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Blog entry by dbhost posted 02-02-2011 07:33 PM 733 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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As I looked in the scrap bin something jumped out at me, an idea… I have all these small pieces of walnut and red oak scraps. But what can I do with them?

Another glance at the glue bottle and it soon became all to clear what I had to do with some of those pieces…

So I managed to get a blank 1.25” x 1” (sorry, couldn’t quite go totally square here… ) of oak / walnut 14” long which is now chucked up into the lathe, and the turning actually started (but just barely knocked the corners off…)

Next is the head 2.5” tall, 5” long, and 3” wide is glued up and ready to come out of the clamps…

Mind you, the scale of this thing is probably going to come out screwy, but so far it has been fun practice. I figure on rounding off the edges on the head, and simply boring a hole in it to glue the handle on. We will see how well the rest of this project goes. But at least I am having fun with it for now… That is if the electricity will stay on long enough to keep the lathe powered up…

-- My workshop blog can be found at http://daves-workshop.blogspot.com



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Jim Bertelson

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#1 posted 02-02-2011 09:25 PM

I assume this mallet is for chisel work and such…......or the occasionally mischievous shop dog….......to chew on…......(-:

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#2 posted 02-02-2011 09:50 PM

I figure it will end up as a doggie toy the way things are going…

-- My workshop blog can be found at http://daves-workshop.blogspot.com

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Jim Bertelson

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#3 posted 02-02-2011 10:05 PM

Better use than fire wood. Might it make a good gavel perhaps…........for the occasional unruly dinner table conversation…..........(-:

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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dbhost

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#4 posted 02-02-2011 10:54 PM

I am actually toying with the idea of turning the head as well and making a gavel instead… Funny you mentioned that :-)...

-- My workshop blog can be found at http://daves-workshop.blogspot.com

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#5 posted 02-03-2011 12:15 AM

the best mallet is the one with the right twist in the handle :-)

good luck
Dennis

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