|Project by Tinnocker||posted 06-16-2011 03:38 AM||2080 views||3 times favorited||3 comments|
For the contest:
The mallet head is salvaged oak 3 pieces 3/4 X3X4 glued together with white Gorilla Glue to make a block that measures 2X4X3 the handle is 2 scrap pieces of maple left over from my horizontal morticer glued together with the white Gorilla Glue that I then turned on the lathe the handle is held together in the mallet head with White Gorilla Glue. I used the band saw to make the mallet face and I finished the project with 3 coats of mineral oil.
The story behind this is kinda funny, two weeks ago we had barbeque pork spareribs for dinner. I’m the grill master of the house so I made the ribs my way which is to cut the ribs apart, throw them in a pot with salt, barbeque and mesquite seasoning and just cover them in water bring it to a boil then turn the heat down and simmer them for 30 minutes. Once they are cool I put them in a zip-lock plastic bag with a bottle of Sweet Baby Ray’s Honey Barbeque sauce and marinate them in the fridge for 3 hours. Then I grill them on a cast iron grilling platter under the broiler (our grill is kaputski). They are fall off the bones good this way!
Back to the story! When I was cutting up the ribs there was a real hard bone in the way and I used my wife’s favorite heavy duty expensive aluminum meat mallet to hammer the cleaver to cut the bone through. (I’m disabled and don’t have the strength I used to. I need all the help I can get now!) As you can imagine I broke the darn thing! As soon as my wife heard my expletive or (BLEEP!) she knew I did something I shouldn’t have, and came in the kitchen to see what I damaged (How do they know these things?) I apologized and promised that I would make her a new one, even better than the junky aluminum piece of crap. Obviously this didn’t get me off the hook so I also did the dishes and vacuumed, that kinda made her happy.
It may be a few days before I make anymore projects, My wife agreed to let me pull up the carpet in my shop and then I’ll be rearranging things to take advantage of the wheels on my tools.
By the way, my darling was very happy with the mallet. She used it tonight to tenderize chicken breasts for our chicken Parmesan dinner
-- Ted, Browns Mills, NJ http://www.twhgrafx.com/blog/ Darn! I cut it 3 times and it's still too short! I get ideas for things that I can make to make things easier for me to make!