|Project by Mikhail||posted 01-12-2015 04:36 AM||1550 views||1 time favorited||2 comments|
Put together this mallet based on some Oak I had set aside for a different project. Unfortunately it checked severely, so it became available to shop needs.
The material was only 2” so I knew I was going to have to laminate to get something with some weight. Laminating also let me create the 2 degree mortice for the handle.
I purposely used a piece with a big knot, leaving nicer material for other things. A small bit of pounding on a steel heeled chisel confirms the heft is good, and the angle does allow me an easier swing. Interesting.
I have not treated the wood yet. Not sure what I would want. The birch handle will darken for the oils from my hands but perhaps the oak head should get something to prevent it drying out too quick.
Its sitting at around 6% right now.
Any thoughts, folks?