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Mallets cocobolo and boxwood

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Project by GaryK posted 2608 days ago 3364 views 2 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here are a pair of mallets I made a number of years ago that have gotten a lot of use.
The heads are cocobolo and the handles are boxwood.

The handle on the hammer style was turned to allow a comfortable grip at either the bottom or top.
On the other handle I got lucky that the “stain” ran right through the center making some visual interest.

The handles are held in with blind wedges and no glue, and there is no finish, but they do buff up to a nice satin sheen.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX





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Karson

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#1 posted 2608 days ago

great mallets. I’ve given up on Cocobolo, I might try one out of Osage Orange. The sawmill owner gave me a 4X4 out of Osage Orange.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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Bob Babcock

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#2 posted 2608 days ago

Very nice.. one of the 1st things I want to do when I get my old lathe fixed is to try turning a mallet. How hard is Osage Karson?

-- Bob, Carver Massachusetts, Sawdust Maker http://www.capecodbaychallenge.org

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GaryK

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#3 posted 2608 days ago

Karson – Have you had problems with Cocobolo?

I have never seen Osage Orange before. What are it’s properties?

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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PanamaJack

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#4 posted 2608 days ago

Finally got my shop mostly back in shape so’s I can get started with some projects. I picked up a “model mallet” at a garage sale to copy as my first turning on my refurbished lathe. I hope it turns out half as good as these.

Nice job on both of these mallets Gary.

-- Carpe Lignum; Tornare Lignum (Seize the wood, to Turn the wood)

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WayneC

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#5 posted 2608 days ago

These are wonderful Mallets. I will have to try one of these. I purchased an Osage Orange block from Rockler a few weeks back. I’m planning to make a hand plane with it. It is a very dense and hard wood.

From wikipedia…

The heavy, closely grained yellow-orange wood is very dense and is prized for tool handles, tree nails, fence posts, electrical insulators, and other applications requiring a strong dimensionally-stable wood that withstands rot. Straight-grained osage timber (most is knotty and twisted) makes very good bows. In Arkansas, in the early 19th century, a good osage bow was worth a horse and a blanket.[3] Additionally, a yellow-orange dye can be extracted from the wood, which can be used as a substitute for fustic and aniline dyes. When dried, the wood also makes excellent fire wood that burns long and hot. [6]

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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David

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#6 posted 2608 days ago

Gary -

Beautiful mallets. I like the detail of having the extra close grip on the hammer style. Excellent work!

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Don

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#7 posted 2608 days ago

Gary, you’ve inspired me. I could use a couple of mallets – hope mine turn out as nice as these.

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!" http://dpb-photography.me/

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WayneC

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#8 posted 2608 days ago

Just out of curosity, how available is boxwood? I do not belive I have seen any at WoodCraft, Rockler or the local hardwood suppliers.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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GaryK

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#9 posted 2608 days ago

WayneC – Actually there is only one true boxwood, (buxus sempervirens) which you rarely see any more. It comes from Europe. There are other kinds of woods that have the same properties as buxus and some that make it even better. This boxwood is South American (gossypiopermum praecox) which is actually better that the other in that you can get it in dimensional lumber and not by the pound in log form. It is also not nearly as brittle as Buxus. Is has a VERY fine straight grain and is used a lot by ship modelers for that reason.

I got lucky that I found one board a number of years ago. So don’t bother trying to find any at Rockler or Woodcraft. If you do find some please let me know!

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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WayneC

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#10 posted 2608 days ago

Thanks Gary. I will look around.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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