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#1 posted 04-18-2011 03:33 AM
As long as you like it and can use it what does it matter what others say. I say they will be worth your effort.
-- The more I learn, the more I realize I don't know. Ron, Crossville Tn
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#2 posted 04-18-2011 03:45 AM
Dude there great. Swirt posted a great blog on mallet angles you might find an interesting read. An oil finish to me is the best for a tool. I will make something and just rub a little, BLO and go. Ha a rhyme;) Has your wife test the constancy of the hardness of you head yet? If so I bet the mallet lost. Ha a joke;) I would use the big one for major adjustment and the smaller one for light duty. Great turnings.edit comma added;)double edit added swirts link see above;0
-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are." http://chiselandforge.com
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#3 posted 04-18-2011 03:46 AM
William, I like them. I have these on my to do list as well and have been playing on my lathe and putting them off to get better. Good for you just taking it and doing them. I would think they would work pretty nicely.
-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- PortablePastimes.com (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)
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#4 posted 04-18-2011 03:53 AM
I’m a beginner too and last week I started with a 4+4 and practiced on it till I ended up with a 1/2 dowel rod. only way to learn. I watch a lot of videos here and on youtube and woodtube. It helps to watch other guys turn saw dust. Keep at it and you too can turn dowels like me. lol
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#5 posted 04-18-2011 03:54 AM
Good mallets. The only reason I didn’t make the last mallet I made like yours was because I wanted to play with a through dovetail mortise. I like em, keep it up.
-- "Man's ingenuity has outrun his intelligence" (Joseph Wood Krutch)
#6 posted 04-18-2011 03:55 AM
Clieb, I have been doing the same as you, putting off actually making anything to use because I am not good at the lathe, well, not as good as I’d like. There’s nothing like a need to kick your butt in gear though. After breaking the handle on my very old rubber hammer today, I had to have something besides metal head hammers to whack on my wood work with. SuperD, I hope my wife doesn’t go to checking hardness of the hammers on my head. I need these hammers and she’d probably break the handles. “BLO and go?” Never mind, we’ll act like we’re mature enoogh men not to run with that one. Whoa, wait!!!!“rub a little, BLO and go” See the difference a comma can make?I’m being bad. I’d better go now before I get into trouble.
#7 posted 04-18-2011 03:59 AM
Paplou, what you describe is exactly what I meant by “fancy dowels”. In the past, my experience on the lathe has been to turn a square block round, make different designs in it, then turn it smooth again. Then I make more designs and turn it smooth again. I kept doing this till I had the dowel so small that it started flexing when I put the chisel to it. Once I went a littel too far with that and turned one down small enough that it snapped and went flying. Even though it was mighty small by then, it still scared the bejeebies out of me.Eventually, (one of these years) my goal is to work up to turning things like some of the segmented turnings I’ve seen on here. Maybe a vase.
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#8 posted 04-18-2011 04:00 AM
No need to apologize, these are nicer than my mallets, which I made from maple heads and birch dowel. No turning involved. Of course, they were just for my Cub Scouts to use driving leather punches. I still have ‘em.
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#9 posted 04-18-2011 04:08 AM
They are definitely as good as the Ash mallets i turned about 25 years ago as my first turnings. I still use a few of them. Have fun and give something else a try.
-- Robert, so much inspiration here, and now time to work!!!
#10 posted 04-18-2011 04:15 AM
William stop I got to laughing so hard my dog ran up to see if I was OK
#11 posted 04-18-2011 04:16 AM
Thanks for the link SuperD. I never considered an angle on the mallet head until I went and read that.
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#12 posted 04-18-2011 04:17 AM
Some fun.great fly swatters LOL
-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture
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#13 posted 04-18-2011 05:31 AM
And proud you should be. Those are nice, and you’ll get great satisfaction using a tool you created yourself.
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#14 posted 04-18-2011 05:44 AM
The most important factor in a tool is how well it does the job. If they work well, then you’ve created some good tools.
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#15 posted 04-18-2011 06:20 AM
I’m disappointed, they aren’t that funny. Now I gotta go find another project to laugh at ;-)
-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence
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