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My new mallet

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Project by Todd Swartwood posted 01-26-2015 11:26 PM 1244 views 2 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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)





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#1 posted 01-27-2015 12:43 AM

Ok Todd…. what did you engrave on it? (pic #3 )

Cool hammer!

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#2 posted 01-27-2015 01:16 AM

Nothing engraved on the mallet face, what you see are small chatter marks.
I did not worry about sanding them out figuring that their would be worse marks as soon as I use it
the first time.

Thanks Joe, have a blessed evening, Todd

-- Todd Swartwood (Todd Swart-Woodworks)

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#3 posted 01-27-2015 02:09 PM

ah-Ha! It looks like lettering. I figured you had built yourself a laser engraver. LOL

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#4 posted 01-27-2015 02:17 PM

Nice!

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#5 posted 01-27-2015 04:44 PM

That’s a very nice addition to your shop.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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#6 posted 01-27-2015 07:01 PM

Thanks everyone for taking the time to respond.
Joe CNC router is on the list, but the next big item is a 38” Dual drum sander with 8” steel drums.

Charles, I have been wanting a soft face mallet for adjusting plane knives, but I think this one is going to be to big and heavy. I will give it a try but I have a couple more pieces of aluminum round stock to make a smaller one with.

Thanks again guys and have a blessed day, Todd

-- Todd Swartwood (Todd Swart-Woodworks)

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#7 posted 02-08-2015 10:52 PM

Looks good, yes nice to play with combinations of materials.
Best thoughts,
Mads

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#8 posted 02-09-2015 11:12 PM

Thanks Mads,
Did you see the small one I made http://lumberjocks.com/projects/124561, it is a straight handle onto mallet designed like a wood carvers mallet.
Thanks for taking the time to comment and have a blessed evening, Todd

-- Todd Swartwood (Todd Swart-Woodworks)

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