|Project by PoleVault||posted 02-11-2017 03:52 AM||751 views||3 times favorited||8 comments|
I made this mallet for WoodWorkJosh as part of the Winter 2017 Tool Swap. The woods used were maple and purple heart and the handle is walnut.
The maple is from an air dried slab my father had in his garage that was at least 20 years and I was pleasantly surprised with the figure in the grain. The purple heart was from a piece my 4 year old daughter picked out when she came with me to the lumber yard and she just had to have the purple wood. I also made her a small box for her “treasures ” that she finds from the other section. Eventually, I’ll have to post that project. The walnut is also from my fathers shop and has been in there for at least 10 years. He, not being a woodworker, never had anything to use it for, so I commandeered it.
The mallet is sanded to 220 and finished with 3 coats of BLO and 3 coats of dewaxed shellac. The first coat of BLO was thinned with mineral spirits. I recently moved to Utah and had no idea that you can’t buy real mineral spirits in this state. I actually had to run up to Idaho to get some after I tried to use the “green” stuff they sell here and it came out all milky and raised the grain. That was a learning experience. The shellac was a new experience for me as well, as I attempted to spray… I had some difficulty spraying, including having to sand it all back after getting some lint stuck in the finish… long story. And while I was not 100% pleased with how it finally turned out, I learned a lot and it is a tool, after all.
I would have liked to add some more decorative elements to the mallet, but we moved from Washington to Utah in the middle of the swap, so I was pretty much left without a shop for most of January. I did, however, make a matching mallet for myself with a maple handle, and will post that project when i get a chance to finish it up and take some photos. I look forward to doing another swap in the future, it was pretty awesome!