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Project by JJohnston posted 1393 days ago 1257 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was just a fun little lathe exercise I knocked out today. It’s construction-grade Douglas fir 2-by, 2 layers glued up (I put the seam right in the middle in the first shot). It’s 10” long, head and handle 5” each, and a little under 3” diameter at the big end. It’s probably too soft and chippy to actually use. If you look closely at the second shot, you can see some dents that have formed already after a short session of experimental chiseling, about a third of the way down from the end. All in all, even this quickie has given me some valuable info I can use when I make one out of a suitable wood. Meanwhile, I’ll use this one, to heck with the dents.

-- "Sorry I'm late. Somebody tampered with my brakes." "You should have been early, then."





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Derek Lyons

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#1 posted 1393 days ago

Nice little mallet.

-- Derek, Bremerton WA --

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BigTiny

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#2 posted 1392 days ago

Wrap the head in wet rawhide and let it dry in place. It will shrink to a really tight fit and a couple of layers of rawhide are as hard as most hardwoods.

-- The nicer the nice, the higher the price!

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JJohnston

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#3 posted 1392 days ago

Interesting approach. Are you talking about a thong, or a sheet? How would I wrap it with a sheet?

-- "Sorry I'm late. Somebody tampered with my brakes." "You should have been early, then."

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StevenAntonucci

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#4 posted 1392 days ago

I made so many mallets a while back that I lost count. First piece of advice- if you leave the center marks on both ends, you can re-turn them when the faces get all chewed up. Second piece of advice- your firewood pile probably has some better stock in it than doug fir. I like maple over oak and ash, as the maple tends to dent while the other two splinter.

If you turn, these can be disposable…

-- Steven

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hairy

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#5 posted 1392 days ago

Those are a good way to use up scraps, get some lathe practice, and end up with a useful item.

I have several laying around in different places. I never know when I need to hit something.Soft mallets don’t damage your work piece.

-- the last of Barret's Privateers...

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a1Jim

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#6 posted 1392 days ago

great for cracking walnuts :))

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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