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Mallet with Autumn's help

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Project by twokidsnosleep posted 03-14-2011 12:40 AM 1267 views 1 time favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well I am on a roll here so will flood LJ with my little projects

This is a mallet that I had help with from LJ’ess Autumn, who made a lovely LV mallet here
http://lumberjocks.com/projects/40271
I was thinking of ebony as a head, but Autumn wrote me and suggested that it would be too brittle and prone to breakage/chipping. So, she suggested I use a tight grained fruit wood and offered some apricot wood to me. How cool is that of her. Thanks again for that offer Autumn, wonderful gesture to a complete stranger! I just so happened to have a little pear wood in the garage so with her consent off I went into my exotics cut off box (ordered online for $15) to get some accompanying wood.
I am going to have to go look up what all the woods were:
Pear cheeks and face for sure
Jatoba handle ?
Morado wedges?
Something else in the middle?
That is the problem with off cuts as you are never sure, but also the fun part as you get to try out new weird woods and hone the old ID skills. I like to draw and research a project out so the last pic is my rough plans from my project journal. I looked at a lot of LJ’ers mallets…. shape, size, materials before falling into this one design of my own.
Thanks for looking Cheers, Scott

-- Scott "Some days you are the big dog, some days you are the fire hydrant"





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#1 posted 03-14-2011 12:56 AM

I like the way you put that mallet together. I always think of boring a hole but this is better.

-- Roy Montana

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#2 posted 03-14-2011 12:56 AM

A good looking mallet and a great story to go with it.

-- "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

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#3 posted 03-14-2011 01:08 AM

Thanks guys
Reading my scribbly notes it looks like the woods are:
middle piece is Brazillian Cherry = Jatoba http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hymenaea_courbaril
Bubinga splines
Jatoba handle
Pear cheeks
See it pays off to keep notes

-- Scott "Some days you are the big dog, some days you are the fire hydrant"

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#4 posted 03-14-2011 08:15 AM

Gotta read better, handle is Paduk

-- Scott "Some days you are the big dog, some days you are the fire hydrant"

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#5 posted 03-14-2011 09:16 AM

cool mallet, nice job

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions - http://www.steliart.com --

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#6 posted 05-24-2011 03:24 AM

Today my wife, who never goes near my workbench, decided that this mallet was perfect to drive in wooden stakes that support the trellis in her garden.
Thanks honey….geese

-- Scott "Some days you are the big dog, some days you are the fire hydrant"

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#7 posted 10-28-2012 10:01 PM

That’s a beautiful tool. How does the rectangular section handle feel after extended use?

-- - Power is not revealed by striking hard or often, but by striking true. -

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#8 posted 11-07-2012 07:29 PM

Sorry, I didn’t see your question earlier.
The handle is ok, I have actually beveled the corners where I hold it. But it is really a for show mallet used sparingly.
An old school chum did some lathe work this summer with my kids and I. He made a great round mallet and I put soft pig skin and a deer lacing so it looks like a zebra handle…that one is comfy!
I will see if I can get a picture

-- Scott "Some days you are the big dog, some days you are the fire hydrant"

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