From pallet to mallet

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Project by Bsmith posted 04-06-2011 06:13 PM 2209 views 1 time favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I had a few scraps of walnut left and lots of oak and I believe poplar from some pallets I took apart. I’ve been wanting to turn a mallet (my first turning project). The head is smaller than I would have liked. I kept getting chip outs so had to go smaller. I one point I thought I was going to end up with a tooth pick. Then proceeded to make a couple of trysquares. Nothing exciting but they’re square. Thanks for looking.

-- Bryan

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#1 posted 04-06-2011 06:14 PM

I like it, I just hope that my first project will turn out so nice.


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#2 posted 04-06-2011 06:52 PM

Pallet to Mallet has a good ring to it. I like it.
Keep that wood from going to the landfill.
Nothing like making your own tools.

-- rhykenologist and plant grower

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#3 posted 04-06-2011 07:09 PM

I like the fact that you recycled your pallets. I also build projects from pallet wood. Good Job!

-- Robert, Mississippi,

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#4 posted 04-06-2011 09:28 PM

I also made a “Pallet Mallet” along with some other items. I noticed that over the last few months the wood seems to be moving a lot. not a big deal with a mallet, but with the Pirate chest i made from a pallet, the lid no longer sits the way it used to. So, just a warning that you can’t trust your squares will stay square.


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#5 posted 04-06-2011 09:57 PM

great tools great recycling :-)
thankĀ“s for sharing

take care

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#6 posted 04-07-2011 07:06 AM

I was turning a handle for a chisel recently and had the same experience. My skew chisel kept catching and I would have to remove a little more material to take out the gouges. Still, your mallet turned out well. I like the contrasting woods. I learned a cool trick recently about those gouges. If the gouge is small, you can fill it with CA Glue (Super glue is what I use) and then sprinkle some fine dust from the wood of your project and press it down into the glue. Finally, sand it flush. Then when you apply a finish, the gouge will pretty much disappear. It will just look like an interesting part of the grain of the wood. That saved a handle for a saw that I made recently. The squares look very nice too.

Thanks for posting your mallet and squares.


-- Hey, woodworking ain't brain surgery. Just do something and keep trying till you get it. Doc

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#7 posted 04-07-2011 07:11 PM

Recycled wood’s the best !!!

-- Pat - Worker of Wood, Collector of Tools, Father of one

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