

I’m sure you will fix the handle by replacing the handle with a more sturdy wood.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#12 posted 01-12-2013 11:50 PM

Duct Tape.

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

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