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Mallet Swap 2014

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Project by 489tad posted 07-01-2014 12:31 PM 1400 views 5 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.





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GMatheson

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#1 posted 07-01-2014 12:44 PM

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

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waho6o9

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#2 posted 07-01-2014 12:56 PM

Awesome joinery Dan!

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ShaneA

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#3 posted 07-01-2014 01:17 PM

Nice lookng set. Like the details on them.

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Don W

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#4 posted 07-01-2014 03:00 PM

a couple of nice mallets. Well done.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.com

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Sanding2day

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#5 posted 07-01-2014 03:12 PM

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

-- Dan

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#6 posted 07-01-2014 03:14 PM

Very nice work. I love that maple wenge mallet

-- Mos - Twin Cities, MN -- Stanley #45 Evangelist - www.youtube.com/MosquitoMods

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#7 posted 07-01-2014 03:45 PM

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

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wooded

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

I THINK YOU MAY HAVE HIT THIS ONE ON THE HEAD…...........;-J

-- Joe in Pueblo West, Colo. jdelong264@msn.com

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UncleStumpy

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#9 posted 07-01-2014 05:39 PM

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"

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DaddyZ

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#10 posted 07-01-2014 05:42 PM

Nice Contrasting Colors, Very cool mallets

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

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#11 posted 07-01-2014 10:40 PM

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

-- Paul, Las Vegas

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#12 posted 07-02-2014 12:26 AM

Great looking mallets!

-- Dean

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PAJA

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#13 posted 07-02-2014 03:23 AM

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"

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palaswood

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#14 posted 07-02-2014 04:29 AM

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, http://instagram.com/palas_woodcraft#

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#15 posted 07-02-2014 12:28 PM

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!!!

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