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Project by builtinbkyn posted 07-24-2018 08:16 PM 1215 views 4 times favorited 25 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well yeah it’s another mallet. I will be building new doors for the front of the house and have been looking at various woods to to use for them. I’d like something a little different. A few months ago I picked up a large turning blank of padauk at Rockler. Never worked with it before. Heck I never heard of it before. So I thought it might be a good idea to see what type of qualities it possessed for tooling, prior to committing to using it for a large project. Since we have been in mallet mode for the swap, I figured what the heck. I’ve only turned a few pens, handles for openers and pizza cutters and a single bottle stopper. This is actually the largest item I’ve turned so far.

The mallet is padauk, purple heart and curly maple. It’s finished with Liberon. I have to say, other than leaving the lathe looking like I massacred a large bag of Cheetos, padauk tools really nicely. It’s a strong contender for my new front doors.

-- Bill, Yo!......in Brooklyn & Steel City :)





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KelleyCrafts

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#1 posted 07-24-2018 08:37 PM

Very nice Bill! Great wood choices there!

-- Dave - http://kelleycrafts.com/ - pen blanks - knife scales - turning tools

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builtinbkyn

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#2 posted 07-24-2018 08:42 PM

Thanks Dave. I have to perform a few more tests. I’d like to see what padauk looks like with the pores filled. I also want to test some urethane finish with UV protection on it. Really wasn’t appropriate for a mallet lol

I know from some responses and from reading that it will get darker/browner with UV exposure, but a unique and distinct patina is what I’m going for.

-- Bill, Yo!......in Brooklyn & Steel City :)

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palaswood

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#3 posted 07-24-2018 09:45 PM

Man that is GORGEOUS. I love the contrast, and Padauk has that rosewood open grain look to it that I love.

Great curl on that handle!

I think I just might fire up the lathe tonight and make a shaving or 3.

Well done!

-- Joseph, Irvine CA, @palas_woodcraft on Instagram

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GR8HUNTER

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#4 posted 07-24-2018 09:49 PM

WOW Bill this mallet is really cool looking …. the wood choices are excellent together … GREAT JOB :<))

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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builtinbkyn

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#5 posted 07-24-2018 10:10 PM

Thanks Joe and Tony. The padauk has a really nice luster, but couldn’t really get a good pic. It didn’t photo well under the LED in the shop. I took it outside, but not much better. I might have to use my digital camera for pics in the future. Everything gets distorted with an iPhone camera.

-- Bill, Yo!......in Brooklyn & Steel City :)

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pottz

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#6 posted 07-24-2018 10:15 PM

yeah i agree about the wood combo,very striking.ive worked with padauk for many years,love the color and how easy it is to work with.great smell also.and your right it will eventually turn dark brown especially if it gets a lot of light,sadly because its a beautiful wood.dont know how well it will hold up as a mallet though.nice job bill.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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Andre

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#7 posted 07-24-2018 10:20 PM

Purity! Wonder how it will hold up to some pounding, a Oak mallet I turned just splinter and even Maple not that great but better than the Oak one!

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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Dave Polaschek

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#8 posted 07-24-2018 10:37 PM

Nice looking mallet, Bill! It’s wise of you to try a small project before a large one.

So how long does it get to sit in the sun before you buy the lumber for your doors?

-- Dave - Minneapolis

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builtinbkyn

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#9 posted 07-24-2018 11:21 PM

Thanks guys. I think it will do fine as a mallet. Hard maple is 1450 on the Janka scale. White oak is 1360. African Padauk is 1970, which is just about the same as hickory. It’s also a small mallet. So I won’t be chopping monster mortises in oak with it. It doesn’t have the mass for that.

Dave the mallet isn’t going outside lol I had a cutoff outside but I brought it in as it rained a bit yesterday evening. I forgot to put it back out today. I found a blog where a guy did testing with colorful woods – exposing them for long durations of sunlight without any finish on them. I’ll have to search my browser history to find it. The padauk turned a nice shade of brownish burgundy. I think it will be fine. It has high rot resistance. It’s also dense and stable. So less issues with seasonal movement.

Here’s the wood-database on padauk.

-- Bill, Yo!......in Brooklyn & Steel City :)

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jeffswildwood

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#10 posted 07-24-2018 11:23 PM

Oh no, not another mallet. And a nice one it is! Love the wood colors!

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way that says "I meant to do that".

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Dave Polaschek

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#11 posted 07-24-2018 11:54 PM

Paul, aka Shipwright put some wood with various finishes outside in Arizona last winter. http://lumberjocks.com/shipwright/blog/118330

That was interesting, and padauk was one of the woods.

-- Dave - Minneapolis

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doubleDD

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#12 posted 07-25-2018 12:30 AM

Looks like a fun lathe project. Great job. I can add that when finishing with an oil based finish it will turn that padauk dark brown faster than you would like. Water based finishes will keep it looking great for a few years. Now being expose to sunlight with either finish is above my pay grade. Sure sounds like it will be a heck of a door.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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woodbutcherbynight

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#13 posted 07-25-2018 01:04 AM

Nice looking mallet, almost too good to use. Oh who am I kidding whack away.

LOL

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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builtinbkyn

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#14 posted 07-25-2018 01:06 AM



Paul, aka Shipwright put some wood with various finishes outside in Arizona last winter. http://lumberjocks.com/shipwright/blog/118330

That was interesting, and padauk was one of the woods.

- Dave Polaschek

Thanks for that Dave. Interesting test.

The strongest sun exposure the doors will see is evenings during Summer months, as they face West. There’s also an 80’ to 90’ oak in the front yard that shades it during the earlier part of the day. It’s also deep under the eaves, so no direct weather on it either. Just the late day sun. I think it’s a not bad choice considering it’s a durable flooring material and especially so where radiant floor heating is utilized. It’s very stable exhibiting little influence from heat and moisture.

What I really like about it for the doors aside from the color and the aforementioned, is it’s has a very straight grain. It’s consistent all the way through. Any knots or what might be considered knots, are tiny and add to the appearance. The house is most definitely mid-century modern, but has a zen appeal as it sits into the landscape. So I’d like the doors to reflect that somehow. Ah still lots to consider :)

-- Bill, Yo!......in Brooklyn & Steel City :)

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builtinbkyn

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#15 posted 07-25-2018 01:08 AM



Nice looking mallet, almost too good to use. Oh who am I kidding whack away.

LOL

- woodbutcherbynight


Thanks. We make things to use …....... I think ;)

-- Bill, Yo!......in Brooklyn & Steel City :)

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