|Project by Vaul||posted 02-19-2016 05:20 AM||912 views||0 times favorited||9 comments|
I don’t have a lot of woodworking experience, but I wanted/needed a wooden mallet for use with chisels. It made more sense to make one than to buy one, but I didn’t have any wood that seemed large enough. Since our firewood is oak, which is a decent hardness, I decided to cut a piece to size to see if it would be good enough. I felt like it came out fairly well considering I’ve never done this before, and the grain of the wood looks pretty cool.
One side of the piece of firewood was close to flat, so I knocked down the high points with a chisel and hand plane. Then ran it through the table saw a little bit at a time to trim off the opposite side. Then I turned it so the trimmed/flat side was on the bottom and squared up the rest. I had to be very careful not to let it rock, which would bind up the blade and cause kickback, dismemberment, or death. If I do much like this any more I’ll need to make a jig to hold the logs in place in a safer way. Izzy Swan has some good videos on youtube for that.
After the final shaping and sanding was done I just gave it a few coats of boiled linseed oil.
-- Jon (aka. Vaul)