New guy from San Diego makes a mallet (first ever post)

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Hello Lumberjocks,
I’m a newbie to this sort of stuff (made a few things over the years but nothing serious…), just getting started putting a shop together. None the less, I needed a mallet and happened to have a hunk of jatoba sitting around. Loved the idea of the very heavy wood for the head but worried about its propensity to split and crack. I decided to wrap the head with heavy copper wire (14 ga Romex I believe). I turned the head, cut a channel for the copper, drilled a couple of holes to tuck the ends into, then with a little epoxy and some more turning for the copper… I had a mallet. I was really just looking for something functional but ended up with what I think is a really nice piece. Just thought I would share.

end note: not sure what type of wood the handle is… it was part of an old pallet.

-- We've got enough youth. Let's search for a fountain of smart.

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#1 posted 01-02-2012 06:37 PM

Nice job! Welcome to LJ’s!

-- Tim, Myrtle Beach, Just one more tool, that's all I need! :)

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Don W

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#2 posted 01-02-2012 06:40 PM

Welcome to LJ’s! Nice Mallet. I like the copper wire trick.

-- - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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#3 posted 01-02-2012 06:42 PM

Beautiful mallet.

A hearty welcome from a half-my-life, but not no more, in San Diego guy (PB, Del Mar, Mission Valley, University Heights, blah, blah, blah).

Eat a Rubio’s bean and cheese burrito for me, huh ? I’d do it for you :-)

-- -- Neil

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#4 posted 01-02-2012 06:43 PM

Wow, very nice indeed!!

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#5 posted 01-02-2012 06:47 PM

Very nicely done sir. Welcome to LJs.

-- - Andy - Old Chinese proverb says: "If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it."

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#6 posted 01-02-2012 06:49 PM

Nice looking mallet! Should be a joy to use.

Welcome to LJs!

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#7 posted 01-02-2012 07:06 PM

Nice job, DanoP! Looks like you know your way around a lathe…Doug

-- Doug, Kansas,

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#8 posted 01-02-2012 07:14 PM

Welcome to LJs but I don’t believe for a minute that you have made a mallet. Way too nice. I believe that what you have made is a gavel. 8)

-- ♫♪♪♫♫ Saddletramp, saddletramp, I'm as free as the breeze and I ride where I please, saddletramp ♪♪♪♫♪ ...... Bob W....NW Michigan (Traverse City area)

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#9 posted 01-02-2012 09:30 PM

I really like the wire wrap. Adds strength and mass at the same time. At first glance, I thought the wire was solid copper bands. Welcome to LJ’s, good work.

-- "Man's ingenuity has outrun his intelligence" (Joseph Wood Krutch)

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#10 posted 01-03-2012 12:52 AM

Welcome to lumberjocks..good work on the mallet! be to check out every thing.. i,m still trying to see everything myself lol..


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#11 posted 01-03-2012 01:54 AM

Welcome to LJs
This mallet is double sweet. great job.

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#12 posted 01-03-2012 02:17 AM

Welcome to LJs – stick around for while and enjoy the site.

-- Dave in Minnesota - If it ain't broke, improve it!

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#13 posted 01-03-2012 02:44 AM

Sweet looking mallet! Welcome to LJ and looking forward to seeing some more projects.

-- Good judgement comes from experience and experience comes from poor judgement.

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#14 posted 01-03-2012 03:53 AM

That is really beautifull.

Welcome to LJ’s from one SD newbie to another (El Cajon/Lakeside).

-- “There is nothing like looking, if you want to find something. You certainly usually find something, if you look, but it is not always quite the something you were after.” ~ JRR Tolkien

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#15 posted 01-03-2012 05:07 AM

Thats a great mallet. The idea with the copper is very ingenious. Thanks for sharing your project with and welcome to LJs

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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