|Project by Todd Swartwood||posted 01-26-2015 11:26 PM||1263 views||2 times favorited||8 comments|
I picked up some small round aluminum cutoffs I found at the scrap yard. My intention all along has been to make
3 different sized mallets with aluminum heads. I started on the head of this one first, I took an old file and ground
a small 1/4” cove on the end about 3/16” in from the edge. I then used it to put the bead on both ends
of the mallet head. Now remember I only have a wood lathe and tools, so you just have to work the aluminum a little slower. After the beads were complete and I had faced off the ends nice and flat just with standard and carbide wood turning tools. I finished up that part last night.
Then I turned the handle I did not want for it to be a full round handle so I used stock 1 1/4” X 7/8”.
I turned the handle till it fit my hand and looked the way I had hoped for. I then used the sizing tool to make the tenon to match the mortice drilled in the head.
When all was done I used the tailstock to press the head on the handle. The sizing tool worked perfect, and the whole thing turned out nice enough I don’t know if I will be able to use. I may have to hang it somewhere
to be able to just look at it.
As always I really appreciate feedback, so please take a moment and comment.
Thanks for looking and have a blessed evening, Todd
-- Todd Swartwood (Todd Swart-Woodworks)