|Project by Mark Shymanski||posted 02-13-2011 08:02 AM||2219 views||0 times favorited||8 comments|
I needed a mallet to do some mortising I am doing on a stool project so I thought why not build my own. I blogged about it here http://lumberjocks.com/FatherHooligan/blog/21278. I didn’t really plan this out I just sort of tinkered with bits of red oak left over from the stool project and just went with what felt good. I don’t know how long this will last, but it felt sturdy enough when I tested it this morning.
I had a bit of a problem lining stuff up fast enough when I was gluing it up because the kids were doing a great and fast job of spreading the glue and I was trying to fit it all together and not get covered in glue myself (I learned a better order in which to ask Lauren and Paul to glue stuff up) so the bottom is a bit ugly. I trimmed most of the ugly bits off with the bandsaw and then used my Lee Valley block plane to sort of smooth out the head and chamfer the edges so nothing will splinter when it is struck. It may not be the world’s most beautiful mallet but we had fun making it and it feels real solid when I whack things so I am happy.
p.s. I have since put on one coat of BLO just to kind of seal it, and I like the smell of it when it goes on :-)
-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2