Mini Maple Mallet

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Project by jjw5858 posted 10-03-2011 01:22 AM 1982 views 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My photos in brief description.

1: The mighty German Springpole Lathe, a wonderful workhorse….. for even a turning novice.
2: Mini Maple Mallet on the Lathe
3: Shavings to polish the work to a fine Maple glow.
4: Cut down, filed and resting in some random shavings
5: A mock up of the kind of work I will use this for when needed
6. The traditional…lol…..(before and after shot) from the same limb I took this Maple from.

I have enjoyed doing some micro or smaller carvings as you may have seen on some of my past work. I have been wanting a small and easy to hold mallet that was just right for smaller less clunky work, needing less weight per tap of the smaller chisels and vee tools.

So I went out to my woodpile and got myself some maple that I was lucky to get by helping a neighbor last month with the clean up of Hurricane Irene. I have been able to practice here and there with turning, and being that I built the foot powered German Springpole Lathe….hey, and being its still Oktoberfest…and being that I am German…lol, I thought….why the hell not give it a spin….lol

I did all the traditional preveious steps….used the drawknife on my Bodgers Horse to shave the bark, then got over to my Lathe, Rough Gouged, Skewed and gave a spirited Galoot effort.

The diameter of the branch piece was all I had available at the time…so although I would have went a little thicker at the top…..honestly in useing it….for me….it’s great…..enough weight for light work where you might just want to use a mallet for control over hand pressure (Hey who am I kidding…I also wanted to play and get more time on the lathe…lol.) The handle really turned it nice and fits like a glove.

The entire project is all by hand….and foot…..and lots of it. A great workout and to do this old school Galoot style is a true labor of love, patience and a series dedicated disclipline. Turning this way for me is incredible teacher….letting the wood guide my foot and letting me work along with it’s natural story of grain.

I am only a beginner and have greater miles to travel, but I love all the feedback and wonderful work all of my fellow buddies and new viewers on here always showcase. How lucky to have a source of so many talented pros to learn along with.

Thanks for all of the inspiration and creative woodcraft, handmade as well as electric.

Time for some suds, be well and thanks to anyone who stopped by to enjoy some time here.


-- "Always continue to learn, laugh and share!" JJW

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#1 posted 10-03-2011 01:55 AM

Cheers! Very nice work.

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#2 posted 10-03-2011 05:47 AM

Great idea, my oak/walnut mallet is too heavy, makes my old arm tired!

Thanks for posting,

-- Smitty

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#3 posted 10-03-2011 08:14 AM

Nice work on the mallet. I think the small pieces of lumber are overlooked to often. Thanks for sharing!

-- The works of evil people are not the problem. It is the "Good" people standing by and watching not speaking up. Dubsaloon

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#4 posted 10-03-2011 09:39 PM

hi very nice


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#5 posted 10-04-2011 11:02 PM

Nice job!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#6 posted 10-06-2011 12:19 PM

Wonderful lathe.
Wonderful mallet.
Wonderful finish.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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