Carver's mallet

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Project by Carey Mitchell posted 02-21-2015 12:37 AM 1254 views 2 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I made this today in anticipation of carving the details on another American Empire stool (see project at bottom of page), this one will be upholstered.

The mallet head is a piece from a dogwood that died last year. Handle is walnut/cherry.

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#1 posted 02-21-2015 05:57 AM

You are going to upholster you mallet? Why it looks good the way it is! For a softer blow maybe just wrap it in leather?

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#2 posted 02-21-2015 02:19 PM

Nice. Ive got to make me one of these.

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#3 posted 02-21-2015 02:36 PM

This will be a nice addition to your shop. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#4 posted 02-22-2015 05:39 PM

I’ve been looking at carvers’ mallets with an eye to turning a few. I like the proportions of yours. Does the tenon on the handle go all the way through the head?

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#5 posted 02-23-2015 05:38 PM

Great looking mallet. How hard is the Dogwood?

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#6 posted 02-24-2015 01:47 AM

Dogwood as possibly a little harder than maple. They grow slowly and the growth rings are usually very close together. Unfortunately, the dogwoods in the southern Appalachians are dying out due to a fungus, when we bought this house 15 years ago there were about 40, today there are about a dozen.

There is another wood that grows in the mountains around here (Dalton GA) and up the Appalachian chain that is even harder – rhododendron. When the weather gets a bit better I will be looking for some dead ones in the Chattahoochee National Forest. I recall back in the ‘70’s when a chunk of the forest was placed into the Cohutta Wilderness area, the Environmental Impact Study reported locating some rhododendrons that were over 800 years old – did not mention the location.

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#7 posted 02-27-2015 12:36 AM

OK, Hillbilly, I looked it up rather than guessing. Dogwood is about 2100 on the JANKA scale, while maple ranges from 1100-1400. So, its considerably harder than maple.

Could not find a number for rhododendron, despite digging through the USFS data for 30 minutes.

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