Mallet Swap 2014

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Project by 7Footer posted 31 days ago 502 views 3 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My turned mallet for the swap – made of oak, purpleheart and cherry. I carve out an oval shape of the middle piece of cherry and filled it with lead bb’s (slinky maker for fishing), you can hear the bb’s when you swing the mallet.

I actually did a test mallet because I wasn’t sure how well this would work after putting BB’s inside before laminating and then putting it on the lathe, on the test mallet there wasn’t very much space on the inside, and I didn’t mark the end that the bb’s were in before gluing it, so I basically had to guess which end, and I got lucky and guessed right…

It’s about 11” x 3 2/4”—- and weighed in at 42 ounces.

The finish is many coats of the Shampeon special, a mix of BLO, shellac and MS. Also a few coats of paste wax on there.

Pic 1 – Finished product
Pic 2 – lead bb’s about to be glued in
Pic 3 – Laminating that ish with some PL glue
Pic 4 – The head, a magnet, John2005’s initials and a bike because he’s an avid cyclist
Pic 5 – An Oregon quarter inlaid into the end of the handle
Pic 6 – A stand for it with another magnet to hold it in place

This was my practice mallet, I like the 2nd one much better!

-- If a kid asks where rain comes from, I think a cute thing to tell him is "God is crying." And if he asks why God is crying, another cute thing to tell him is "Probably because of something you did." -

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#1 posted 31 days ago

Good work 7. I like the second one also, though the first one looks really nice too. I thought of a carving mallet like that with 1” brass rod in the end. I still might make one for myself. You have a real lucky recipient!

-- Paul, Las Vegas

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#2 posted 31 days ago

Awesome details and creativity.

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Don W

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#3 posted 31 days ago

That’s amazing.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. -

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#4 posted 31 days ago

Mallet swap? Hey, how do I participate?

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#5 posted 31 days ago

7 you made a nice mallet. Pretty clever how you weighted it. All the goodies you sent along too. Nice.

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

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#6 posted 31 days ago

Nice work 7! Great woods and finely crafted, cool stand… Thanks for sharing

-- Dan

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Don Broussard

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#7 posted 31 days ago

7—Nice touches added with the bicycle, Oregon quarter and the base and magnet. Is it just a coincidence that the carving mallet is shaped so close to the look of the beer bottle?

-- People say I hammer like lightning. It's not that I'm fast -- it's that I never hit the same place twice!

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Monte Pittman

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#8 posted 31 days ago

Very cool. I think this is one of the great things on this site.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability

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#9 posted 31 days ago

Thank you guys!
Don – total coincidence! Lol, good point though, I didn’t even realize until you said it… hahaha

-- If a kid asks where rain comes from, I think a cute thing to tell him is "God is crying." And if he asks why God is crying, another cute thing to tell him is "Probably because of something you did." -

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#10 posted 31 days ago

DAMN! Awesome sauce. Love the old docking station base and the fact that some other crazy LJ would send beer in the mail. Crazy cool logos as always. Very impressive

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

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#11 posted 31 days ago

Having been the proud recipient, I can attest that this is one fine mallet. I even went out and pounded my chisels into some wood just to try her out. Feels right, works awesome and at 42 oz it doesn’t take much to get results!
Awesome job 7

-- In theory there is no difference between theory and practice. In practice there is.

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#12 posted 29 days ago


-- Red -- "There's nothin' in the world so sad as talking to a man, who never knew his life was his for making." Ray LaMontagne

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