2014 mallet swap

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Project by emart posted 07-01-2014 06:41 AM 1039 views 2 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my entry for the mallet swap which has been sent to Sanding2day in Illinois. The head started out as a 7lb chunk of a log that I dried out in my microwave (seriously) and then turned round. The handle was dried as well but in my kitchen oven to ensure it didnt shrink too much once the mallet was assembled. The whole thing is of course my new favorite material black locust. Originally I wanted the mallet to be more massive and resembling one of those old-timey test your strength hammers but the head cracked when it was being dried so I had to make it smaller. Smaller being a relative term here since it still weighs about 2.5 lbs.

-- tools are only as good as the hands that hold them

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#1 posted 07-01-2014 12:39 PM

emart that picture of the microwave is nuts, I love it. I think it has the “old timey” look you were going after. Great job!

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#2 posted 07-01-2014 02:50 PM

Fabulous… I too love the pic of the log in the microwave! Cool to see the pics of Titan coming to life from the log. Have used the mallet a fair amount thus far and absolutely love it. Appreciate the information about the Black Locust and am certainly in agreement that this was an excellent material for the mallets construction. Thanks again!!

-- Dan

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#3 posted 07-01-2014 03:04 PM

well done.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. -

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#4 posted 07-01-2014 03:27 PM

I had this playing in my head the entire time it was in the microwave:

-- tools are only as good as the hands that hold them

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#5 posted 07-01-2014 06:27 PM

Don – Literally!

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#6 posted 07-01-2014 10:44 PM

Hope your better half didn’t catch you cooking that. That mallet looks powerful!

-- Paul, Las Vegas

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#7 posted 07-02-2014 03:26 AM

Too cool. I love the shape of the head on that monster!

-- PAJA - Zootown, Montana "It's the Indian, not the arrow"

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#8 posted 07-03-2014 01:25 AM

2.5lbs…that is a beast of a mallet. If you made it any bigger you would need two hands to swing it.

Great job

-- Greg in Ontario, Canada

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