|Project by Shawn Herrington||posted 09-03-2014 04:46 PM||1116 views||0 times favorited||2 comments|
I made this mallet because it was a quick and relatively simple project. Plus, I figured I would find a use for a large persuader while trying to hammer together my ill-fitting furniture projects.
The head of the mallet is a solid piece of hard maple. The handle is joined to the head with a wedged tenon which was cut flush to the top. Leather scraps purchased from the craft-store, attached with contact cement, line both faces. The handle was cut on the table saw to a rectangular cross-section which was then chucked in the lathe and the corners were turned round to make for a comfortable grip.
Forgive the sloppy letter carving. This was my first attempt at letter carving on an actual project. The hard maple has relatively gnarly grain and my chisels were all dull from chopping the mortise for the handle. Plus, chopping the mortise exhausted all my patience.
The mallet was wiped with several coats of boiled linseed oil. Next time I’ll be more careful about letting the finish soak into the carving and getting too dark.