Mallet Swap 2014

  • Advertise with us
Project by 489tad posted 30 days ago 982 views 4 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

For the malletswap2014 I made a mortise mallet. Maple and wenge. Sliding dovetail for a design. Oil and wax finish. I finished the mallet pretty quick and had a piece of leadwood just hanging around so I decided why not make two. Bought a piece of redheart and rigged up my drill press for turning. The handle went pretty quick. The head was just about round when my rigged chuck broke. I wanted the head to have a tapper. I finished it in the vise with a block plane, files and sandpaper. I think they turned out pretty good and I hope JMart gets some use out of them.

Thank you Terry for running the swap!

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

18 comments so far

View GMatheson's profile (online now)


418 posts in 1573 days

#1 posted 30 days ago

I like the dovetail in the head. At first glance I thought it was a lightning bolt. Great looking pair Dan.

-- Greg in Ontario, Canada

View waho6o9's profile


4757 posts in 1181 days

#2 posted 30 days ago

Awesome joinery Dan!

View ShaneA's profile (online now)


5258 posts in 1202 days

#3 posted 30 days ago

Nice lookng set. Like the details on them.

View Don W's profile

Don W

14670 posts in 1172 days

#4 posted 30 days ago

a couple of nice mallets. Well done.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. -

View Sanding2day's profile


923 posts in 451 days

#5 posted 30 days ago

Beautiful work Dan… Good to see the well vacationed mallets… Thanks for sharing!

-- Dan

View Mosquito's profile


4514 posts in 896 days

#6 posted 30 days ago

Very nice work. I love that maple wenge mallet

-- Mos - Twin Cities, MN -- Stanley #45 Evangelist -

View Eddie's profile (online now)


211 posts in 555 days

#7 posted 30 days ago

Drill press lathe! Nice! Two beautiful pieces, im sure they will get good use!

View wooded's profile


292 posts in 876 days

#8 posted 30 days ago


-- Joe in Pueblo West, Colo.

View UncleStumpy's profile


368 posts in 917 days

#9 posted 30 days ago

They are both worthy of signing your name on them!

The big one reminds me of the “Thor” movie.
I once had my drill press set up like that for turning stuff, but I always ended up with a very sore neck.
So I broke down and bought a lathe and went nuts with turning.

Well done, my friend!

-- "They don't want it perfect - they want it SPECIAL"

View DaddyZ's profile


2377 posts in 1645 days

#10 posted 30 days ago

Nice Contrasting Colors, Very cool mallets

-- Pat - Worker of Wood, Collector of Tools, Father of one

View Hammerthumb's profile


1126 posts in 579 days

#11 posted 29 days ago

Cool designs and wood choices for both. Looks like they would pack a punch!

-- Paul, Las Vegas

View Mean_Dean's profile


1270 posts in 1751 days

#12 posted 29 days ago

Great looking mallets!

-- Dean

View PAJA's profile


102 posts in 271 days

#13 posted 29 days ago

Two beautiful pieces of work you made there! How was the wenge to dovetail? I know it can be brittle at times. And that’s a cool make shift lathe!

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

View palaswood's profile


623 posts in 355 days

#14 posted 29 days ago

yeah and i just “rigged up my drill press for turning”, no big deal. HAHA Thats awesome! You made that mallet on a DRILL PRESS. Just amazing. Both of them are great. Love the stark contrast of the maple/wenge. & that leadwood. MMmm!

-- Joseph, Lake Forest, CA,

View Belg1960's profile


786 posts in 1669 days

#15 posted 29 days ago

If you wind up with an extra one of the maple and wedge version I could definitely use one. Great workmanship and whoever does get them will be very happy. Pat

-- ***Pat*** Rookie woodworker looking for an education!!!

showing 1 through 15 of 18 comments

Have your say...

You must be signed in to post the comments.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics :: gardening showcase