|Project by robscastle||posted 09-26-2014 11:51 PM||1451 views||1 time favorited||11 comments|
I raided my recycled jarrah pile and decided to make some more mallets, eight in fact.
This is the story.
The timber was inspected and prepared in the usual way jointing and squaring then cutting to size.
I used a roundover bit with a handle template to reproduce the handles.
The heads were prepared with a forstner bit and the wedges from offcut scraps.
I then numbered the handles and sanded them to fit the corresponding number heads.
They were a very good fit and really didnt need a wedge, however I fitted them with wedges to maintain the authenticity.
The handles and wedges are glued in with Titebond III.
Sanding at 180 grit commenced to remove machine marks nicks etc.
Once this was OK I then used 320 grit
Gave them a good blow down with air and applied a wet cloth all over to raise the grain
Another 320 Grit finish, then on to the flap disk its 120 grit but it produced a sililar finish to about 400?
Then a good rub up with steel wool.
I used white compound and a calico woven cloth, the polishing disclosed a few clinkers, so these were rectified and some spot repolishing occured.
Next was a wipe down with a soft cloth to remove any residue accessable, inspection and photo session on top of the stock pile.
Application: So what on earth am I going to do with eight ornamental Mallets?
Well my wife has blessed one already, So I must remember not to challenge her about credit card spendings!!
I will attempt to give my four sons one each under the guise of a kids toy or such!!
Otherwise their off “Straight to the pool room”
You would think they would all be the same but each has its unique characterstic feature.
A question, Do you think a finishing product should be applied, ie shellac wax etc?
The polishing and Sanding setup:
-- Regards Robert