Dear “Saint” Roy,
I hate you.
Mallet Muttering in Pennsylvania
Actually, I don’t hate Roy. And I’m not that disappointed as to this first attempt.
If you haven’t gotten the April 2012 issue of Popular Woodworkinghttp://www.popularwoodworking.com/apr12, you need to get it… now. They’ve got a great article by Roy Underhill on making the Mystery Mallet that you’ve been seeing around.
This actually is turning out to be a lot of fun. Before you point out the obvious, I know I shouldn’t have used poplar. But I just got this nice, thick piece of poplar and thought it would be a good place to start.
Although the joint isn’t totally tight, the concept is right on the money. I am very encouraged about this.
Here’s what I’ve learned:
1. Take extra time to lay this out with a sharp pencil or marking knife.
2. It helps to have multiple marking gauges, dividers, sliding t-bevels, etc. that you can designate for one set up at a time.
3. Mark the head of your mallet and the handle with sides (A, B, C, D) and TOP, BOTTOM.
4. If you get stuck, bring the wood in the house, get a drink of water, go to bed (it will probably be around 1 a.m.) and sleep on it. :-)
5. Use something other than poplar. (I have a thick piece of oak that I’ve set aside for something fun, like this.)
It will take a little time to get your head around these angles, slopes, joints, etc. These practice cuts have helped me get a better understanding of how this should work. Maybe tomorrow I’ll cut into the oak.
-- Glen, Pennsylvania, Colossians 3:23 "Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men."