Carvers Mallet

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Project by Draeger posted 01-15-2015 02:54 PM 1132 views 2 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My wife got me a Rikon mini lathe for christmas! I’m having a lot of fun learning how to use it. I’ve been wanting a good mallet so I decided that would be my first lathe project. It’s made from laminated ash. It didn’t turn out perfect, but I’m pretty happy with it. It’s 3.5” in diameter at the top of the mallet head, 9.5” overall length, and weighs 20oz. Finished with BLO. It’s very solid and heavy, but I’m already thinking about making something a little smaller for fine chisel work. Whether I use it much or not, it was a great learning experience. I’ve been trolling youtube a lot for tips. The skew is definitely something that takes a skilled hand. You can’t see them in the pictures, but there are a couple of small remnants from catches I had using that tool. Like I said, learning experience.

Thanks for looking!

-- 'Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.' - Abraham Lincoln

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#1 posted 01-16-2015 05:48 AM

Nice first project.The grain looks great.I have been using my skew to rough down stock for practice-skew catches get your attention pretty fast.Congrats on the new lathe.

-- Jeff,Tucson,Az.

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#2 posted 01-19-2017 09:20 PM

Very nice!

-- Live, lathe, and prosper. - William Gwin

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#3 posted 01-20-2017 06:11 PM

This is a very nice shop built tool. Well done.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#4 posted 02-19-2017 01:18 AM

Your mallet looks like a solid tool, well done.

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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