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Blog entry by Craftsman on the lake posted 03-29-2009 12:30 AM 710 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I Always wanted a carvers mallet. So, I went over to my sister’s, picked out a small, dry, straight piece of Oak cord wood from her woodpile and carved one. I don’t have a lathe so I think it’s coming out fairly symmetrical considering. I rough cut it on a bandsaw, Then used a plane, drawknife, and sandpaper to get it to this point. I cut a piece of mahogany on the drill press with a circle cutter and glued it to the top. I used this round piece as a guide to carve the rest of the head, hoping to get it as round as possible. Now to fine sand it, get a few blade marks out of it and then I guess tongue oil maybe. Any suggestions?

I’d never used a mallet on chisels before. In trying this one I noticed the ‘blow’ control you have with a mallet compared to a hammer. You can control the amount and depth of cut that isn’t nearly as possible with a metal hammer. I think I’m going to like this.

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.



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#1 posted 03-29-2009 12:34 AM

nice but get a lathe there great fun well done anyway.Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#2 posted 03-29-2009 12:43 AM

Thanks, I’d get a lathe but I can think of only so many mallets I’d need. I don’t really know what I’d be interested in making to warrant one. I’m not interested in the pens I see here on LJ’s although they are works of art in themselves. Maybe a spindle once and awhile for something I was making. I can think of a lot of other tools I’d drop my $$ on first.

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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#3 posted 03-29-2009 01:38 AM

I suppose a mallet would come in handy. Let us know when you find a use for it.
Great cabinet, by the way.

-- Sandra

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#4 posted 03-29-2009 02:15 AM

Hey, splinter… BTW everyone.. she’s my niece! And now a Lumberjock!

Hey guys she’s single.

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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