Mango Mallets from a Bungee Lathe

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Project by swirt posted 04-04-2016 03:57 AM 554 views 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I spent a bit of time with limb from an old Mango tree to turn it into a pair of father & son carving mallets. Nothing too exciting and pretty simple work. My son managed to do a bit of powering the lathe and try his hand out at using a rouging gouge. However I did manage to record it and make my first super speed project builds that seem so popular now. 8 minutes of video to represent almost 8 hours of work pumping away on my bungee lathe.

This particular sample of Mango had some issues with some punky wood that left me with a wobbling center that I had to cut off repeatedly. It also had a few holes from boring bugs. I filled those with 5 minute epoxy. The final finish was BLO followed by a few coats of Shellac & Mineral Oil.

originally posted here first: Carver's Mallets

-- Galootish log blog,

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#1 posted 04-04-2016 11:21 AM

That is beautiful wood, and nicely turned mallets. I’ll stick with the old flip the switch and lathe goes varoom…

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#2 posted 04-04-2016 12:20 PM

loved it and the video!!!!

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are."

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#3 posted 04-04-2016 12:44 PM

Thanks Dave.

Thanks Roger, and I hear you about the varoom switch. When I was about 1 hour in and still didn’t have the thing into round, I thought about running it down to my neighbor who has one of those new fangled eeeelectric lathes and use that ;) Norm was on one shoulder whispering “Just use electric for this out of round wood, it’ll be ok.” Roy was on the other shoulder saying, “Stay the course.” I stayed the course, sweat buckets and and had some fun. ;)

-- Galootish log blog,

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#4 posted 04-04-2016 03:33 PM

Tedious work and a good workout making it with the bungee lathe but I enjoyed the video funny at times vide but you made a couple nice mallets from that piece of Mango .


-- Kiefer

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#5 posted 04-06-2016 02:11 AM

Wow that is beautiful wood and handsome mallet. At least you’ll be buff for the ladies, working like that.


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#6 posted 04-21-2016 08:12 AM

Wonderful mallets and beautiful wood.
Lovely to see how your son shop along there.
Happy it seems life smiles at you now.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#7 posted 04-21-2016 01:15 PM

Thanks Kiefer, Rick and Mads. I appreciate it.

I had a question come in by message that I should answer here as well.
The question was about mango allergy while working with Mango. A few years back while picking up mangos from this same tree, I got some of the sap on my arm and it caused a reaction and blisters that took weeks to clear up. I had not felt anything like it before. I was apprehensive about working with the wood since I thought it might trigger a similar reaction. I had no reaction or issues with the dried wood. Maybe I was just lucky, or maybe the dried sap in the wood is no longer an allergen. Who knows?

-- Galootish log blog,

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