2014 Mallet Swap

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Project by Gshepherd posted 07-12-2014 02:52 AM 1716 views 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well finally got to take some time and get these pictures posted for the 2014 Mallet Swap.

Mine was sent to Hammerthumb….. It should serve him well for some years to come.

This Mallet was a joint effort by my Precious daughter Victoria and myself. I picked out the head and she found the handle and we both worked on it getting it shaped and sanded. She is getting darn good on the lathe I have to say.

The handle has a 3 1/2 in tenon, so she was able to learn a few more tricks. Getting the end cap was a little time consuming but we had a blast, she would turn it and I would measure and she got it pretty drarn close only had a few wide eyed moments when the sandpaper would slip out of her hand. Eyes a little bigger when she used the Belt sander to clean up the end of the head but she is a true trooper, her eyes get big and my heart skips a beat. She just grin and keep going.

It took us about 3 hrs from start to finish which went by pretty darn fast really. We burned in a few coats of danish oil and followed up with a little wax. Nothing too fancy Coco head and a little bling on the handle which we both thought would be a nice touch.

A pleasure to make and some good quaility time with my little Jewel which is just priceless…..

-- What we do in life will Echo through Eternity........

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#1 posted 07-12-2014 02:53 AM

Nice looking mallet.

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#2 posted 07-12-2014 03:17 AM

Nice job G! It’s great your daughter helped. She did a fantastic job. Well done to the both of you.

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

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#3 posted 07-12-2014 03:58 AM

Very nice work G! Shop time well spent with your daughter too. What’s not to love?!

-- Mos - Twin Cities, MN - -

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

Nice mallet, I would like to see a closer picture of the brass end if you have one.

I did a turning with my niece recently and while she did great, I was the one fretting!! I knew the danger from my own questionable choices over the years, but she was just concentrating on the design and it came out great. When you described her wide eyes, I can tell you I felt the same way, I literally had to stop myself from jumping in too many times as I didn’t want her to get hurt.

If you could show all the little, and not so little cuts and scrapes and smashed thumbs my hands have endured over the years, it would look like a slasher movie.

Great project and thank you for sharing, with us and your daughter!!

-- Im so impressed with what people can do, and I wonder how they do it. Thats what keeps me doing it.

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#5 posted 07-12-2014 02:12 PM

Another beautiful mallet. I see where your inspiration comes from. Your mallet from last mallet swap is holding up well.

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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#6 posted 07-12-2014 03:09 PM

Bill, Hopefully HammerThumb can make a pic of the end, my camera sucked.

-- What we do in life will Echo through Eternity........

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#7 posted 07-12-2014 04:46 PM

Nice work Shep/Victoria. Very cool that it was a combined effort, gotta love that.

-- ~Tony

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#8 posted 07-12-2014 11:04 PM

Great work you two… Thanks for sharing :)

-- Dan

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#9 posted 07-13-2014 01:06 AM

Love that you did this with your daughter. Hammerthumb is a lucky guy (despite his name!)

-- I do this for fun.

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#10 posted 07-13-2014 05:56 PM

Love the joint effort. Get em hooked while they are young, carry the craft.

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

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