|Project by felkadelic||posted 03-11-2012 06:42 AM||2205 views||6 times favorited||16 comments|
Just a mallet that I whipped up one weekend in January using scraps leftover from Christmas presents.
The handle and innermost ply are maple. Outer layers are padauk and purpleheart. The handle is joined to the body with a wedged tenon (actually, the maple section in the middle of the mallet head is two pieces, with the inner walls beveled to make a flared mortise for the handle tenon).
This was my first time using the bandsaw to rough shape something like the handle. It’s far from perfect, but is actually quite comfortable in use.
Also, if you’re wondering, that’s a drop of blood on the handle. As I was using a chisel to pare down the wedges of the tenon, the chisel slipped and I cut off the tip of my right thumb. Bled like hell and warranted a trip to the ER, but it’s healed very well. I’ve decided to leave the blood on the handle as a reminder to be extra-careful in the shop.