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Mystery Mallet #1: Something bothers me

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Blog entry by lysdexic posted 11-19-2013 02:42 AM 3951 reads 1 time favorited 35 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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About this mallet.

While straightening the shop last night a moved this mystery mallet for the thousandth time. It has been sitting around since making at the Woodwrights School with Brandon about a year ago.

I never finished it because something wasn’t right. I’d study it occasional and, uninspired, move it to yet another spot in the shop. Finally, I picked up a pencil. The head is too square and the handle too bulky. So, I clamped it in the vise and grabbed my spokeshave and rasp.

No plan. Just eyeing it.

Removed and taper the handle on the right side. Then flipped and started on the second side. I really get lost in sculpting wood. I dig the curves and facets.

I thought the joinery during construction came out fairly well but I can’t take this over cut.

A little better…

I still need to do something about the shape of the head. I will probably taper the striking face but I will have to figure out how to cut the head with the handle on.

-- I love Jeeps



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ShaneA

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#1 posted 11-19-2013 02:47 AM

couldn’t you just cut it on the bandsaw? Or clamp it down and hit it with a hand saw? Little planing, maybe some sanding…and whammo! You have an angled mallet face.

Cool looking already.

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bhog

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#2 posted 11-19-2013 02:52 AM

How do you like the blue sky card? They keep bugging me by mail and I just don’t need another card right now so I keep throwing em in the trash.

I agree with Shane^.

-- I don't drive a Prius.

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lysdexic

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#3 posted 11-19-2013 02:58 AM

Too funny Hog. Actually, that had just come in the mail today. I grabbed it because needed a scrap piece of paper to mix the glue and saw dust. It’s in the trash already.

-- I love Jeeps

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CL810

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#4 posted 11-19-2013 03:07 AM

You’re an artist. I believe the “ideal” angle of the face is 5 degrees. And yours looks spot on.

-- "The only limits to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today." - FDR

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ksSlim

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#5 posted 11-19-2013 03:51 AM

Nice work!

-- Sawdust and shavings are therapeutic

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Smitty_Cabinetshop

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#6 posted 11-19-2013 04:36 AM

I saw once the face of a mallet should be at the angle reached when a line is drawn from the top corner to the end of the handle. And I think we’ve discussed that very topic before.

Mine was cut at the RAS with the handle in place, but I wouldn’t recommend anyone do that.

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive --

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lysdexic

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#7 posted 11-19-2013 04:46 AM

Thanks for the comments. I’ll probable cut with a band saw and then plane the face flat.

-- I love Jeeps

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Brit

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#8 posted 11-19-2013 09:02 AM

”I will have to figure out how to cut the head with the handle on.”

Huh! Clamp it to your bench, create a knife wall, and cut it with a backsaw. Clean it up afterwards with one of those plane thingies. Just do it!

-- Andy -- Old Chinese proverb say: "If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it."

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lysdexic

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#9 posted 11-19-2013 12:51 PM

Thanks.

I figured out a way to to shape the faces with a birch ply jig using a coping sled at the router table. My current coping sled is a little lacking, so I will upgrade to this one. I’ll cut the faces once it comes in.

!

-- I love Jeeps

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LukieB

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#10 posted 11-19-2013 01:40 PM

Looking good Scotty, nice work

-- Lucas, "Someday woodworks will be my real job, until then, there's this http://www.melbrownfarmsupply.com"

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theoldfart

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#11 posted 11-19-2013 02:34 PM

That head cut would be easy on a mitre box. You’d need some spacers where the handle protrudes from the head but no physical risk from a machine cut !

-- "With every tool obtained, there is another that is needed" DonW ( Kevin )

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theoldfart

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#12 posted 11-19-2013 02:35 PM

And Roy would approve

-- "With every tool obtained, there is another that is needed" DonW ( Kevin )

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lysdexic

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#13 posted 11-19-2013 02:38 PM

Kevin – I am just being a smart arse. Nothing new. :^)

-- I love Jeeps

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terryR

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#14 posted 11-19-2013 02:50 PM

Much, much better on the handle shape! Love the non-lathe shape! I, also enjoy shaping wood with a rasp, shave, or scraper. Time consuming, yes, but instant gratification for me without the danger of a spining blade.

But…that is a sweet looking router sled! :)

-- tr ...see one, do one, teach one...

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theoldfart

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#15 posted 11-19-2013 02:57 PM

Scotty, you scared me for a moment there! Whew :0)

-- "With every tool obtained, there is another that is needed" DonW ( Kevin )

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