Mallet Swap 2014

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Project by 7Footer posted 07-01-2014 10:09 PM 1741 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!


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#1 posted 07-01-2014 10:32 PM

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, Duvall, WA

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

Awesome details and creativity.

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Don W

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

That’s amazing.

-- - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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#4 posted 07-01-2014 10:58 PM

Mallet swap? Hey, how do I participate?

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#5 posted 07-01-2014 11:12 PM

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 07-01-2014 11:15 PM

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

-- Dan

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#7 posted 07-01-2014 11:30 PM

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 07-02-2014 12:48 AM

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

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#9 posted 07-02-2014 01:42 AM

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


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#10 posted 07-02-2014 03:06 AM

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

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#11 posted 07-02-2014 04:20 AM

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 07-03-2014 01:42 PM


-- "At the end of the day, try and make it beautiful....because the world is full of ugly." Konrad Sauer

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