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Life as an Amateur Woodworker #73: Scrapwood Challenge!

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Blog entry by PhilBello posted 03-26-2016 04:01 PM 771 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 72: Financially limited! Part 73 of Life as an Amateur Woodworker series Part 74: A Cheat! »

This morning I started out with this mahogany scrap:

From which I had decided to try and make two mallets, why I hadn’t made them before I don’t know, I have tried everywhere to buy one down here, they just don’t sell them, they use their hammer, so I had imported a beech one from Amazon, which including taxes cost me $34 / £24, twice the listed price.

I started off by cutting the handles on the bandsaw, as this would determine the size of the holes in the heads.

I then marked the 3”x3” out for the heads, and marked the holes, which I first drilled out with a forstner bit, then I used my mallet and chisels to finish the job. I didn’t cut the heads until I had finished the holes, it made the piece easier to work with.

Then using my compound mitre saw, I cut the head with a 5° angle on the faces, ,gave them both a good sanding, putting a slight chamfer on each edge of the faces, slotted the handles into the holes, and gave them a coat of mineral oil.

Just under three hours and I have two mallets I am very pleased with!

-- If you want the rainbow, you got to put up with the rain - Steven Wright



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DocSavage45

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#1 posted 03-26-2016 06:05 PM

Project? LOL!

Mahagony…...hmmmmm.

Nice creation and functional too.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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PhilBello

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#2 posted 03-26-2016 06:18 PM

You’re worse than a wife Tom hahahaha :)

I’m not sure how mahogany will stand up to use as a Mallet, time will tell, but is was scrap, so no loss!. They are something I will certainly use, I don’t like using hammers with chisels!

-- If you want the rainbow, you got to put up with the rain - Steven Wright

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#3 posted 03-26-2016 06:25 PM

Yep! Got to keep you in the game Phil,
LOL!

Price was right and you made something.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#4 posted 03-27-2016 04:21 PM

Just put some leather on the ends as many do and problem solved. LOL
Nicely done and now you’ll have one on each end of the table so one will always be in reach.

-- There's a hundred ways to do anything, alot depends on the tools at hand.

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#5 posted 03-27-2016 09:04 PM

Thanks htl, great tip, I think I have some hidden away, if only I could remember where…lol

-- If you want the rainbow, you got to put up with the rain - Steven Wright

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