Carvers mallet with a brass head.

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Project by Thomas_Ax posted 01-31-2011 09:14 AM 3993 views 1 time favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch



Shaft: Danish oak.
Head: Brass.
Wedge: Mahogany.



Length: 5,2 cm. (2,05 Inches)
With: (at its widest) 3,7 cm. (1,46 Inches)
With: (at its smallest) 2,1 cm. (0,83 Inches)


Length: 13,9 cm. (5,47 Inches)
Width: (at its widest) (1,14 Inches)
With: (at its smallest) 2,1 cm. (0,83 Inches)

Overall size: 19,1 cm. (7,52 Inches) Weight: 247 g. (0.5445418 Pound)

I’ll start by saying that I have not made it all myself. I have had supervision by my two good friends.

The head is made of a brass rod by Thomas –
The shaft I have made of an oak plank under the supervision of Mads –

It was a real pleasure to try to work on a wood lathe. It’s as funny as I’ve always imagined.
Working with design by a wood lathe is beautiful and simple, and it is certainly not the last time I have worked at the wood lathe.

That day we made the brass head, I found that there should be two scratches around the brass head. When I had turned the handle, I decided to create two similar cracks around at the bottom of the shaft just on top of the knob. The two scratches are made by holding a steel line to the shaft so it burns two black scratches down the shaft.

The shaft is designed by hand and my imagination and I had just a second shaft to look at for inspiration. I am very pleased with the shaft size and shape. The shaft fits comfortably in your hand and is well balanced.

The head is attached with a wedge of mahogany and it is all glued together with epoxy glue.

My brass mallet is made by inspiration from this brass mallet:

-- Tools is designed to be used --

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#1 posted 01-31-2011 12:00 PM

Hi there Mr. Ax,
I salute you on your fine project!
It became a very fine little mallet indeed.
I can confirm that you not only turned this, but also tryed out the different tools on the lathe, and did extremely fine.
The ornaments on the shaft as you talk about, we made by turning a small spur, and then holding a thin stellwire on the spur while still spinning the lathe, this makes the wood ‘burn’ and the dark color show.
(I learned this here on LJ by a fellow LJ’s kind advice).
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#2 posted 01-31-2011 12:27 PM

Hi coffee man ;-)

I had great pleasure in trying your lathe. Hope we can use the lathe again someday in the near future.
I’m so happy about my carvers mallet that I ran around with it the whole evening yesterday :-D

The little trick with burning the round ornaments in the wood with the steelwire is great and werry easy and gives the shaft a nice look in no time.

Hope to see you soon to have a good cup of expresso and to do some fine woodworks.

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#3 posted 01-31-2011 03:38 PM

Great looking carvers mallet.

Thanks for sharing

OH and BTW: Welcome to Lumberjocks ! Lots of great ideas, info, inspiration, and support here (as many will tell ya – the site is quite addictive).. Enjoy…

-- Scotty - aka... SgtSnafu - Randleman NC

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#4 posted 01-31-2011 08:03 PM

Welcome to LJ’s Thomas I really like the mallet the color of the wood goes great with the brass. with the shape of the head Is It good for hammering the chisel? I wood like to see some of your carving? thanks! for posting.

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#5 posted 01-31-2011 09:30 PM

Thank you SgtSnafu.

I feel welcome here and i already enjoy spending time here looking at all the nice and inspiring projects.

Thank you B13.

I have not yet used the carvers hammer with my chisels. But i will let you all know how it’s performing when i have been working with the hammer. But it feels really nice in my hand and it have a weary good balance.

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#6 posted 01-31-2011 10:25 PM

I like it.
What is holding the brass onto the handle? I can’t see from the photos. Is it epoxied or is there a wedge driven in the end?

-- Galootish log blog,

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#7 posted 01-31-2011 11:42 PM

Hi swirt.
Im glad you like my carvers mallet.

The brass head is held on to the handle with a wedge of mahogany and epoxy glue.

-- Tools is designed to be used --

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#8 posted 02-01-2011 05:49 AM

Dude that is awosome! I would actually carve more if I made one of those! Well done!

-- christopheralan

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#9 posted 02-01-2011 11:25 PM

Yoy did a great job on the the mallet my friend.

Thomas is the one who had helped me mostly building up my shop.

Thanks once again :)

Ill bet you gonna learn a lot of things wery fast. looking forward to see you again.

-- Boatbuilder&blacksmith

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#10 posted 02-01-2011 11:32 PM

@ christopheralan – Thank you.

@ Thomas – I love my mallet, and thanks for the brass head.

I can’t wait to “move in” in your work shop. I have a little project waiting.

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