|Project by kiefer||posted 06-09-2016 09:47 PM||1598 views||10 times favorited||27 comments|
A master craftsman offered to teach our guild members how to hand cut dove tails and we have had him at two different meetings ,what a pleasure to see it done life by a professional craftsman .
I had met this fellow last fall at our wood show and he was just taken by my projects and fell in love with my mallets and when I stopped by his shop one day I gave him one of my little tapper mallets http://lumberjocks.com/projects/99547
At the meeting he mentioned that the little tapper was a great little mallet but not well suited for dovetailing as it is a bit light so I made this little mallet for him and had him try it and he loved it saying that it was perfect weight and shape but and I thought oh no . He found the handle just a bit too big around and would like it smaller .
Well back to the shop and make a few more mallets with different handle sizes and I took them to the next meeting and had him try them and ha e wound up taking two of them one made from Jatoba and one made from Hickory .
I don’t think I could have given him a better thank you gift for teaching us .
Now for the name .
I ask the fellow why are they called a dovetail joint when there are pins and tails making up the joint and he gave me a big smile .
Here are a few pictures of how I constructed the mallet .
The centre layer and pattern
Centre layer pieces cut to shape
The handle with two outside layers glued on and ready for turning on the lathe
The handle turned and the centre layer fitted together just needs the wedge slots drilled and saw cut .
The rest of the pieces (outside layers of the head ) added and glued and clamped .
Marked out the head shape with a pattern and band sawed ,sanded and wedged the handle .
And this is the finished Pin&Tail mallet with leather faces on the head and handle end .
I hope you like and enjoy this post and if there are questions just ask .