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Is this a Mallet? Good Question.

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Project by PanamaJack posted 09-26-2007 11:04 PM 2725 views 1 time favorited 29 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well here goes. Another project. (Who says you can’t teach an old dog new tricks?)

Early this spring I purchased a Jet 1236 Lathe from a friend. He hadn’t used it in over 25 years. A bit of cleaning was definitely in order. Besides putting it back together, as it was stored in the upstairs of an old barn. Anyway it took a while for someone who has never operated a lathe in his life to clean and sort parts. Then put it all together. Luckily Jet has the book downloadable on-line. That helped immensely. I found that I can still order most worn parts as well.

I have purchased about 6-7 lathe videos this summer and have done nothing but watch them here on my computer. I bet I have watched Norm’s Lathe 101 about 10 times on P.B.S. also! Also….I have taken no lessons as of this post. So please excuse any blemishes you might see in these accompanying photos. (Hope they are sufficiently blurry to mask imperfections!) Hopefully Santa will bring a gift certificate for a lesson or two this Christmas(?).

I had a couple of days off last week for vacation and decided to go “hunting” in the Indianapolis Rockler Store. I was bound and determined to think of something to do on this now refurbished lathe. I planned something simple. I have a couple of Mallets that I purchased at a flea market. Although in my price range, of cheap, they seem to want to fall a part. I guess I could put a little glue on them but I really got them for “patterns”.

A Start

A little chunk of Cherry for the head and a small square of Tulip Wood for the handle.

Riding a top the old lathe.

Here we go. I know not what to expect. But after about an hour and a half, adding a little glue to the handle, here what I got.

Mallet

I’ll try to show a bit of detail:

Head

Time to let the glue dry then posibly a finish of some type…Any suggestions? Thanks for looking y’all!

Finished!

MsDebbieP I know it’s not close to art, can I call it functional?

What to make next…........

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





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Buckskin

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#1 posted 09-26-2007 11:12 PM

You know they say that if it looks like a duck it must be a duck. So it must be that you have good mallet to add to your arsenal of tools. That was a lot more adventurous than my first turning which have been mushrooms. Great tool.

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David

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#2 posted 09-26-2007 11:23 PM

What a very cool story and blog entry! I love the lathe . . . looks like you have done that before.

Congratulations on the lathe!

-- http://foldingrule.blogspot.com

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PanamaJack

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#3 posted 09-26-2007 11:27 PM

No David, this is the first attempt at anything on a lathe. Thanks for the comments.

I watched my Grandpa for hours on end. (He passed about 35 years ago now.) He always told me that you (meaning I) can learn a lot by just sitting and watching. Which I did, but, never did I understand what he meant until now.

Thanks Buckskin!

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

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woodgizmo

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#4 posted 09-26-2007 11:32 PM

Great job with a newly found talent. Keep up the good work.

-- Hard work spotlights the character of people; some turn up their sleeves, some turn up their noses, and some don't turn up at all!

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PanamaJack

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#5 posted 09-26-2007 11:34 PM

Thanks Woodgizmo!.

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

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pat sherman

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#6 posted 09-26-2007 11:38 PM

well i think it looks pretty darn good.

-- pat,ohio...http://s5.photobucket.com/albums/y198/patshwigar/

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MsDebbieP

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#7 posted 09-26-2007 11:46 PM

art: a form of expression (hmmm is your message that you love woodworking??)
functional: usable (looks like a good mallet to me!!)

art + functional = functional wood art !!!

Bravo. I’m impressed.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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Dan'um Style

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#8 posted 09-27-2007 12:24 AM

came out really good .. my suggestion is to use mineral oil for the finish and keep it in the kitchen. I gave my wife a mallet years ago and she uses propably more the she should. Frozen foods, anything else she feels like hitting.

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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relic

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#9 posted 09-27-2007 12:41 AM

Your first attempt and you turn out a great looking mallet, awesome.

-- Andy Stark

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mot

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#10 posted 09-27-2007 02:32 AM

It’s awesome! I’ve never turned a mallet and have hundreds of hours at the lathe. Nice job!

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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WayneC

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#11 posted 09-27-2007 03:57 AM

Well done.

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

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#12 posted 09-27-2007 04:31 AM

Congratulations on:

1) being able to get the lathe back togeher and operational
2) having the patience to watch the how-to videos (I usually don’t)
3) a fine mallet!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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Thos. Angle

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#13 posted 09-27-2007 04:48 AM

Panama,
I think it’s just dandy. That is one great knockometer. It will probably intrique your great grand children. Now that you know you can, don’t wait around, get to turning. Have fun.
Tom

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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Hawgnutz

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#14 posted 09-27-2007 06:20 AM

Great looking mallet! I really like the cherry handle. Beauty and function!

Looks like you are off to some super adventures with turning. I look forward to seeing them!

God Bless,
Hawg

-- Saving barnwood from the scrapyards

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#15 posted 09-27-2007 02:09 PM

Hi Panama;

Great mallet, but I wouldn’t follow Dan’s advice and give one to your wife. That’s just plain wrong.LOL

Good job.

Lee

-- by Lee A. Jesberger http://www.prowoodworkingtips.com http://www.ezee-feed.com

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